D Battery Biscot Camp Luton

The Royal Artillery is unique in the British Army because of the emphasis they have always placed on their sub-units: known as batteries. Batteries can deploy independently, move around between regiments and even perform different roles to one another within a single regiment.

Biscot Camp was organised into 4 Batteries and a headquarters (HQ) component.

A, B, C, and D...B was later merged into A,C and D Batteries.

Download the War Diaries for D battery below.

King inspects troops at Luton Hoo

A special edition of The Luton News was printed on Friday, September 18th, 1914, following an unannounced visit by King George V to inspect troops at Luton Hoo that day. No Press photographers were present.

His Majesty King George visited Luton Hoo this morning and inspected a representative body of Territorials from the North Midland Brigade, now in training in Luton and district.

Number 80 Mark VII Fuze

80/44 Number on British fuzes. Time Fuze. Percussion element removed. Introduced 1917. Obsolete 1944.

No. 80 "Time & Percussion" fuze licensed from the German company 'Krupp', was Britain's main WWI shrapnel fuze. This igniferous fuze was set to lengths up to 22 time units before detonating and was also detonated by inertia on impact if that occurred before expiration of the timer. After World War I Britain had to pay Krupp large backdated licensing fees for its wartime use, mostly against Germany.

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