LIX Brigade

This unit was formed as part of the raising of the First New Army, K1. It is also sometimes shown as 59 Brigade RFA.

History

  • This brigade was originally comprised of numbers 187, 188 and 189 Batteries RFA and the Brigade Ammunition Column. It was placed under command of the 11th (Northern) 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 for operations in the Mediterranean, and A Battery arrived at C Beach (Suvla Bay) for operations at Gallipoli on 7 August 1915. The other batteries arrived at Suvla two days later. It left Gallipoli between 9 and 19 December 1915 and reached Alexandria in Egypt between 22 December 1915 and 2 January 1916.
    • D Battery left to join 133 Brigade RFA on 26 April 1916.
    • On 15 June 1916 a howitzer battery joined from 118 Brigade RFA and became D Battery.
    • In late November 1916, 133 Brigade RFA was broken up and between 8 and 9 December 1916 all six guns from its B Battery (the former D Battery of 59 Brigade) came back to 59 Brigade and a two-gun section was added to each of A, B, and C Batteries.
    • On 25 January 1917 a section of two howitzers joined from D Battery of 60 Brigade RFA and was added to 59 Brigade's D Battery.
  • The brigade remained with 11th (Northern) Division throughout the war and saw service in Galipoli, Egypt and France.

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