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Royal Field Artillery

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Category: Research
Forum Name: British Regiments
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Topic: Royal Field Artillery
Posted By: aim2
Subject: Royal Field Artillery
Date Posted: 22 May 2016 at 19:38
According to the "Order of Battle - August Offensive" on the Gallipoli Association website, the following British RFA units were present at Gallipoli in August 1915:-

1/1st. East Lancashire Brigade, RFA (4th., 5th. & 6th. Batteries)
1/3rd. East Lancashire Brigade, RFA (18th., 19th. & 20th. Batteries)
1/4th. East Lancashire (Howitzer) Brigade, RFA 1st., 2nd. & Cumberland Batteries)
1/2nd. Lowland Brigade, RFA
1/4th. Lowland (Howitzer) Brigade, RFA (1/4th. & 1/5th. City of Glasgow Batteries)
XVII Brigade, RFA (13th., 26th. & 92nd. Batteries)
LV Brigade, RFA (A, B, C & D Batteries)
LVI Brigade, RFA (C & D Batteries) AT HELLES
LVII (Howitzer) Brigade, RFA (HQ with A & D Batteries)
LVIII Brigade, RFA (A, B, C & D Batteries)
LIX Brigade, RFA (A, B, C & D Batteries)
LXVI Brigade, RFA (A, B, C & D Batteries)
LXIX (Howitzer) Brigade, RFA (A, B, C & D Batteries) AT ANZAC
CXLVII Brigade, RFA (10th., 97th. & 368th. Batteries)
460th. (Howitzer) Battery RFA

Were there also Ammunition Columns present?

Am I correct in assuming no other RFA units arrived in Gallipoli in August or September, so my grandfather must have been a replacement/reinforcement for one of the above?


Posted By: aim2
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2016 at 18:38
I have often wondered how long my grandfather would have stood on the beach wondering where to go after arriving on 27th. September 1915.

Battiscombe ( post 6 in ) says "each RFA Brigade had a '1st reinforcement' in Base Detail/Detachment ...".

I believe there were in Gallipoli at that time 16 RFA Brigades (XVII, LV, LVI, LVII, LVIII, LIX, LX, LXVI, LXVII, LXVIII, LXIX, CXLVII, CXCIII, CCX, CCXII and CCLXIII) and four Divisional Artillery Columns (11th., 29th., 42nd. and 52nd.). Where were all these Base Details/Detachments? How did anybody know where to go?


Posted By: Krithia
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2016 at 23:29
A very good question and not straightforward to answer without researching each one. some divisions like 29th had their full compliment of artillery, but others like 53rd Welsh had no artillery.

This is an area for some serious research.

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