47th (2nd London) Division

The 2nd London 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. Arrived in France in March 1915. Served in France and Flanders until the Armistice.

Battles and Engagements
France and Flanders

Battle of Aubers. 9 May 1915, including the attack on Fromelles and the attack at Rue du Bois.
Battle of Festubert. 15-25 May 1915.
Battle of Loos. 25 Sep-8 Oct 1915.
Actions of the Hohenzollern Redoubt. 13-19 Oct 1915.

 

 

German attacks on Vimy Ridge. 21 May 1916.
Battle of Flers-Courcelette. 15-22 Sep 1916, including the capture of Martinpuich.
Battle of Le Transloy. 1-18 Oct 1916, including the capture of Eaucourt l’Abbaye, Le Sars and the attacks on Butte de Warlencourt.

 

Battle of Messines. 7-14 Jun 1917, including the capture of Wytschaete.
Local operations around St. Julian. 19, 22, 27 Aug 1917.
German counter attacks. 30 Nov-3 Dec 1917.

 

 

First Battle of Bapaume. 24-25 Mar 1918.
Battle of the Ancre. 5 Apr 1918.
Battle of Amiens. 8-11 Aug 1918.
Battle of Albert. 21-23 Aug 1918, including the capture of Chuignes.
Second Battle of Bapaume. 31 Aug-3 Sep 1918.
The final advance to Artois. 2 Oct-11 Nov 1918, including the capture of Douai.

 

 

Infantry Units

 

140th (4th London) Brigade.

1/4th Bn London Regt. 15 Nov 1915 - 09 Feb 1916. To the 56th Division.
1/6th Bn London Regt. 05 Nov 1914 - 31 Jan 1918. To the 58th Division.
1/7th Bn London Regt. 05 Nov 1914 - 02 Feb 1918. To the 58th Division.
1/8th Bn London Regt. 06 Nov 1914 - 02 Feb 1918. To the 58th Division.
1/13th Bn London Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - Nov 1914. To the 8th Division.
1/14th Bn London Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - Sep 1914. To the GHQ Troops.
1/15th Bn London Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918.
1/16th Bn London Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - Nov 1914. To the 6th Division.
1/17th Bn London Regt. 01 Feb 1918 - 11 Nov 1918.
1/21st Bn London Regt. 01 Feb 1918 - 11 Nov 1918.

 

 

141st (5th London) Brigade.

1/17th Bn London Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - 01 Feb 1918. To the 140th Brigade.
1/18th Bn London Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918.
1/19th Bn London Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918.
1/20th Bn London Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918.

 

142nd (6th London) Brigade.

1/3rd Bn London Regt. 16 Nov 1915 - 09 Feb 1916. To the 56th Division.
1/21st Bn London Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - 01 Feb 1918. To the 140th Brigade.
1/22nd Bn London Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918.
1/23rd Bn London Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918.
1/24th Bn London Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918.

 

 

Pioneers.

1/4th Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers. 01 Sep 1915 - 11 Nov 1918.

 

Attached Troops.

1/28th Bn London Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - Oct 1914. To the Officer Training Corps.

 

   

 

Artillery Units
Royal Field Artillery

5th London Brigade. Numbered CCXXXV in May 1916.

12th City of London Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 14 May 1916. Became A Bty.
13th City of London Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 14 May 1916. Became B Bty.
14th City of London Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 14 May 1916. Became C Bty.
34th Bty. 20 Apr 1916 - 14 May 1916. To the CCXXXVIII Brigade.

CCXXXV Brigade.

A Bty. 14 May 1916 - 27 Nov 1916. Broken up and divided between B and C Btys.
B Bty. 14 May 1916 - 27 Nov 1916. Became A Bty.
C Bty. 14 May 1916 - 27 Nov 1916. Became B Bty.
D (Howitzer) Bty. 17 May 1916 - 27 Nov 1916. Remained with the Brigade.

CCXXXV Brigade.

A Bty. 27 Nov 1916 - 11 Nov 1918.
B Bty. 27 Nov 1916 - 11 Nov 1918.
C Bty. (From CCXXXVII Bde). 29 Nov 1916 - 11 Nov 1918.
D (Howitzer) Bty. 27 Nov 1916 - 11 Nov 1918. On 19 Jan 1917 one section left the Bty and joined the D (Howitzer) Bty, CCXXXVI Brigade.

 

 

6th London Brigade. Numbered CCXXXVI in May 1916.

15th County of London Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 14 May 1916. Became A Bty.
16th County of London Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 14 May 1916. Became B Bty.
17th County of London Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 14 May 1916. Became C Bty.

