3rd (Leek) Battery, 2nd North Midland
I Co. 1VB
The home of the 3rd (Leek) Battery,
2nd North Midland Brigade RFA, the history of which is admirably covered
in the book 'Over There' by J E Blore and J R Sherratt, is listed
in Kelly, 1912, as at Alma street, Belle Vue, Leek.
A contemporary picture shows the battery after mobilisation, having
just left the Drill Hall in Alma Street to join the rest of the Brigade
and Ammunition Column in Burton-on-Trent. They then moved to Luton
where the 46th North Midland Division was concentrating before moving
to France on 26th February 1915, as the first Territorial Field Artillery
Brigade to join the BEF. In May 1916 the Brigade became 'C' Battery
231 Brigade RFA.
The Leek Rifle Volunteers were formed in 1859, and by 1872 had a drill
room, known as the Armoury, in Ford Street. A reading room and gymnasium
were added in 1877.
By 1894 the volunteers used the upper storey of a converted building
in the Haywood Street cattle market.
There is also reference to I Co. 1VB at Cattle market, Leek in Kelly,
the first attempt at content
The Drill Hall Project - Charting a neglected legacy