TYNESIDE SCOTTISH CENTENARY
TS100 1914 - 2014
The Tyneside Scottish Branch Royal Artillery Association is working in conjunction with the Tyneside Scottish Detachments of Northumbria Army Cadet Force to deliver a project that follows the path of the Tyneside Scottish during the First World War. As partners of the Imperial War Museum First World War Centenary Project the TS Cadets will work with local community organisations through a series of events and research activities to follow the path of the Tyneside Scottish.
The origins of the TS lie in Kitchener's Call to Arms and the formation of the "New Army". The official authority to raise the first battalion of Tyneside Scottish was received 14th October 1914, and the unit of 1,200 men was complete by 25th October. Such was the enthusiasm to join the colours that three more service battalions were raised , and the Tyneside Brigade consisting of the 20th to 23rd Service battalions Northumberland Fusiliers was complete by 17th November 1914,
After training in the Newcastle area, Alnwick and Salisbury Plain, the TS brigade deployed to France in January 1916. Like many of those who answered this call to arms, the Tyneside Scottish sustained heavy casualties on 1st July 1916. Regenerated, the Tyneside Scottish fought at Arras, Passchendaele, and help stem the German offensive in 1918.
Uniquely the Tyneside Scottish is the only title of one Kitchener's New Army Pals Battalions that remains in the order of battle of the British Army. Today 204 (Tyneside Scottish) Battery Royal Artillery (Volunteers) continue the traditions of the Tyneside Scottish, its officers and soldiers having served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Harder than Hammers