CVIII Brigade

This unit was formed as part of the raising of the Third New Army, K3. It is also sometimes shown as 108 Brigade RFA.

History

  • This brigade was originally comprised of A, B, C and D Batteries RFA and the Brigade Ammunition Column. It was placed under command of the 24th Division. The batteries were all armed with four 18-pounder field guns. The brigade then remained with the division until it left to become an Army Brigade RFA on 27 January 1917: you can see details of its battles and movements on the page describing the division.
    • On 13 May the Brigade Ammunition Column left, being merged into the 24th Divisional Ammunition Column.
    • On 13 May 1916 D Battery left, becoming the C Battery of 109 Brigade. The B (Howitzer) Battery of that brigade joined in its place and was renamed as D (Howitzer) Battery.
    • On 3 October 1916 the brigade was reorganised and the batteries became six-gun units. A Battery was broken up, with one of its two-gun sections going to join B and C Batteries respectively. Five days later 522 (Howitzer) Battery arrived from England and was renamed as A (Howitzer) Battery. On 13 October C Battery was renamed as A Battery and A (Howitzer) Battery was renamed as C (Howitzer) Battery.
    • On 27 January 1917 the brigade left 24th Division and became an army Brigade. At that point C (Howitzer) Battery was broken up, with two-howitzer sections going to the D (Howitzer) Batteries of 106 and 107 Brigades respectively. C Battery joined from 96 Brigade of 21st Division and became 108 Brigade's new C Battery. A section of two howitzers arrived from D (Howitzer) Battery of 96 Brigade and was added to D (Howitzer) Battery to bring it up to six.

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