1st Division

A Regular Division stationed at Aldershot prior to the outbreak of the war. Arrived in France in August 1914. Served in France and Flanders until the Armistice.

Battles and Engagements France and Flanders Battle of Mons. 23-24 Aug 1914. Rearguard affair of Etreux. 27 Aug 1914. Battle of the Marne. 7-10 Sep 1914, including the passage of the Petit Morin and the passage of the Marne. Battle of the Aisne. 12-15 Sep 1914, including the capture of the Aisne Heights including the Chemin des Dames. Actions of the Aisne Heights. 20 Sep 1914. Action of Chivy. 26 Sep 1914. Battle of Langemarck. 21-24 Oct 1914. Battle of Gheluvelt. 29-31 Oct 1914. Battle of Nunne Bosschen. 11 Nov 1914. Defence of Givenchy. 20-21 Dec 1914.

First action of Givenchy. 25 Jan 1915. Affairs of Cuinchy. 29 Jan. 1 Feb. 6 Feb 1915. Battle of Aubers. 9 May 1915, including the attack on Fromelles and the attack at Rue du Bois. Battle of Loos. 25 Sep-8 Oct 1915.

Actions of the Hohenzollern Redoubt. 13-19 Oct 1915.

Battle of Albert. 1-13 Jul 1916, including the capture of Montauban, Mametz, Fricourt, Contalmaison and La Boisselle. Battle of Bazentin. 14-17 Jul 1916, including the capture of Longueval, Trones Wood and Ovillers. Battle of Pozieres. 23 Jul 1916, including the fighting for Mouquet Farm. Battle of Flers-Courcelette. 15-22 Sep 1916, including the capture of Martinpuich. Battle of Morval. 25-28 Sep 1916, including the capture of Combles, Lesboeufs and Gueudecourt.

German retreat to the Hindenburg Line. 14 Mar-5 Apr 1917. Operations on the Flanders Coast. 20 Jun-11 Nov 1917. German attacks on Nieuport. 10-11 Jul 1917. Second Battle of Passchendaele. 26 Oct-10 Nov 1917.

Battle of Estaires. 9-11 Apr 1918, including the first defence of Givenchy. Battle of Hazebrouck. 12-15 Apr 1918, including the defence of the Hinges Ridge and the Nieppe Forest. Battle of Bethune. 18 Apr 1918, including the second defence of Givenchy. Battle of Drocourt-Queant. 2-3 Sep 1918. Battle of Epehy. 18 Sep 1918.

Battle of Beaurevoir. 3-5 Oct 1918. Battle of the Selle. 17-25 Oct 1918. Battle of the Sambre. 4 Nov 1918, including the passage of the Sambre-Oise canal and the capture of Le Quesnoy.

Mounted Units

C Sqn 15th Hussars. Aug 1914 - 14 Apr 1915. To the 9th Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division.

Infantry Units

1st (Guards) Brigade. (Became the 1st Brigade in Aug 1915 when the Guards Division was formed.)

1st Bn Coldstream Guards. 04 Aug 1914 - 23 Aug 1915. To the Guards Division. 1st Bn Scots Guards. 04 Aug 1914 - 23 Aug 1915. To the Guards Division. 10th Bn Gloucestershire Regt. 17 Aug 1915 - 19 Feb 1918. Disbanded. 1st Bn Black Watch. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918. 1st Bn Loyal North Lancashire Regt. 07 Feb 1918 - 11 Nov 1918. 8th Bn Royal Berkshire Regt. 16 Aug 1915 - 02 Feb 1918. To the 18th Division. 1st Bn Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders. 05 Sep 1914 - 11 Nov 1918. 2nd Bn. Royal Munster Fusiliers. 04 Aug 1914 - 04 Sep 1914. To the Army Troops. 1/14th Bn London Regt. 07 Nov 1914 - 08 Feb 1916. To the 56th Division.

2nd Brigade.

1/5th Bn King’s Own. 21 Oct 1915 - 07 Jan 1916. To the 55th Division. 1/9th Bn King’s. 24 Mar 1915 - 12 Nov 1915. To the 3rd Brigade. 2nd Bn Royal Sussex Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918. 1/5th Bn Royal Sussex Regt. 21 Feb 1915 - 20 Aug 1915. To the 48th Division. 1st Bn Loyal North Lancashire Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - 07 Feb 1918. To the 1st Brigade. 1st Bn Northamptonshire Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918. 2nd Bn King’s Royal Rifle Corps. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918.

3rd Brigade.

1st Bn Queen’s. 04 Aug 1914 - 08 Nov 1914. To the Corp Troops. 1/9th Bn King’s. 12 Nov 1915 - 07 Jan 1916. To the 55th Division. 1/4th Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers. 07 Dec 1914 - 01 Sep 1915. To the 47th Division. 1st Bn South Wales Borderers. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918. 1st Bn Gloucestershire Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918. 2nd Bn Welsh Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918. 1/6th Bn Welsh Regt. 23 Oct 1915 - 15 May 1916. Became the Pioneer Bn. 2nd Bn Royal Munster Fusiliers. 09 Nov 1914 - 03 Feb 1918. To the 16th Division.

Pioneers.

1/6th Bn Welsh Regt. 15 May 1916 - 11 Nov 1918.

Artillery Units Royal Field Artillery

XXV Brigade.

40th (Howitzer) Bty. 14 Jan 1917 - 11 Nov 1918. 113th Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918. 114th Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918. 115th Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918. D (Howitzer) Bty. 22 May 1916 - 15 Jan 1917. Broken up, units returned to their former batteries 30th and 40th Batteries.

XXVI Brigade. (Became an Army Field Artillery Bde 14 Jan 1917.)

40th (Howitzer) Bty. 22 May 1916 - 14 Jan 1917. To the XXV Brigade. 116th Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 14 Jan 1917. To the Army Field Artillery. 117th Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 14 Jan 1917. To the Army Field Artillery. 118th Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 04 Feb 1915. to the XXXI Brigade, 28th Division.

XXXIX Brigade.

30th (Howitzer) Bty. 22 May 1916 - 11 Nov 1918. 46th Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918. 51st Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918.

54th Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918.

XLIII (Howitzer) Brigade. (Broken up 22 May 1916.)

30th (Howitzer) Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 22 May 1916. To the XXXIX Brigade, less one section which went to form D Bty XXV Brigade. 40th (Howitzer) Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 22 May 1916. To the XXVI Brigade, less one section which went to form D Bty XXV Brigade. 57th (Howitzer) Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 23 Jun 1915. To the 8th Div.

Royal Garrison Artillery 26th Heavy Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 04 Feb 1915. to the 2nd Division. 26th Heavy Bty. 20 Apr 1915 - Apr 1915. To the II Brigade, No 1 Group Heavy Artillery Reserve.

Attached Units.

7th Mountain Bty. 24 Dec 1914 - 04 Feb 1915. To the 2nd Division.