XCVI Brigade

This unit was formed as part of the raising of the Third New Army, K3. It is also sometimes shown as 96 Brigade RFA.

History

  • This brigade was originally comprised of A, B, C and D Batteries RFA and the Brigade Ammunition Column. It was placed under command of the 21st Division. The brigade then remained with the division until it was broken up in January 1917: you can see details of its battles and movements on the page describing the division.
    • The Brigade Ammunition Column left on 11 May 1916 to merge with others in the divisional artillery to form the 21st Divisional Ammunition Column.
    • On 15 May 1916 C Battery left to join 97 Brigade, becoming its C Battery. D battery was then renamed as C. C (Howitzer) Battery joined from 97 Brigade and was became 96 Brigade's D (Howiitzer) Battery.
    • On 29 August 1916 A Battery was broken up, with two-gun sections going to B and C Batteriesup to six guns each.
    • The brigade was joined by 533 (Howitzer) Battery on 22 October 1916 and renamed as A (Howitzer) Battery.
    • On 13 January 1917 the brigade was broken up. Two-howitzer sections of A (Howitzer) Battery joined the D (Howitzer) Batteries of 94 and 95 Brigades respectively; B Battery left to join 38 Army Brigade RFA; C Battery left to join 108 Army Brigade RFA; and two-howitzer sections of D (Howitzer) Battery joined the D (Howitzer) Batteries of 38 and 108 Army Brigades RFA.

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