LV Brigade

This unit was formed as part of the raising of the First New Army, K1. It is also sometimes shown as 55 Brigade RFA.

History

  • This brigade was originally comprised of numbers 175, 176 and 177 Batteries RFA and the Brigade Ammunition Column. It was placed under command of the 10th (Irish) Division.
    • 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.
  • The brigade sailed from Devonport on 7 July 1915 for operations in the Mediterranean, and arrived at Alexandria in Egypton 19 July. It moved to Mudros, the forward base for operations at Gallipoli, in 28 August 1915 and landed at Suvla Bay two days later.
  • The brigade was evacuated from Gallipoli via Mudros when the British force pulled out and arrived at Alexandria on 3 January 1916.
  • The brigade was now transferred to the 13th (Western) Division for operations in Mesopotamia and landed at Basra on 17 March 1916.
    • "A" Battery from LXIX (Howitzer) Brigade RFA joined on 23 November 1916, but left for 14th (Indian) Division on 15 June 1917.
  • On 15 June 1917 the brigade was reorganised into three six-gun batteries and "D" Battery was broken upm with one section going to "B" and one to "C". "A" remained as four guns until it was joined by a section from 388 Battery RFA on 19 November 1917.
  • 60 (Howitzer) Battery RFA joined from III (Tigris) Corps Artillery on 19 November 1917, accompanied by a section from the ammunition column of CXXXIV Brigade RFA.

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