50th (Northumbrian) Division

The Northumbrian 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 April 1915. In June 1918 the Division was so under manned that the Brigades were reformed into Battalions and designated 149th, 150th and 151st Brigade Battalions. These Battalions formed the 50th Division Composite Brigade. The Division was reduced to Cadre in June 1918 and reconstituted in July 1918. Served in France and Flanders until the Armistice.

Battles and Engagements
France and Flanders

Battle of St. Julien. 24 Apr-5 May 1915.
Battle of Frezenberg. 8-13 May 1915.
Battle of Bellewaarde. 24-25 May 1915.

 

 

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.
Battle of Le Transloy. 1-18 Oct 1916, including the capture of Eaucourt l’Abbaye, Le Sars and the attacks on Butte de Warlencourt.

 

First Battle of the Scarpe. 9-14 Apr 1917, including the capture Monchy le Preux and the Wancourt Ridge.
Second Battle of the Scarpe. 23-24 Apr 1917, including the capture of Guemappe and Gavrelle.
Second Battle of Passchendaele. 26 Oct-10 Nov 1917.

 

 

Battle of St. Quentin. 21-23 Mar 1918.
Actions of the Somme crossings. 24-25 Mar 1918.
Battle of Rosieres. 26-27 Mar 1918.
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 the Aisne. 27 May-7 Jun 1918, including the attack on Bligny and Bois des Buttes.
Battle of the St. Quentin Canal. 29 Sep-2 Oct 1918, including the passage at Bellenglise and the capture of the Bellicourt tunnel defences.
Battle of Beaurevoir. 3-5 Oct 1918.
Battle of Cambrai. 8-9 Oct 1918, including the capture of Villers Outreaux and Cambrai.
The pursuit to the Selle. 9-12 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.

 

 

Infantry Units

 

149th (Northumberland) Brigade.

Prior to being reduced to Cadre.

1/4th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers. 04 Aug 1914 - 19 Jul 1918. Reduced to Cadre on 15 Jul 1918. Cadre to the L of C Troops.
1/5th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers. 04 Aug 1914 - 19 Jul 1918. Reduced to Cadre on 15 Jul 1918. Cadre to the L of C Troops.
1/6th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers. 04 Aug 1914 - 19 Jul 1918. Reduced to Cadre on 15 Jul 1918. Cadre to the L of C Troops.
1/7th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers. 04 Aug 1914 - 10 Feb 1918. To the 42nd Division.
1/5th Bn Border Regt. 05 May 1915 - 20 Dec 1915. To the 151st Brigade.

After being reformed.

3rd Bn Royal Fusiliers. 15 Jul 1918 - 11 Nov 1918.
13th Bn Black Watch. 15 Jul 1918 - 11 Nov 1918.
2nd Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers. 15 Jul 1918 - 11 Nov 1918.

 

 

150th (York and Durham) Brigade.

Prior to being reduced to Cadre.

1/4th Bn East Yorkshire Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - 19 Jul 1918. Reduced to Cadre on 15 Jul 1918. Cadre to the L of C Troops.
1/4th Bn Yorkshire Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - 16 Jul 1918. Reduced to Cadre on 15 Jul 1918. Cadre to the
L of C Troops.
1/5th Bn Yorkshire Regt. 04 Aug 1914 - 15 Jul 1918. Reduced to Cadre on 15 Jul 1918. Cadre to the
L of C Troops.
1/5th Bn Durham Light Infantry. 04 Aug 1914 - 12 Feb 1918. To the 151st Brigade.

After being reformed.

2nd Bn Northumberland Fusiliers. 16 Jul 1918 - 11 Nov 1918.
7th Bn Wiltshire Regt. 15 Jul 1918 - 11 Nov 1918.
2nd Bn Royal Munster Fusiliers. 15 Jul 1918 - 11 Nov 1918.

151st (Durham Light Infantry) Brigade.

Prior to being reduced to Cadre.

1/5th Bn Border Regt. 20 Dec 1915 - 12 Feb 1918. To the 66th Division.
1/5th Bn Loyal North Lancashire Regt. 11 Jun 1915 -21 Dec 1915. To the 9th Division.
1/5th Bn Durham Light Infantry. 12 Feb 1918 - 19 Jul 1918. Reduced to Training Cadre on 15 Jul 1918. Cadre to the L of C Troops.
1/6th Bn Durham Light Infantry. 04 Aug 1914 - 19 Jul 1918. Reduced to Training Cadre on 15 Jul 1918. Cadre to the L of C Troops. Amalgamated with the 1/8th Bn to form the 6/8th Bn on 03 Jun 1915 until 11 Aug 1915 when both Battalions resumed their identities.
1/7th Bn Durham Light Infantry. 04 Aug 1914 - 16 Nov 1915. Became the Pioneer Bn.
1/8th Bn Durham Light Infantry. 04 Aug 1914 - 19 Jul 1918. Reduced to Training Cadre on 15 Jul 1918. Cadre to the L of C Troops. Amalgamated with the 1/6th Bn to form the 6/8th Bn on 03 Jun 1915 until 11 Aug 1915.
1/9th Bn Durham Light Infantry. 04 Aug 1914 - 12 Feb 1918. To the 62nd Division.

After being reformed.

6th Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. 16 Jul 1918 - 11 Nov 1918.
1st Bn King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. 15 Jul 1918 - 11 Nov 1918.
4th Bn King’s Royal Rifle Corps. 16 Jul 1918 - 11 Nov 1918.

 

 

Pioneers.

