Gibraltar Barracks, Bury St Edmunds

Gibraltar Barracks is a military installation in Bury St Edmunds.

Gibraltar Barracks
Bury St Edmunds
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Gibraltar Barracks
Gibraltar Barracks is located in Suffolk
Gibraltar Barracks
Gibraltar Barracks
Location within Suffolk
Coordinates52°14′53″N 00°41′54″E / 52.24806°N 0.69833°E / 52.24806; 0.69833Coordinates: 52°14′53″N 00°41′54″E / 52.24806°N 0.69833°E / 52.24806; 0.69833
TypeBarracks
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
Operator British Army
Site history
Built1878
Built forWar Office
In use1878-Present
Garrison information
OccupantsRoyal Anglian Regiment

HistoryEdit

The barracks were opened in 1878.[1] Their creation took place as part of the Cardwell Reforms which encouraged the localisation of British military forces.[2] The barracks became the depot for the two battalions of the 12th (East Suffolk) Regiment of Foot.[3] Following the Childers Reforms, the regiment evolved to become the Suffolk Regiment with its depot in the barracks in 1881.[3] The barracks went on to become the regional centre for infantry training as the East Anglian Brigade Depot in 1960[4] and remain the home of the Royal Anglian Regiment today.[5]

Suffolk Regiment MuseumEdit

The Suffolk Regiment Museum was established in the officers' mess in 1935 before moving to the keep in the late 1960s.[6] It includes uniforms, weapons, regimental trophies, badges, insignia, musical items and other memorabilia.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History of the Suffolk Regiment". Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Echoes of the past in these Army cuts". 8 July 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Training Depots". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 10 February 2006. Retrieved 16 October 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "Infantry Brigade Depots (Location)". Hansard. 7 March 1958. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Regimental Headquarters". Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  6. ^ "The Suffolk Regiment Museum". Friends of the Suffolk Regiment. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Suffolk Regiment Museum". Ogilby Trust. Retrieved 18 April 2014.