LXXIII (Howitzer) Brigade

This unit was formed as part of the raising of the Second New Army, K2. It is also sometimes shown as 73 (Howitzer) Brigade RFA.


  • This brigade was originally comprised of numbers 229, 230 and 231 (Howitzer) 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 it was broken up: you can see details of its battles and movements on the page describing the division.
    • In February 1915 the three six-howitzer batteries were reorganised to become four four-howitzer batteries and were titled as A, B, C and D.
    • On 7 August 1915 A (Howitzer) Battery left to join 130 (Howitzer) Brigade of 28th Division and became that brigade's C (Howitzer) Battery.
    • 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 B, C and D (Howitzer) Batteries all left, going to 70, 71 and 72 Brigades RFA respectively. The D Batteries of those three brigades arrived to replace them, becoming B, C and D Batteries respectively.
    • In July B, C and D Batteries were renamed as A, B and C respectively.
  • The brigade was broken up between 1 and 3 December 1916. A Battery was split up, to add a two-gun section to B and C Battery. B left to go to 71 Brigade as its C Battery. C left to go to 70 Brigade as its C Battery.

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