LXXVI Brigade

This unit was formed as part of the raising of the Second New Army, K2. It is also sometimes shown as 76 Brigade RFA.

History

  • This brigade was originally comprised of numbers 238, 239 and 240 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 3 September 1915. Next day it came under orders of the new Guards Division. The brigade then remained with the division until early 1917: 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 the same date the batteries were reorganised to become six-gun units. A Battery sent a section of two guns to join B and C Batteries. C Battery joined from 61 Brigade RFA (of the same division) and became 76 Brigade's D (Howitzer) Battery.
  • On 19 January 1917 the brigade left the division and became an Army Brigade.

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