LXXIV Brigade

This unit was formed as part of the raising of the Second New Army, K2. It is also sometimes shown as 74 Brigade RFA.


  • This brigade was originally comprised of numbers 232, 233 and 234 Batteries RFA and the Brigade Ammunition Column. It was placed under command of the 16th (Irish) Division.
    • On 23 January 1915 the three six-gun batteries were reorganised to become four four-gun batteries and were titled as A, B, C and D.
  • In July 1915 the brigade left the 16th (Irish) Division and moved via a period on SalisburyPlain to land at Le Havre on 29 August 1915. Next day it came under orders of the new Guards Division. The brigade then remained with the division throughout the war: you can see details of its battles and movements on the page describing the division.
    • The Brigade Ammunition Column left on 13 May 1916 to merge with others in the divisional artillery to form the Guards Divisional Ammunition Column.
    • On 14 November 1916 the batteries were reorganised to become six-gun units. C Battery sent a section of two guns to join A and B Batteries. A Battery joined from 61 Brigade RFA (of the same division) and became 74 Brigade's D (Howitzer) Battery. Half of D Battery joined from 76 (Howitzer) Brigade and made D (Howitzer) battery up to six howitzers.

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