CCXXXVI Brigade.

A Bty. 14 May 1916 - 11 Nov 1918.
B Bty. 14 May 1916 - 11 Nov 1918.
C Bty. 14 May 1916 - 27 Nov 1916. Broken up and divided between A and B Btys.
C (Howitzer) Bty. 27 Nov 1916 - 19 Jan 1917. Broken up one section to D (Howitzer) Bty, CIV Army Field Artillery Brigade and one section to D (Howitzer) Brigade, CLXXXIX Army Field Artillery Brigade.
C Bty. (From CCXXXVIII Bde). 21 Jan 1917 - 11 Nov 1918.
D (Howitzer) Bty. 17 May 1916 - 11 Nov 1918.

 

 

7th London Bty. Numbered CCXXXVII in May 1916.

18th County of London Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 14 May 1916. Became A Bty.
19th County of London Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 14 May 1916. Became B Bty.
20th County of London Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 14 May 1916. Became C Bty.
R Bty. 20 Apr 1916 - 14 May 1916. To the CCXXXVIII Brigade where it became C Bty.

CCXXXVII Brigade. Broken up 29 Nov 1916.

A Bty. 14 May 1916 - 29 Nov 1916. To the CCXXXV Brigade where it became C Bty.
B Bty. 14 May 1916 - 29 Nov 1916. To the CCXXXVIII Brigade where it became C Bty.
C Bty. 14 May 1916 - 27 Nov 1916. Broken up and divided between A and B Btys.

 

 

8th London (Howitzer) Brigade. Numbered CCXXXVIII May 1916 and reorganized as a standard Brigade.

21st County of London (Howitzer) Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 14 May 1916. Became D (Howitzer) Bty.
22nd County of London (Howitzer) Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 17 May 1916. to the CCXXXVI Brigade where it became D (Howitzer) Bty.
B (Howitzer) Bty. (From 34th Div). 04 Feb 1916 - 14 May 1916. Remained with Bde.

CCXXXVIII Brigade. Broken up 21 Jan 1917.

34th Bty. 14 May 1916 - 21 Jan 1917. To the CLXXXIX Army Field Artillery Brigade.
B Bty. 14 May 1916 - 21 Jan 1917. To the CIV Army Field Artillery Brigade.
C Bty. 29 Nov 1916 - 21 Jan 1917. To the CCXXXVI Brigade.
D (Howitzer) Bty. 14 May 1916 - 21 Jan 1917. Absorbed by D (Howitzer) Bty, CCXXXV Brigade.

 

Royal Garrison Artillery

2nd London Heavy Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 31 Mar 1915. to the I Group Heavy Artillery Reserve.

 

   
Attached Units

1st City of London Brigade. Attached to the Division 03 Jan 1916 - 26 Jan 1916.

1st City of London Bty. 03 Jan 1916 - 26 Jan 1916. to the 16th Division.
2nd City of London Bty. 03 Jan 1916 - 26 Jan 1916. to the 16th Division.
3rd City of London Bty. 03 Jan 1916 - 26 Jan 1916. to the 16th Division.

 

 

3rd London Brigade. Attached to the Division 27 Jan 1916 - 26 Feb 1916.

7th County of London Bty. 27 Jan 1916 - 26 Feb 1916. To the 56th Division.
8th County of London Bty. 27 Jan 1916 - 26 Feb 1916. To the 56th Division.
9th County of London Bty. 27 Jan 1916 - 26 Feb 1916. To the 56th Division.

 

CCL Brigade. Attached to the Division 13 Aug 1918 - 25 Aug 1918.

A Bty. 13 Aug 1918 - 25 Aug 1918. to the 3rd (Australian) Division.
B Bty. 13 Aug 1918 - 25 Aug 1918. to the 3rd (Australian) Division.
C Bty. 13 Aug 1918 - 25 Aug 1918. to the 3rd (Australian) Division.

 

 

CCLI Brigade. Attached to the Division 13 Aug 1918 - 25 Aug 1918.

A Bty. 13 Aug 1918 - 25 Aug 1918. to the 3rd (Australian) Division.
B Bty. 13 Aug 1918 - 25 Aug 1918. to the 3rd (Australian) Division.
C Bty. 13 Aug 1918 - 25 Aug 1918. to the 3rd (Australian) Division.

 

523rd (Howitzer) Bty. 04 Feb 1916 - 14 May 1916. To the CCXXXVIII Brigade where it became B Bty.

 

   

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