XLIX (Howitzer) Brigade

This unit was formed as part of the raising of the First New Army, K1. It is also sometimes shown as 49 (Howitzer) Brigade RFA.

History

  • This brigade was originally comprised of numbers 157, 158 and 159 (Howitzer) Batteries RFA and the Brigade Ammunition Column. It was placed under command of the 14th (Light) Division and went to France with it in May 1915.
    • On 14 January 1915 the three six-gun batteries were reorganised to become four four-gun batteries and were titled as A, B, C and D.
    • On 17 June 1915 A Battery was sent to be attached to 28th Division and it moved permanently to that formation on 3 September 1915, becoming A Battery of 130 (Howitzer) Brigade.
    • On 24 May 1916 B Battery left and became D Battery of 47 Brigade. C Battery also left and became D Battery of 46 Brigade, and D left to become D Battery of 48 Brigade.
    • On the same day, the D Batteries of 46, 47 and 48 Brigades all joined and became A, B and C Batteries.
  • The brigade was broken up on 5-6 October 1916, with sections of batteries going to 46 and 47 Brigades.

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