Stations of the Royal Artillery in India

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Sources for determining the locations of Royal Artillery batteries.

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Law's Tables

For the period 1716 to 1877 Battery Records of the Royal Artillery compiled by MES Laws (two volumes: Volume 1, 1716-1859 and Volume 2, 1859-1877) is a comprehensive guide to battery stations that also helps navigate the frequent renumberings that took place. It is available to consult at the British Library, the RA's Firepower museum and on the open access library shelves at The National Archives. A third volume covering the period following 1877 is unpublished, but held by Firepower.

Note that sometime in the period March 1888 to August 1889 the names of the Batteries in the Royal Field Artillery Brigades changed from an alphabetical to a numerical name.

The Nafziger Collection of Orders of Battle

The following table links to pdf documents from The Nafziger Collection of Orders of Battle derived from sources such as The Army and Navy Gazette and containing information relating to the Royal Artillery in India. Some documents provide limited information.

Although there does not appear to be any information relating to British troops in India after 1904, there is information available prior to 1862 but whether it includes the Royal Artillery is not known. Prior to the Indian Mutiny (1857) there were only limited Royal Artillery troops in India. It appears that titles such as Distribution of the British Army (available 1836-1868, 1872, 1899-1903) and Stations of the British Army (available 1869-1904) will also contain details of Royal Artillery troops in India for at least some periods. For information about searching for documents on this website, see Stations of British Army troops in India.

Stations of the Royal Artillery in India 1863-1904
4 April 1863 2 April 1864 1 April 1865
31 March 1866 2 November 1867 4 April 1868 10 April 1869
1 April 1871 5 March 1873 7 March 1874 3 April 1875 1 March 1876
7 March 1877 ? 4 January 1879 5 July 1879 4 September 1880 4 December 1880
2 April 1881 2 September 1882 2 December 1882 3 March 1883
2 February 1884 4 October 1884 7 March 1885 5 September 1885 3 July 1886
7 May 1887 3 March 1888 3 August 1889 1 March 1890 3 March 1891
23 July 1898 27 August 1898 21 September 1898 17 December 1898
July 1899 March 1900 May 1900 June 1900
April 1901 July 1901 August 1901 November 1901 December 1901
February 1902 April 1902 May 1902 July 1902 October 1902
December 1902 July 1903 19 November 1904

The New Annual Army List

The following information from the publication The New Annual Army List gives details of the location of Royal Artillery Batteries generally, including those based in India. Archive.org. The title of this publication varied over time: 1881-1893, The New Annual Army List, Militia List, Yeomanry Cavalry List, and Indian Civil Service List; 1894-1901, The New Annual Army List, Militia List, and Yeomanry Cavalry List; 1902-1903, Hart's Annual Army List, Militia List, and Yeomanry Cavalry List; 1904-1908, Hart's Annual Army List, Militia List, and Imperial Yeomanry List

Stations of the Royal Artillery including India 1883-1914
1883, page 184 1884, page 184 1885, page 184
1886, page 184 1887, page 184 1889, page 184 1890, page 184
1891, page 184 1892, page 184
1896, page 184 1897, page 185 1898, page 185 1899, page 185 1900, page 187
1901, page 187 1902, page 187 1903, page 187 1904, page 187 1905, page 187
1906, page 187 1907, page 187 1908, page 187 1909, page 187 1910, page 229
1911, page 229 1912, page 213 1913, page 213 1914, page 213

Specific years

Stations in 1859

Stations in 1869

The Indian Army and Civil Service List July 1869 Google Books

Afghanistan 1878-1882

Refer Stations of British Army troops in India

Stations in 1902

Stations in 1911

The following list is derived from the 1911 England and Wales Census which included overseas military bases, taken from The National Archives RG 14/34978-34992, 34995, 34997 catalogue entry. There are indications it may not be a complete list of all regiments which were actually in India at the time.

  • India, Ambala, N Battery Royal Horse Artillery.
  • India, Lucknow, U Battery Royal Horse Artillery.
  • India, Lucknow, C Ammunition Column Royal Horse Artillery.
  • Punjab, India, Jullundur, 16th Brigade RFA Staff.
  • India Hyderabad 18th Field Artillery Brigade Staff.
  • India, Hyderabad, No 4 Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery.
  • Unknown, Unknown, 12th Battery, Royal Field Artillery. This entry appeared with others relating to India.
  • India, Cawnpore, 19th Battery Royal Field Artillery.
  • India, Lucknow, 20th Battery Royal Field Artillery.
  • India, Hyderabad, 59th Battery RFA
  • India, Belgaum, 84th Battery Royal Field Artillery.
  • Punjab, India, Jullundur, 89th Battery Royal Field Artillery.
  • Punjab, India, Multan, 90th Battery RFA.
  • Baluchistan, India, Quetta, Royal Garrison Artillery Staff.
  • India, Jutogh, No 5 Mountain Battery RGA.
  • Baluchistan, India, Quetta, No 7 Mountain Battery RGA.
  • India, Quetta, No 8 Mountain Battery, RGA.
  • India, Quetta, 51 Company RGA.
  • Punjaub, India, Multan, 90th Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery.
  • Baluchistan, India, Quetta, No 101 Company RGA.

Great War Forum thread by Black Sapper (Peter Holden) 1911 Census for Military – Overseas contains pdf links to 1911 Overseas Military Census data on Ancestry.com, including that for India, in post 13. Royal Artillery data from India is included. Note the pdf images are only available to logged in members of GWF. To actually access the information in the pdf files, you must be logged in to Ancestry.com, a pay site.