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29 Commando Batteries

7 (Sphinx) Commando Battery

7 (Sphinx) Commando

The battery is in a regeneration year after a busy period part of the Lead Commando Group, supporting 45 Commando. The battery conducted joint exercises in France with the French marines and also training in Albania as part of Exercise Cougar.
While on regeneration the battery is concentrating on bringing everyone up to speed with training and career courses.

8 (Alma) Commando Battery 'Black Eight'

8 (Alma) Commando Battery

Raised in March 1755 as Captain R. Maitland’s Company. In 1809, it served in the Napoleonic Wars and fought under Wellington in the Peninsula before changing its title to 1 Company 3 Battalion Royal Artillery in 1825. 

In 1954 the battery was awarded the Honour Title ‘Alma’. In 1960, the battery moved to the Royal Citadel, Plymouth and in 1962 became a Commando Battery, in support of 3 Commando Brigade.

23 (Gibraltar 1779-83) Commando Headquarters Battery

23 (Gibraltar 1779-83)

The battery’s history can be traced back to February 1757 when it was first formed as Captain S Stracheys Company and was detailed immediately for service in America. The Company fought well against the French and Spanish serving at the siege of Louisbourg, the battle for Niagra and in 1760 at the capture of Montreal.

79 (Kirkee) Commando Battery

79 (Kirkee) Commando

Raised on 13th October 1797 as the 6th Company of the Bombay Artillery in the Honourable East India Company. The battery's battle honour dates from the Mahratta-Pindari wars, when four 12 pounder guns from the battery supported a column against a Mahattra Confederacy force of 35,000 at Kirkee near Poona. The accurate fire of the guns was critical to the outcome and the battery was awarded the honour title “Kirkee”.

148 (Meiktila) Commando Forward Observation Battery

148 (Meiktila) Commando

148 Battery was formed in India in 1842 as S Company, 2nd Battalion of the Bengal Artillery. In 1861 the battery became part of the Field Artillery and in 1900 was retitled as 59 Battery Royal Artillery. Whilst in India the battery fought in the first Sikh War, the Indian Mutiny and the battles of the North West Frontier.

During the First World War, the battery fought in France and Belgium.