LXXIX Brigade

This unit was formed as part of the raising of the Second New Army, K2. It is also sometimes shown as 79 Brigade RFA.

History

  • This brigade was originally comprised of numbers 247, 248 and 249 Batteries RFA and the Brigade Ammunition Column. It was placed under command of the 17th (Northern) 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.
    • In January 1915 the three six-gun batteries were reorganised to become four four-gun batteries and were titled as A, B, C and D Batteries.
    • The Brigade Ammunition Column left between 9 and 11 May 1916 to merge with others in the divisional artillery to form the 17th Divisional Ammunition Column.
    • On 20 May 1916 D Battery left to join 81 Brigade as its B Battery. It was replaced by the arrival of C (Howitzer) Battery from 81 Brigade, which was then renamed as 78 Brigade's D (Howitzer) Battery.
    • C Battery and a section of B Battery joined from 80 Brigade RFA on 31 August 1916 and were added to bring A, B and C Batteries up to six guns each.
    • On 10 January 1917 a section of D (Howitzer) Battery joined from 81 Brigade and made D (Howitzer) Battery up to six howitzers.

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