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Union Street drill hall, Keith, Moray

The Union Street drill hall is a military installation in Keith, Scotland.

Union Street drill hall
Keith, Scotland
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Union Street drill hall, Keith
Union Street drill hall is located in Moray
Union Street drill hall
Union Street drill hall
Location within Moray
Coordinates57°32′33″N 2°56′56″W / 57.54263°N 2.94876°W / 57.54263; -2.94876Coordinates: 57°32′33″N 2°56′56″W / 57.54263°N 2.94876°W / 57.54263; -2.94876
TypeDrill hall
Site history
Built1908
Built forWar Office
In use1908-Present

HistoryEdit

The building was designed as the headquarters of the 6th (Banff and Donside) Battalion, the Gordon Highlanders and was completed in around 1908.[1] The battalion was mobilised at the drill hall in August 1914 before being deployed to the Western Front.[2] After the Second World War the battalion amalgamated with the 5th Battalion to form the 5th/6th (Banff, Buchan and Donside) Battalion but with its headquarters located at Bucksburn and without a company based at Keith.[3]

In 1967 C Company, 3rd (Territorial) Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders was formed at the Union Street drill hall in Keith.[4][5] The presence at the Union Street drill hall was reduced to a detachment of Headquarters (Queen's Own Highlanders and Gordon Highlanders) Company, 2nd Battalion, 51st Highland Volunteers in 1971.[4][5] This detachment became part of B (Highlanders) Company, 51st Highland Regiment in 1999[6] and was re-designated a detachment of B (Highlanders) Company, 51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland in 2006.[7] The building still remains an active Army Reserve Centre.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Keith, 9-11 Union Street, TA Centre". Canmore. Retrieved 26 June 2017. (The 1:2500, 2nd edition, Ordnance Survey Plan, published in 1904-1905, does not show the drill hall)
  2. ^ "Gordon Highlanders". The Long, Long Trail. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  3. ^ "6th Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 27 December 2005. Retrieved 26 June 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ a b "The Gordon Highlanders". British Army units 1945 on. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  5. ^ a b "3rd Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 27 December 2005. Retrieved 26 June 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  6. ^ "3rd (Volunteer) Battalion, The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons)". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 27 December 2005. Retrieved 26 June 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  7. ^ "1st Battalion, 51st Highland Volunteers, and 51st Highland Regiment and 7th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 30 December 2005. Retrieved 26 June 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ "B Company, 7 SCOTS". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 26 June 2017.