LXXXIX (Howitzer) Brigade

This unit was formed as part of the raising of the Second New Army, K2. It is also sometimes shown as 89 Brigade RFA.

History

  • This brigade was originally comprised of numbers 277, 278 and 279 (Howitzer) 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 early September 1916 when 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-gun batteries were reorganised to become four four-gun batteries and were titled as A, B, C and D Batteries.
    • B (Howitzer) Battery left to join 28th Division on 8 September 1915.
    • 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 the brigade was reorganised. A, C and D (Howitzer) Batteries all left and became the D (Howitzer) Batteries of 86, 87 and 88 Brigades RFA. They were replaced by the D Batteries of those brigades, which became A, B and C Batteries respectively.
    • The brigade was broken up on 8-9 Septenber 1916. A section from A Battery and all of B Battery went to 87 Brigade to bring its batteries up to six guns each. The other section of A went to C Battery of 88 Brigade. C Battery went to join 88 Brigade.

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