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Royal Field Artillery

Postby Bluecarrots » Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:07 pm

Hi

I’m researching my great grandfather William John Price (b.1880) and based on his pension records found on Ancestry I have pulled together a brief timeline of his military career.

In September 1902 he joined the Royal Field Artillery and after an initial (and I assume training) posting to No.6 Depot Seaforth, he was sent to Cork and Limerick as part of 88th Battery.

Whilst he went on to fight in WW1, I’m currently interested in finding out more about his early service in Ireland.

At which barracks in Cork and Limerick was he actually stationed?
Why was he sent there?

Can anyone point me in the direction of any useful resources, my initial trawl round has not thrown up anything of interest or use.

Many Thanks … Blue
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Re: Royal Field Artillery

Postby brunes08 » Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:43 pm

I just googled History of Royal Horse Artillery - lots of useful sites came up. You might find something there.
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Re: Royal Field Artillery

Postby brunes08 » Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:44 pm

Apologies, I should have said Royal Field Artillery, not Horse.
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Re: Royal Field Artillery

Postby Bluecarrots » Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:48 pm

Thanks Brunes08

I've been googling all evening :)

The problem is there is loads of WW1 resources and for 88th Battery there appears to be some interesting Boer War stuff. However I'm interested in the 1902 - 1905 period of which there seems to be nothing or nothing I can make head or tail of :(

All this army stuff seems to be in a different language ... I'll keep trying.

Cheers...Blue
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Re: Royal Field Artillery

Postby Sylcec » Wed Nov 12, 2014 2:19 am

The RA was such a massive organisation! Have you contacted their museum "Firepower" to ask about the 88th battery? Their website here: http://firepower.org.uk/ . I suspect that nothing much happened while your ancestor was in Ireland during peacetime, which is why you are having trouble finding information. Change your search terms to look for the barracks and you will find more, e.g.
This looks like the military barracks in Cork:http://ballincollig.wordpress.com/military-barracks/
There's also this Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collins_Barracks,_Cork
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Re: Royal Field Artillery

Postby Bluecarrots » Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:36 pm

Thanks Sylec.

Yes I did contact the RFA Museum but they had no real info on the 88th :(

As you say (and as I'm quickly learning) the RFA was huge organisation and incredibly confusing for a non military person like myself to understand.

It looks like there were several installations in Cork ... I found a site that listed around 12 sites (i tried to include it in my post but it thought it was spam).

I think I'm just going to keep plodding on trawling through the web.

Cheers ... Blue
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Re: Royal Field Artillery

Postby AdrianB38 » Wed Nov 12, 2014 2:14 pm

I found an ORBAT (order of battle) on http://orbat.com/site/uk_orbats/files/o ... my1902.pdf that puts 88 Battery at Limerick in Cork District.

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Re: Royal Field Artillery

Postby AdrianB38 » Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:00 pm

There is a massive number of Orders of Battle (ORBATs) in "The Nafziger Collection of Orders of Battle" accessible via http://www.cgsc.edu/carl/nafziger.asp

If you download the Finding Aid from that page and plough through looking for references to "British", then at p.191 of 335, you find "Stations of the British Army, 19 November 1904". At that point the 88th was at Woolwich. There are ORBATs for earlier dates before that reference but I didn't find significantly later but still pre-1914 ones.

The other way to locate units is via the Army Lists on http://www.archive.org The URL https://archive.org/search.php?query=%281941%29%20AND%20collection%3A%28nlsarmylists%29 That URL is set to find Army Lists mentioning 1941 in their cataloging - I'm sure you can alter it for the requisite years! If you then muddle around inside, find Artillery in the contents, then go to those pages and wade your way though, you will find that in the 1905 edition, 88 Battery was in XIV Brigade at Woolwich. The Army Lists are primarily aimed at listing officers - the units come out as a by-product that is more difficult to search through.
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Re: Royal Field Artillery

Postby Bluecarrots » Thu Nov 13, 2014 5:34 pm

Thanks Adrian

Sorry for the tardy reply.

Will look into these new resources this evening :)

Thanks again....Blue
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