LXXII Brigade

This unit was formed as part of the raising of the Second New Army, K2. It is also sometimes shown as 72 Brigade RFA.

History

  • This brigade was originally comprised of numbers 226, 227 and 228 Batteries RFA and the Brigade Ammunition Column. It was placed under command of the 15th (Scottish) Division and moved to France with it in July 1915.
  • The brigade remained with 15th (Scottish) Division until 20 January 1917: you can see details of its battles and movements on the page describing the 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 Ammunition Column left on 22 May 1916 to merge with others in the divisional artillery to form the 15th Divisional Ammunition Coumn.
    • On 7 June 1916 D Battery left to join 73 (Howitzer) Brigade of the same division, and became that brigade's D Battery. It was replaced in 72 Brigade by D Battery from 73 (Howitzer) Brigade, which now became 72 Brigade's D (Howitzer) Battery.
    • 532 (Howitzer) Battery joined on 16 November 1916, having landed at Le Havre five days before.
    • Between 1 and 2 December 1916 C Battery was split up, with one two-gun section going to A and B Battery to bring them up to six guns each.
  • The brigade left the division and became an Army Brigade RFA on 20 January 1917.
    • B Battery of 252 Brigade RFA (of the 50th (Northumbrian) Division) joined on the same date and became 72 Brigade's C Battery.
    • 532 (Howitzer) Battery left on 22 January 1917, being split into sections that went to 70 and 71 Brigades RFA.
    • A new section of two howitzers joined D Battery by 20 January 1917.

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