103 Regiment are a close-knit and thriving regiment that trains on and deploys with some of the Army's most advanced Artillery systems. We regularly exercise overseas as well as play a full part on operations. However, we do more than just military training with members enjoying a range of social, sporting and adventurous training opportunities.
103rd Regiment has always had a strong regional feel, known as the ‘Northwest Gunners’.
Officially formed in 1967 from various North West Artillery units, 103 Regiment’s history dates back many years and each of the Batteries are very proud of their individual stories. Having re-structured its capabilities several times we now operate all over the world with the 105mm L118 Light Gun.
The Regiment is based primarily in the North West of England with Army Reserve Centres in St Helens, Bolton, Manchester and Liverpool and in the Midlands we have an Army Reserve Centre in Wolverhampton. We also have smaller detachments in both Carlisle and the Isle of Man.
Recruiting is the highest priority after support to operations, the Regimental Recruiting Team attend several key events throughout the year
Although never deployed as full regiment in it’s current format 103rd Regiment has deployed small packets or individuals to operational and Training theatres.
The Northwest Gunners have deployed Operationally to:
Have trained worldwide including:
And have conducted Adventure Training in:
We are proud to call the North West our spiritual home.
Not just experts in operating the L118 105mm Light Gun, the ‘Northwest Gunners’ offer a wide and diverse range of opportunities to our soldiers including:
Lance Bombardier Lloyd
“ I joined 49 (Inkerman) Battery in December 2017 and have not looked back. I am employed as a Control Node Second-in-Command and since joining the Battery I have deployed twice on Ex JOINT WARRIOR, Ex TOBRUK LEGACY in Hungary and Ex INVICTA SHOT in support of 11 (Sphinx) Battery. I am also the Battery Physical Training Instructor (PTI) and a keen orienteerer, having won the Royal Artillery championships two years in a row. I find working at 16th Regiment Royal Artillery very rewarding and really enjoy working alongside like-minded and hardworking individuals”.
Lieutenant Matt Bush
“I have had a tremendously fulfilling start to my career. It has been action-packed and rewarding in terms of the variety of pursuits and deployments. This shows the flexibility and dynamism 16th Regiment Royal Artillery can offer to a newly Commissioned Officer. As a Troop Commander, I lead a troop of highly skilled soldiers working on the Rapier FSC missile system. I have deployed on various exercises, completed a testing Nordic Ski season and Adventurous Training. I am imminently deploying to Estonia as a Brigade Air Defence Liaison Officer”.
The Lancashire Artillery Volunteers were first raised in 1859 as part of the Volunteer Force. A total of 23 Artillery companies were raised initially. However, in Manchester, numerous units that would later form the Lancashire Artillery Gunners had existed from as early as 1804, when the Duke of Gloucester inspected the Heaton Artillery Volunteers before they were shipped off to the fronts of the Napoleonic Wars.
In 1967, some of these units were amalgamated to form 103rd (Lancashire Artillery Volunteers) Light Air Defence Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers) equipped with Bofors 40/70 Light Anti-Aircraft Gun. Its units were;
•Headquarters Battery in Liverpool
•208 (3rd West Lancashire) Light Air Defence Battery in Liverpool
•209 (The Manchester Artillery) Light Air Defence Battery in Manchester
In 1969 a new Battery joined the Regiment;
•213 (South Lancashire Artillery) Light Air Defence Battery was formed at St Helens.
In 1976, the regiment changed its designation to 103rd (Lancashire Artillery Volunteers) Air Defence Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers) upon being equipped with the Blowpipe man portable Surface to Air Missiles.
•HQ Battery (King's) at Liverpool.
•208 (3rd West Lancashire) Air Defence Battery in Liverpool, B Troop in Prestatyn and C (South Lancashire Artillery) in St Helens.
•209 (The Manchester Artillery) Air Defence Battery with HQ and D and E Troops in Manchester and F Troop (The Bolton Artillery) in Bolton.
•213 (South Lancashire Artillery) Air Defence Battery in St Helens with Troop in Widnes.
Then, in 1986 another new Battery was formed within the Regiment;
•216 (The Bolton Artillery) Battery in Bolton.
In 1992, as a result of the Options for Change, the regiment lost one Air-Defence Battery (213 Battery), which was amalgamated with HQ Battery in St Helens and Regimental Headquarters were moved from Liverpool to St. Helens to be co-located with HQ Battery.
In 2001, the regiment transferred from Air Defence to the Field Artillery as a Light Gun Regiment which is where it remains today. Under Army 2020, 209 (Manchester & St Helens) Battery Royal Artillery increased to a battery size. 210 (Staffordshire) Battery Royal Artillery, based in Wolverhampton, joined this regiment from 106th (Yeomanry) Regiment Royal Artillery, and re-roled to a light gun battery.
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