Albany Barracks

Introduction



Albany Barracks was used by British Army units from 1881 to 1960, and during this time it housed many Battalions of, mainly, Infantry Regiments, and later became the base for units of the Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiments of the Royal Artillery. This table outlines those regiments and units known to have been located at Albany.
The Barracks were converted to a Prison following Army usage, and are still incorporated as part of HMP Isle of Wight.

Date from Date to Regiment Battalion Historical designation
1881 1886 Royal Berkshire Regiment 2nd Bn. 49th Regiment of Foot
1886 1888 King's Royal Rifle Corps 1st Bn. 60th Regiment of Foot
1888 1890 Oxfordshire Light Infantry 1st Bn. 43rd Regiment of Foot
1891 1897 Cameronian Scottish Rifles 2nd Bn. 26th Regiment of Foot
1897 1898 Rifle Brigade 1st and 2nd Bn. detachments
1898 1899 Rifle Brigade 1st Bn.
1899 1900 Royal Berkshire Regiment 1st Bn. 49th Regiment of Foot
1901 1902 Royal Northumberland Fusiliers 3rd Bn. 5th Regiment of Foot
1902 1904 Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt) 2nd Bn. 45th Regiment of Foot
1905 1907 Royal Fusiliers 1st Bn. 7th Regiment of Foot
1907 1910 Suffolk Regiment 2nd Bn. 12th Regiment of Foot
1911 1912 Worcester Regiment 1st Bn. 29th Regiment of Foot
1913 1914 Royal Fusiliers 4th Bn. 7th Regiment of Foot
1915 Hampshire Regiment 3rd Bn. 37th Regiment of Foot
1915 1916 Royal Warwickshire Regiment 3rd Bn. 6th Regiment of Foot
1917 1918 Royal Army Service Corps
1919 1923 Royal Irish Regiment
later Royal Ulster Rifles
1st Bn. 83rd Regiment of Foot
1923 1927 Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders 2nd Bn. 91st Regiment of Foot
1927 1932 Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 1st Bn. 43rd Regiment of Foot
1933 1935 Royal Hampshire Regiment 2nd Bn. 37th Regiment of Foot
1936 1938 Queen's Royal Regiment 2nd Bn. 2nd Regiment of Foot
1938 1939 Royal Ulster Rifles 2nd Bn. 86th Regiment of Foot
1939 1941 Hampshire Infantry Training Centre
1941 1942 12th Primary Training Centre & 14th Infantry Training Centre
1943 Headquarters 38th Infantry Division
1944 1946 No 1 Infantry Training Centre
1946 Airborne Forces Depot
1946 1947 145th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
later 110th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
1948 1954 76th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
1954 70th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
1955 1956 43rd Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
1957 1958 80th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
1958 1959 Wiltshire Regiment 1st Bn. 62nd & 99th Regiment of Foot
1959 Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment of Berkshire and Wiltshire 1st Bn.
1959 1960 Royal Ulster Rifles 1st Bn. 83rd & 86th Regiment of Foot


Many thanks to Michael and Valerie Diebelius : researching the history of Albany Barracks and its neighbourhood.

Thanks also to Steve Holden for permission to use the postcard image of Albany Barracks. see his Isle of Wight Historic Postcards website.