Royal Artillery

4 Regiment Royal Artillery

Regimental Life

4th Regiment Royal Artillery exists to provide combat support to both Infantry and Cavalry Regiments. We have a proud and successful history of deploying on Operations. Since 1945 the Northeast Gunners have deployed operationally 17 times including the Falkland Islands, Iraq and Afghanistan. In our current role as an L118 Light Gun Regiment there are currently members of the Regiment posted in all corners of the world and part of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force.

Our Regiment

Facts & Figures


Active From:

28 May 1939







Our Skills

Not just experts in operating the L118 105mm Light Gun, the ‘Northeast Gunners’ offer a wide and diverse range of opportunities to our soldiers including:

  • Gun Operators – Fire a 15kg high explosive shell over 17km
  • Forward Observers – Control and coordinate artillery, mortar and rocket fire from a concealed observation post.
  • Communicators – Become an expert in operating cutting-edge technology.
  • Drivers – Gain civilian qualifications, drive military vehicles.
  • Forward Air Controllers – Control the weapons of an international array of multimillion-pound aircraft.

Current Deployment

“Everywhere” is the motto of the Royal Artillery and 4th Regiment certainly lives up to this.

Over the past few years the Northeast Gunner have deployed Operationally to:

  • Iraq
  • Afghanistan
  • Cyprus

Have trained worldwide including:

  • Kenya
  • Canada
  • Belize
  • Spain
  • Australia
  • Gibraltar
  • USA

And have assisted in training Armed Forces around the world in:

  • Nigeria
  • Oman
  • Latvia

Our Location

4th Regiment are located in Alanbrooke Barracks, Thirsk. We are in the shadow and of the North Yorkshire Moors and a stone’s throw from York and Harrogate. We recruit from the Northeast; hence the Regiment being known as the “Northeast Gunners”. We are one of the three Royal Artillery Regiments based in the North offering fantastic stability to our soldier’s families and friends.


  1. 28 May 1939

    The Regiment was formed as 4th Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (RHA) at Helmieh, Egypt and equipped with 25 pound guns.

  2. 23 November 1941

    Brigadier John Charles Campbell was awarded the Victoria Cross for Gallantry shown whilst in Command of 4th Regiment RHA.

  3. 1947-1961

    The Regiment was based worldwide in Germany twice and Hong Kong.

  4. 1965-2012

    4th Regiment Royal Artillery deploys on no less than 17 Operational Tours including Northern Ireland, Borneo, Cyprus, the Falkland Isles and more recently Afghanistan. 

  5. 2008

    The Regiment moves to at Alanbrooke Barracks, Topcliffe, as a Light Gun Regiment, where it resides today.