LVI Brigade

This unit was formed as part of the raising of the First New Army, K1. It is also sometimes shown as 56 Brigade RFA.

History

  • This brigade was originally comprised of numbers 178, 179 and 180 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 8 July 1915 for operations in the Mediterranean, and arrived at Alexandria in Egypt on 20 July. It moved to Mudros, the forward base for operations at Gallipoli, on 13 August 1915. C and D Batteries landed at Cape Helles on 23 August but A and B remained at Mudros and did not go to Gallipoli until 13 October 1915.
  • The brigade was evacuated from Gallipoli via Mudros when the British force pulled out and arrived at Alexandria on 14 January 1916. It moved on to Port Said, arriving on 30 January.
  • The brigade was now transferred to the 13th (Western) Division for operations in Mesopotamia and landed at Ashar between 7 and 10 March 1916.
  • On 2 July 1916 the brigade was transferred to the 7th (Meerut) Division and was now joined by 527 (Howitzer) Battery.
  • The brigade moved with thedivision from Mesopotamia to Palestine in early 1918.
  • On 1 April 1918 the brigade was transferred to the 52nd (Lowland) Division at Moascar and subsequently moved with the division to France. This gave it the distinction of being one of very few units to have seen service in four different theatres of war.

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