Carlton Barracks
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Carlton Barracks
Carlton Barracks is located in West Yorkshire
Carlton Barracks
Carlton Barracks
Location within West Yorkshire
Coordinates53°48′21″N 1°32′45″W / 53.80594°N 1.54594°W / 53.80594; -1.54594Coordinates: 53°48′21″N 1°32′45″W / 53.80594°N 1.54594°W / 53.80594; -1.54594
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
Operator British Army
Site history
Built forWar Office
In use1865-Present
Garrison information
Occupants269 (West Riding) Battery Royal Artillery
49 (West Riding) Signal Squadron
Yorkshire Officer Training Regiment
Army Cadet Force (Leeds detachment)
HMS Ceres, Royal Naval Reserve
Royal Marines Reserve Merseyside (Leeds Detachment)

Carlton Barracks is a military installation in Leeds in West Yorkshire, England.


The barracks were opened as a base for the 4th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Militia in 1865.[1] In 1887 the barracks were bought, with corps funds, to accommodate the 3rd Battalion the Prince of Wales (West Yorkshire) Regiment (The Rifles).[2] In 1908, the 3rd battalion became the 7th and 8th battalions; these new battalions were also based at Carlton Barracks.[2]

At the start of the First World War so many men reported to Carlton Barracks in response to the call to arms that the War Office decided to form two second line battalions (2/7th and 2/8th, the original battalions becoming 1/7th and 1/8th).[2]

After the Second World War the headquarters of 45th (Leeds Rifles) Royal Tank Regiment (TA) was established at the barracks[3] as was the headquarters of 269 Field Regiment Royal Artillery.[4] The former regiment evolved to become the 7th (Leeds Rifles) battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment, based at Carlton Barracks, and the latter regiment evolved to become a battery now known as 269 (West Riding) Battery Royal Artillery which is still based at the barracks.[5]

Other Army Reserve units based at the barracks now include 49 (West Riding) Signal Squadron[6] and B Squadron 23 Special Air Service (R).[7] The barracks are also the home of the Yorkshire Officer Training Regiment[8] and the local branch of the Army Cadet Force[9] as well as HMS Ceres, Royal Naval Reserve,[10] which is also home to the Yorkshire Universities Royal Navy Unit,[11] and the Leeds Detachment of the Royal Marines Reserve Merseyside.[12]


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  2. ^ a b c "The Leeds Rifles". Yorkshire Volunteers. Archived from the original on 20 December 2005. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  3. ^ "The 45th and The 51st". Yorkshire Volunteers. Archived from the original on 21 July 2006. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  4. ^ "266 - 288 Regiments 1947-67". British Army units 1945 on. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  5. ^ "101 Regiment Royal Artillery". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  6. ^ "49 (West Riding) Signal Squadron". Ministry of Defence. Archived from the original on 27 June 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Army Reserve units in the North East". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Yorkshire". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  9. ^ "ACF: Yorkshire and North West". Army cadets. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  10. ^ "HMS Ceres". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Royal Naval Units". COMEC. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Royal Marines Reserve Careers" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. p. 41. Retrieved 10 August 2014.