Garrison Artillery Volunteers

A display group whose passion is Royal Artillery of the 20th Century

Field Artillery

The GAV concentrates its efforts on portraying basic Territorial Artillery regiments of the Royal Artillery with a 25 Pdr Troop each in Wiltshire and Lancashire a section in Yorkshire and Sub sections in Bristol and Essex. The Battery covers all element from Survey, Command Post, REME support as well as the Guns. The GAV normally portrays both 69th Field Regiment RA (TA) and 124th Field Regiment RA (TA) although we have in the past rebadged to represent many different regiments when required such as: The group's Far East demonstration of the 1st Bty (The Blazers), 28th Jungle Field Regiment RA, which was recreated in St Jame's Park. Whilst for the Maltese Artillery Regiment, we recreated the 12th Field Regiment RA during a visit to Malta. The GAV also expands its field gunnery beyond the chronological limits of the Second World War with an 18-pounder field of the First World War carrying out various displays and a post-war field gun display, representing a National Service era artillery troop circa 1952.


Medium Artillery

The GAV also has a Section of 5.5” and 4.5” with one Gun in Yorkshire and one in Bristol but although we have done a few displays with these guns they do not get the chance to come out often.

Gunners uniform here>


Anti-Tank Artillery

The Anti-Tank artillery is a new element of the GAV with 2 x 2pdr, 1 x 6pdr and a 17 Pdr Pheasant based in Wiltshire, a 57mm and 17 Pdr in Bristol and a 6Pdr in Lancashire. Like the Mediums and 3.7 HAA the anti-Tank detachments are made up of trained gunners from the Field Artillery Batteries when required.

KD uniform (Khaki Drill) here>

WW1 uniform here>


Anti-Aircraft (Ack Ack)

The Anti-Aircraft section of the GAV is made up of a section of two 3.7 Anti-Aircraft guns from a Mixed HAA Bty and a Section of Searchlights one 150 cm searchlight and 2 x 90cm Searchlights all portray units of Ack Ack command on the home front.


ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service)

This section of the GAV portray the command post element of the Mixed HAA Bty manning the Predictor, height finder and spotter telescope and or searchlight operators of 93rd (Mixed) Searchlight Regiment RA (TA), all part of Ack Ack Command.  93rd (M) SL Regt RA made history in the British Army for being the only predominately all female regiment. The searchlight is the only 150cm carbon arc projector in Britain that is in full working condition complete with the Lister generator to run it.

ATS Uniform here>  


Operations Room

Portraying a searchlight operations room complete with a full size plotting table. Our scenario covers the three services of Royal Navy, Army (Royal Artillery) and RAF. The plotting table depicts Portsmouth and the surrounding and how the organisation of incoming information into an accurate picture led to effective use of Ack Ack searchlights during air raids.



We are proud to have taken part in many ceremonial events for military and civilian charities as well as museums, the British Armed Forces and corporate events. These include Gun Salutes, Fue to Joi, accompaniment to outside orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic concert at Leeds Castle, parades and Remembrance, prestigious birthdays or jubilees. These events make use of a single or multiple guns and with the detachments in the best ceremonial uniforms.

TV and Film

We have taken part in many television shows and documentary programmes where our authenticity and historical knowledge has been put to good use; and have featured in movies where our accurate portrayal, bearing and demeanour enhances a scene.

We provide our guns and equipment, trained and experienced personnel, uniforms and accoutrements. Please contact our Events Team for more information and quotes.