“The Geordie and West Riding Gunners” are the Royal Artillery’s Army Reserve unit in the North East of England, and the only Army Reserve unit to hold, maintain and train on the armoured tracked M270, Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS).
The MLRS is the British Army’s main ‘precision fire’ weapon system, able to engage targets at long ranges with extreme accuracy. Each battery has its own reconnaissance and command sections which control the MLRS movement and firing, as well as the delivery of ammunition. The 3 man MLRS detachment will often operate and move independently, as will the other elements of the of the battery, such as the 2 man ammunition crew.
Under the Army 2020 restructuring project the Regiment re-rolled to become a Depth Fires regiment equipped with the fearsome MLRS. It is now paired with its Regular Army counterpart 26 Regiment RA, and trains hard to meet the next challenge, supporting both the UK and NATO formations.
DIVISIONAL AND CORPS DEEPFIRES
Strike – “Gunner Missile System operators are trained to receive and process fire orders to enable the Multiple Launch Rocket System to fire rockets out to 300km."
Communications - "Artillery Command Systems are the best of the best, ensuring the Artillery network of communications stays up and running. Working with the most up to date Radios and IT equipment“
Logistics – "Gunner Logistics ensure Artillery ammunition is in the right place at the right time to help strike the enemy.“
Reservist serving with 101st (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery have deployed all over the world.
Some of the countries our Reserves have deployed to are:
• Czech Republic
• South Africa
• United States of America
• The Balkans
Our Regimental Headquarters is based in Gateshead at Napier Armoury and we have four sub units located across the North East and Yorkshire:
•203 (Elswick) Battery, Blyth.
•204 (Tyneside Scottish) Battery, Kingston Park.
•Including a Troop in Hexham.
•205 (3rd Durham Volunteer Artillery) Battery, South Shields.
•Including a Troop in Catterick.
•269 (West Riding) Battery, Leeds
The Regiment can trace its origins to Tynemouth in 1859 when the Northumberland Volunteer Artillery was the first artillery unit formed to combat the threat from France.
Fifty years of volunteer artillery service came to and end with the formation of the Territorial Army and the outbreak of the First World War which saw the first territorial rounds of the war fired by the Durham Howitzer Brigade and the blooding of the Tyneside Scottish who would later become part of the Regiment.
The Second World War again saw the North East Territorial Gunners engaged in field, anti aircraft and survey roles, not least in the Deserts of North Africa where Northumbrian Gunners were overrun at El Alamein, and Sicily where Durham Gunners turned Italian coastal guns on their previous owners.
101 Regiment was formed in 1967, as part of the Territorial Army Volunteer Reserve (TAVR).
Formed in the heat of the cold war, since 1990, the Regiment has mobilised soldiers to the Balkans, Cyprus, Iraq and Afghanistan and stands ready to answer the next challenge.