Royal Field Artillery

The Royal Field Artillery (RFA) of the British Army provided close artillery support for the infantry.[1] It came into being when created as a distinct arm of the Royal Regiment of Artillery on 1 July 1899, and was re-amalgamated back into the regiment proper, along with the Royal Garrison Artillery, in 1924.[2] The Royal Field Artillery was the largest arm of the artillery. It was responsible for the medium calibre guns and howitzers deployed close to the front line and was reasonably mobile. It was organised into brigades, attached to divisions or higher formations.

Notable members


  1. Clarke 2004, p. 4
  2. Carman 1973, p. 28
  3. Commonwealth War Graves Commission - 2nd Lt G V Holt, Royal Field Artillery
  4. David Frith (2011). Silence Of The Heart: Cricket Suicide. p. 55. Cecil Patteson Nickalls, who won the DSO while serving in the Royal Field Artillery in the Great War ... representing England at polo against the United States in 1902 ...


  • Carman, W.Y. (1973). The Royal Artillery. Volume 25 of Man-at-Arms Series. Oxford: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 0-85045-140-X.
  • Clarke, Dale (2004). British Artillery 1914–19 Field Army Artillery. Volume 94 of New Vanguard Series. Oxford: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-84176-688-7.

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