5th Bn Royal Irish Regt. 14 Jul 1918 - 11 Nov 1918.
6th Bn South Wales Borderers. 20 Jun 1918 - 01 Jul 1918. To the 30th Division.
1/7th Bn Durham Light Infantry. 16 Nov 1915 - 20 Jun 1918. To the 8th Division.

 

25th Division Composite Brigade. (Broken up 07 Jul 1918).

No 1 Bn.
11th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers. 25 Jun 1918 - 07 Jul 1918. (Disbanded 12 Aug 1918.)
4th Bn South Staffordshire Regt. 22 Jun 1918 - 11 Jul 1918. Reduced to Training Cadre on 11 Jul 1918. Cadre remained attached to the Division until Aug 1918 when it went to the 39th Division.

No 2 Bn.
8th Bn Border Regt. 22 Jun 1918 - 07 Jul 1918. Disbanded.
9th Bn Loyal North Lancashire Regt. 22 Jun 1918 - 07 Jul 1918. Disbanded.

No 3 Bn.
1/6th Bn Cheshire Regt. 25 Jun 1918 - 07 Jul 1918. To the 30th Division.

 

 

50th Division Composite Brigade. (Joined with the 25th Division Composite Brigade 25 Jun 1918 - 07 Jul 1918).

149th Brigade Bn.

150th Brigade Bn.

151st Brigade Bn.

The composite Battalions were made up from the men remaining in each of the Brigades.

 

 

Artillery Units
Royal Field Artillery

1st Northumbrian Brigade. Numbered CCL May 1916.

1/1st Northumberland Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 16 May 1916. Became A Bty.
1/2nd Northumberland Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 16 May 1916. Became B Bty.
1/3rd Norhtumberland Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 16 May 1916. Became C Bty.
D Bty. (Newly formed?). 09 May 1916 - 16 May 1916. To the CCLIII Brigade where it became A Bty.

CCL Brigade. (The brigade while officially still part of the 50th Division served with many other divisions during 1918.)

A Bty. 16 May 1916 - 01 Aug 1918. To the 18th Division.
B Bty. 16 May 1916 - 01 Aug 1918. To the 18th Division.
C Bty. 16 May 1916 - 01 Aug 1918. To the 18th Division.
D (Howitzer) Bty. (From CCLIII Bde). 16 May 1916 - 01 Aug 1918. To the 18th Division.

 

 

2nd Northumbrian Brigade. Numbered CCLI May 1916.

1/1st East Riding Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 16 May 1916. Became A Bty.
1/2nd East Riding Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 16 May 1916. Became B Bty.
1/3rd East Riding Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 16 May 1916. Became C Bty.
D Bty. (Newly formed?). 11 May 1916 - 16 May 1916. To the CCLIII Brigade where it became B Bty.

CCLI Brigade. (The brigade while officially still part of the 50th Division served with many other divisions during 1918.)

A Bty. 16 May 1916 - 01 Aug 1918. To the 18th Division.
B Bty. 16 May 1916 - 01 Aug 1918. To the 18th Division.
C Bty. 16 May 1916 - 01 Aug 1918. To the 18th Division.
D (Howitzer) Bty. (From CCLIII Bde). 16 May 1916 - 01 Aug 1918. To the 18th Division.

 

3rd Northumbrian (County of Durham) Brigade. Numbered CCLII May 1916.

1/1st Durham Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 16 May 1916. Became A Bty.
1/2nd Durham Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 16 May 1916. Became B Bty.
1/3rd Durham Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 16 May 1916. Became C Bty.
D Bty. (Newly formed?). 30 Apr 1916 - 16 May 1916. to the CCLIII Brigade where it became C Bty.

CCLII Brigade. Broken up 20 Jan 1917.

A Bty. 16 May 1916 - 20 Jan 1917. To the CCXLII Army Field Artillery Brigade where it became C Bty.
B Bty. 16 May 1916 - 20 Jan 1917. To the LXXII Army Field Artillery Brigade where it became C Bty. Half of the Bty joined A Bty on 16 Nov 1916.
C Bty. 16 May 1916 - 16 Nov 1916. Absorbed by B Bty.
D (Howitzer) Bty. (From CCLIII Bde). 16 May 1916 - 16 Jan 1917. Broken up, one section to D (Howitzer) Bty, CCLI Brigade and one section to D (Howitzer) Bty, CCLI Brigade.

 

 

4th Northumbrian (County of Durham) (Howitzer) Brigade. Numbered CCLIII May 1916.

1/4th Durham (Howitzer) Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 16 May 1916. To the CCL Brigade where it became D (Howitzer) Bty.
1/5th Durham (Howitzer) Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 16 May 1916. To the CCLI Brigade where it became D (Howitzer) Bty.
D (Howitzer) Bty. 21 Feb 1916 - 16 May 1916. To the CCLII Brigade.

CCLIII Brigade. Broken up 16 Nov 1916.

A Bty. (From CCL Bde). 16 May 1916 - 16 Nov 1916. Absorbed by the Btys in the CCL Brigade.
B Bty. (From CCLI Bde). 16 May 1916 - 16 Nov 1916. Absorbed by the Btys in the CCLI Brigade.
C Bty. (From CCLII Bde). 16 May 1916 - 16 Nov 1916. Half went with A Bty to the CCL Brigade and half went with B Bty to the CCLI Brigade.

 

Royal Garrison Artillery

Northumbrian (North Riding) Heavy Bty. 04 Aug 1914 - 06 May 1915. to the XIII Brigade RGA.

 

   

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