1st Artillery Brigade and Headquarters South West

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1st Artillery Brigade
1st Artillery Brigade logo.jpg
Insignia of 1st Artillery Brigade
Active Jan 2017
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Role Regional Command and Artillery fire support
Part of Force Troops Command
Garrison/HQ Jellalabad Barracks, Tidworth Camp
Equipment GMLRS, AS-90 self-propelled guns and L118 light guns
Brigadier J R Mead OBE

The British Army's 1st Artillery Brigade and Headquarters South West is a formation under Force Troops Command that has control over close support artillery units within the British Army and is the Regional Point of Command (RPoC) for British Army units in the South West Region.[1][2]


The current brigade was formed on 1 September 2014 under the Army 2020 plan, merging units and personnel of 43 (Wessex) Brigade with Royal Artillery regiments.[3] The brigade's mission will include commanding, preparing and generating assigned deployable forces. The brigade comprises a large number of units including 1 Royal Horse Artillery and 19 Regiment Royal Artillery[4] and 15 garrisons and stations across the south west.[5]

Previously, news articles reported that its personnel had control over the testing the Watchkeeper Remotely Piloted Aerial System.[6][7] There was also a 1st Artillery Brigade under the I British Corps during the Cold War.


The brigade consists of the following units:

The 1st Artillery Brigade also has administrative control over the units in the Joint Ground-Based Air Defence Command.


  1. ^ "Army 2020 Report, pages 10-12" (PDF). Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Regular Army Basing Announcement, page 1" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 August 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "43 (Wessex) Brigade Lowers Flag For Last Time". Forces TV. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Change of Command Parade in South West of England - British Army Website". Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Garrisons and stations". Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Army cleared to fly next-generation eye-in-the-sky". gov.uk. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Tony Osborne (15 May 2014). "British Pilots Finally Training On Watchkeeper". Aviation Week. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "UK Strike Brigades to have no artillery | IHS Jane's 360". Janes.com. Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
  9. ^ a b "Letter from Brigadier Mead". 1st Artillery Brigade and Headquarters South West. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Letter from Brigadier Mead Part 2". 1st Artillery Brigade and Headquarters South West. Retrieved 19 December 2016. [permanent dead link]

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