LXXXVI Brigade

This unit was formed as part of the raising of the Second New Army, K2. It is also sometimes shown as 86 Brigade RFA.


  • This brigade was originally comprised of numbers 268, 269 and 270 Batteries RFA and the Brigade Ammunition Column. It was placed under command of the 19th (Western) Division. The brigade then remained with the division until late 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 Batteries.
    • The Brigade Ammunition Column left on 18 May 1916 to merge with others in the divisional artillery to form the 19th Divisional Ammunition Column.
    • On 25 May 1916 D Battery left to join 89 Brigade as its A Battery. It was replaced by the arrival of A (Howitzer) Battery from 89 Brigade, which was then renamed as 89 Brigade's D (Howitzer) Battery.
    • C Battery was broken up on 9 Septembe 1916, with a two-gun section going each toA and B Batteries to make them up to six guns.
    • On 12 November 1916 515 (Howitzer) Battery joined and became C (Howitzer) Battery.
  • The brigade left the division to became an Army Brigade on 25 January 1917.
    • On the same date B Battery joined from 260 Brigade and became this brigade's C Battery. A section joined from C (Howitzer) Battery of 308 Brigade and made D (Howitzer) Battery up to six howitzers.
    • C (Howitzer) Battery left on 28 January 1917 and was then broken up, sections going to 87 and 88 Brigades respectively.

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