Royal Field Artillery
The Royal Field Artillery (RFA) of the British Army
British Army
The British Army is the land warfare branch of Her Majesty's Armed Forces in the United Kingdom. It came into being with the unification of the Kingdom of England and Scotland into the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707. The new British Army incorporated Regiments that had already existed in England...

 provided artillery support for the British Army. It came into being when the Royal Artillery
Royal Artillery
The Royal Regiment of Artillery, commonly referred to as the Royal Artillery , is the artillery arm of the British Army. Despite its name, it comprises a number of regiments.-History:...

 was divided on 1 July 1899, it was reamalgamated back into the Royal Artillery in 1924.

The Royal Field Artillery was the largest arm of the artillery. It was responsible for the medium calibre guns and howitzer
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s deployed close to the front line and was reasonably mobile. It was organised into brigades, attached to divisions
Division (military)
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 or higher formations.

Notable members

  • Ernest Wright Alexander
    Ernest Wright Alexander
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    , Victoria Cross
    Victoria Cross
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  • Colin Gubbins
    Colin Gubbins
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    , (1896–1976) prime mover of the Special Operations Executive
    Special Operations Executive
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  • Dar Lyon
    Dar Lyon
    Malcolm Douglas Lyon , generally known as Dar Lyon was an English first-class cricketer who played for Somerset County Cricket Club through the 1920s...

    , (1898–1964) first-class
    First-class cricket
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    Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players on an oval-shaped field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. One team bats, trying to score as many runs as possible while the other team bowls and fields, trying to dismiss the batsmen and thus limit the...

  • Alfred William Saunders
    Alfred William Saunders
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    , (1888–1930) World War I flying ace
    Flying ace
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