LIII (Howitzer) Brigade

This unit was formed as part of the raising of the First New Army, K1. It is also sometimes shown as 53 (Howitzer) Brigade RFA.

History

  • This brigade was originally comprised of numbers 169, 170 and 171 (Howitzer) Batteries RFA and the Brigade Ammunition Column. It was placed under command of the 9th (Scottish) Division and went to France with it on 11 May 1915.
    • In February 1915 the three six-gun batteries were reorganised to become four four-gun batteries and were titled as A, B, C and D.
    • On 14 June 1914 A (Howitzer) Battery left to join 129 Brigade of 27th Division and became A/129.
    • B, C and D Batteries were transferred to L, LII and LI Brigades respectively on 21 February 1916.
    • Atthe same time, the D Battery of each of L, LI and LIII joined 53 and became its new A, B and C Batteries.
  • The brigade was broken up between 8 and 11 September 1916.
    • B and half of C Batteries went to L Brigade; A and the other half of C went to LI Brigade, both in the same division.

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