44th (Home Counties) Division

The Home Counties Division was a Territorial Force Division already in existence at the outbreak of the war. The Division and Brigades were not numbered until April 1915 previously just named. The Division went to India in October 1914 to replace the Regular Battalions being sent to France. The Division remained there sending drafts to the fighting units in the Middle East.

Battles and Engagements

Did not take part in any major actions.

 

   

 

Infantry Units

 

131st (Surrey) Brigade.

1/4th Bn Queen’s. 04 Aug 1914 - Dec 1914. To the 9th (Indian) Division.
1/5th Bn Queen’s. 04 Aug 1914 - Dec 1914. To the 8th (Indian) Division.
1/5th Bn East Surrey Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - Dec 1914. To the 8th (Indian) Division.
1/6th Bn East Surrey Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - Dec 1914. To the 8th (Indian) Division.

 

 

132nd (Middlesex) Brigade.

1/4th Bn Border Regt. Sep 1914 - Dec 1914. To the Burma Division.
1/4th Bn King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. 29 Oct 1914 - 10 Oct 1914. To the Burma Division.
1/7th Bn Middlesex Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - 04 Sep 1914. To Gibraltar.
1/8th Bn Middlesex Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - Sep 1914. To Gibraltar.
1/9th Bn Middlesex Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - Dec 1914. To the 8th (Indian) Division.
1/10th Bn Middlesex Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - Dec 1914. To the 8th (Indian) Division.

 

133rd (Kent) Brigade.

1/4th Bn Buffs. 04 Aug 1914 - Dec 1914. To the 5th (Indian) Division.
1/5th Bn Buffs. 04 Aug 1914 - Dec 1914. To the 5th (Indian) Division.
1/4th Bn Queen’s Own. 04 Aug 1914 - Dec 1914. To the 5th (Indian) Division.
1/5th Bn Queen’s Own. 04 Aug 1914 - Dec 1914. To the 5th (Indian) Division.

 

 

Attached Troops.

1/1st Bn Brecknockshire Bn (SWB). 29 Oct 1914 - Dec 1914. To the Aden Brigade.
2/4th Bn Border Regt. Late 1914 - Jan 1915. To the 6th Poona divisional area.
1/4th Bn Royal Sussex Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - Late 1914. To the 53rd Division (joining on 24 Apr 1915).
1/5th Bn Royal Sussex Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - Late 1914. To the 1st Division (joining early 1915).

 

 

Artillery Units
Royal Field Artillery

1st Home Counties Brigade. Numbered CCXX 1916. Served with 3rd Corps in Mesopotamia Jan 1916 - Jul 1916.

1/1st Sussex Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 1916. Became A Bty.
1/2nd Sussex Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 1916. Became B Bty.
1/3rd Sussex Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 1916. Became C Bty.

CCXX Brigade. Left the division Oct 1917 and went to Mesopotamia where it eventually joined the 17th (Indian) Division.

A Bty. 1916 - 1917. Became the 1064th Bty.
B Bty. 1916 - 1917. Became the 1065th Bty.
C Bty. 1916 - 1917. Became the 1066th Bty.

1064th Bty. 1917 - Oct 1917. With the brigade to 17th (Indian) Division.
1065th Bty. 1917 - 1917. Broken up and divided between the 1064th and 1066th Btys.
1066th Bty. 1917 - Oct 1917. With the brigade to the 17th (Indian) Division.

 

 

2nd Home Counties Brigade. Numbered CCXXI 1916.

1/4th Sussex Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 1916. Became A Bty.
1/5th Sussex Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 1916. Became B Bty.
1/6th Sussex Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 1916. Became C Bty.

CCXXI Brigade. Left the division and went to Mesopotamia where it eventually joined the 17th (Indian) Division.

A Bty. 1916 - 1917. Became the 1067th Bty.
B Bty. 1916 - 1917. Became the 1068th Bty.
C Bty. 1916 - 1917. Became the 1069th Bty.

1067th Bty. 1917 - Oct 1917. With the brigade to the 17th (Indian) Division.
1068th Bty. 1917 - Oct 1917. With the brigade to the 17th (Indian) Division.
1069th Bty. 1917 - 1917. Broken up and divided between the 1067th and 1068th Btys.

 

3rd Home Counties Brigade. Left the division May 1916 and went to Mesopotamia where it joined the 15th (Indian) Division.

1/1st Kent Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - May 1916. With the brigade to the 15th (Indian) Division.
1/2nd Kent Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - May 1916. With the brigade to the 15th (Indian) Division.
1/3rd Kent Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - May 1916. With the brigade to the 15th (Indian) Division.

 

 

4th Home Counties (Howitzer) Brigade. Left the division before Oct 1914. All units formed the 27th Divisional Ammunition Column and went to France in Dec 1914.

4th Kent (Howitzer) Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - Oct 1914. To the 27th Divisional Ammunition Column.
5th Kent (Howitzer) Bty. 04 aug 1914 - Oct 1914. To the 27th Divisional Ammunition Column.

 

Royal Garrison Artillery

Home Counties (Kent) Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - ?? Left the division before it left for Indian (I think), eventually joined the XVI Heavy Brigade in France 31 Dec 1915.

 

   

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