248 Light Bty RA, the junior battery, was only formed in 1941, as “A” Bty 59 Fd Regt. It served in Iraq,the Middle East and India, where it was reorganised as a Parachute Light Battery in 87 AB Fd Regt. It was reformed in Korea in January, 1952, and fired its first mortar bombs in support of 28 Britcom Inf Bde early in February.
15 Loc/LAA Bty RA the fourth but senior battery in the Regiment, was formed in 1757 as part of 1 Bn RA. It was first in action in 1758 in the expedition against Guadeloupe. It was transferred to 2 Bn RA, and in 1764 embarked for Pensacola (Florida), remaining there until 1769. It subsequently served overseas in Minorca (1782), St. Johns, Newfoundland (1789-1819), and in the Crimean War as a Ball Cartridge Brigade, to mention only the earlier campaigns.
61 Light Regiment RA stretches from the right to left and from front to rear of the whole Divisional area. By controlling the fire of the mortars regimentally, the maximum close support can be provided for each individual brigade, and in addition bombards on active enemy mortars can be fired by as many mortars as can be brought to bear, irrespective of which brigades they are directly supporting. The Sound Ranging bases, with their advanced posts with the forward infantry, have located a considerable number of enemy gun and mortar positions. AA guns, in addition to their normal role, have engaged numerous enemy localities over open sights. In this way the Light Regiment, formed in action in Korea from operational necessity, is playing its part as proud member of this the first British Commonwealth Division.
KOREA 1950 – 1953
Sound Ranging Able, Baker & Charlie Troops