LVII (Howitzer) Brigade

This unit was formed as part of the raising of the First New Army, K1. It is also sometimes shown as 57 Brigade RFA.


  • This brigade was originally comprised of numbers 181, 182 and 183 (Howitzer) 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 Southampton on 2 August 1915 for operations in the Mediterranean although unusually it travelled through France to get there.
    • A and D Batteries landed at Suvla Bay on 16 August 1915. They remained in action there until they were moved to Cape Helles on 16 December 1915. At this point these batteries left the brigade. They were finally evacuated on 30-31 December 1915.
    • Brigade HQ, B and C Batteries and the Ammunition Column did not land on Gallipoli but remained at the forward base at Mudros.
  • The brigade, less A and D Batteries, moved with the division to Salonika in December 1915, arriving on 13 December.
    • On 19 May 1916 "A" (Howitzer) Battery of 142 Brigade RFA (26th Division) joined the brigade and became its new "A" Battery.
    • Between 20 and 23 July 1916 "A" Battery left to join 67 Brigade RFA; "B" Battery left to join 68 Brigade RFA; and "C" Battery was ranemad as "D". The four-gun "D" Batteries arrived from 54, 67 and 68 Brigades RFA and became this brigade's new "A", "B" and "C" Batteries.
    • On 27 December 1916 "C" Battery was broken up, with sections going to each of "A" and "B" to bring them up to six guns each.
  • The brigade left the division on 28 August 1917 and came under command of XII Corps. In the September it joined 26th Division.

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