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In 1975, 269 Bty established (along with 266 GVA and 307 Snotts) to provide 22 extra OP parties in time of war, and given a half Bty of 25 pdrs as training aids. This was the role into the late 80's when the Bty was issued L118 Light Gun and eventually became the 4th Bty of 19 Regt RA, training for the Airmobile role.  
 
In 1975, 269 Bty established (along with 266 GVA and 307 Snotts) to provide 22 extra OP parties in time of war, and given a half Bty of 25 pdrs as training aids. This was the role into the late 80's when the Bty was issued L118 Light Gun and eventually became the 4th Bty of 19 Regt RA, training for the Airmobile role.  
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These were the glory days of 269. Loads of kit, an interesting job, TA soldiers serving alongside 19 Regt in Bosnia in 1995, helicopters, AMF Excercises, bailing out 266 when they didn't have enough bodies for PURPLE START in '96, recruiting easy due to the sexy role, etc etc etc.
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These were the glory days of 269. Loads of kit, an interesting job, TA soldiers serving alongside 19 Regt in Bosnia in 1995, helicopters, AMF Excercises, bailing out 266 when they didn't have enough bodies for Ex PURPLE STAR in '96, recruiting easy due to the sexy role, etc etc etc.
    
Then, in the normal manner, the MoD managed to make a cock of all the good work by changing 269 to a RAPIER cloudpuncher WER Bty. No real purpose and morale screwed, no matter how hard anyone worked to keep things going, although 269 still managed to get some good folk in through the door. Nothing against AD per se, but why then re-role 103 Regt as Fd 18 months later? They enjoyed AD, 269 enjoyed Fd.
 
Then, in the normal manner, the MoD managed to make a cock of all the good work by changing 269 to a RAPIER cloudpuncher WER Bty. No real purpose and morale screwed, no matter how hard anyone worked to keep things going, although 269 still managed to get some good folk in through the door. Nothing against AD per se, but why then re-role 103 Regt as Fd 18 months later? They enjoyed AD, 269 enjoyed Fd.
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With luck, 269 will rise from the ashes as they are rumoured to be joining 101 soon ( a Fd Regt) which will give them purpose again. WER is a sh1t job for the TA, designed by the small minded who neither know nor care how the TA works & thinks.
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With luck, 269 will rise from the slough of despond that is cloudpunchery as they are rumoured to be joining 101 soon ( a Fd Regt) which will give them purpose again. WER is a sh1t job for the TA, designed by the small minded who neither know nor care how the TA works & thinks.
    
Rant over.
 
Rant over.
    
If you happen to know of an ex-Yorkshire Volunteer Gunner in need of financial assistance, or possibly the relatives of same (such as a widow) the West Riding Artillery Trust may be able to help. Probably best to contact 269 Bty and ask for their details.
 
If you happen to know of an ex-Yorkshire Volunteer Gunner in need of financial assistance, or possibly the relatives of same (such as a widow) the West Riding Artillery Trust may be able to help. Probably best to contact 269 Bty and ask for their details.
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