Guards Division

Formed in France in August 1915 with the Guards Battalions from various other Divisions. Served in France and Flanders until the Armistice.

Battles and Engagements
France and Flanders

Battle of Loos. 25 Sep-8 Oct 1915.
Actions of the Hohenzollern Redoubt. 13-19 Oct 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.

 

German retreat to the Hindenburg Line. 14 Mar-5 Apr 1917.
Battle of Pilkem. 31 Jul-2 Aug 1917.
Battle of the Menin Road. 20-25 Sep 1917.
Battle of Poelcappelle. 9 Oct 1917.
First Battle of Passchendaele. 12 Oct 1917.
Capture of Bourlon Wood. 23-28 Nov 1917.
German counter attacks. 30 Nov-3 Dec 1917.

 

 

Battle of St. Quentin. 21-23 Mar 1918.
First Battle of Bapaume. 24-25 Mar 1918.
First Battle of Arras. 28 Mar 1918.
Battle of Albert. 21-23 Aug 1918, including the capture of Chuignes.
Second Battle of Bapaume. 31 Aug-3 Sep 1918.
Battle of Havrincourt. 12 Sep 1918.
Battle of the Canal du Nord. 27 Sep-1 Oct 1918, including the capture of Bourlon Wood.
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

 

1st (Guards) Brigade.

2nd Bn Grenadier Guards. 20 Aug 1915 - 11 Nov 1918.
2nd Bn Coldstream Guards. 20 Aug 1915 - 11 Nov 1918.
3rd Bn Coldstream Guards. 20 Aug 1915 - 08 Feb 1918. To the 31st Division.
1st Bn Irish Guards. 20 Aug 1915 - 11 Nov 1918.

 

 

2nd (Guards) Brigade.

3rd Bn Grenadier Guards. 19 Aug 1915 - 11 Nov 1918.
1st Bn Coldstream Guards. 25 Aug 1915 - 11 Nov 1918.
1st Bn Scots Guards. 25 Aug 1915 - 11 Nov 1918.
2nd Bn Irish Guards. 19 Aug 1915 - 08 Feb 1918. To the 31st Division.

 

3rd (Guards) Brigade.

1st Bn Grenadier Guards. 05 Aug 1915 - 11 Nov 1918.
4th Bn Grenadier Guards. 18 Aug 1915 - 08 Feb 1918. To the 31st Division.
2nd Bn Scots Guards. 09 Aug 1915 - 11 Nov 1918.
1st Bn Welsh Guards. 20 Aug 1915 - 11 Nov 1918.

 

 

Pioneers.

4th Bn Coldstream Guards. 18 Aug 1915 - 11 Nov 1918.

 

 

Artillery Units

 

Royal Field Artillery

LXXIV Brigade. Joined the division 30 Aug 1915.

A Bty. 30 Aug 1915 - 11 Nov 1918.
B Bty. 30 Aug 1915 - 11 Nov 1918.
C Bty. 30 Aug 1915 - 14 Nov 1916. Broken up and divided between A and B Btys.
C Bty. 14 Nov 1916 - 11 Nov 1918.
D Bty. 30 Aug 1915 - 15 May 1916. Went to LXI Bde where it became A Bty.
D (Howitzer) Bty. 15 May 1916 - 11 Nov 1918.

 

 

LXXV Brigade. Joined the division 04 Sep 1915.

A Bty. 04 Sep 1915 - 11 Nov 1918.
B Bty. 04 Sep 1915 - 14 Nov 1916. Broken up and divided between A and C Btys.
B Bty. 14 Nov 1916 - 11 Nov 1918.
C Bty. 04 Sep 1915 - 11 Nov 1918.
D Bty. 04 Sep 1915 - 15 May 1916. To LXI Bde where it became B Bty.
D (Howitzer) Bty. 15 May 1916 - 11 Nov 1918.

 

LXXVI Brigade. Joined the division 04 Sep 1915. On 19 Jan 1917 the Brigade left the Division and became an Army Field Artillery Brigade.

A Bty. 04 Sep 1914 - 13 Nov 1916. Broken up and divided between B and C Btys.
B Bty. 04 Sep 1915 - 19 Jan 1917. Became A Bty, with the Brigade to the Army Field Artillery.
C Bty. 04 Sep 1915 - 19 Jan 1917. Became B Bty, with the Brigade to the Army Field Artillery.
C Bty. (was B Bty, LXXXI Bde) joined 19 Jan 1917.
D Bty. 04 Sep 1915 - 15 May 1916. To the LXI Bde where it became C Bty.
D (Howitzer) Bty. 15 May 1916 - 19 Jan 1917. Broken up and divided between D (Howitzer) Bty, LXXIV Bde and D (Howitzer) Bty, LXXV Bde.

 

 

LXI (Howitzer) Brigade. Joined the division 24 Aug 1915. The brigade was reorganised in May 1916 it lost its Howitzer designation at this time.

A (Howitzer) Bty. 24 Aug 1915 - 15 May 1916. To the LXXIV Bde where it became D (Howitzer) Bty.
B (Howitzer) Bty. 24 Aug 1915 - 15 May 1916. To the LXXV Bde where it became D (Howitzer) Bty.
C (Howitzer) Bty. 24 Aug 1915 - 15 May 1916. To the LXXVI Bde where it became D (Howitzer) Bty.
D (Howitzer) Bty. 24 Aug 1915 - 21 Feb 1916. To the 50th Division.

LXI Brigade. The brigade was broken up 14 Nov 1916.

A Bty. 15 May 1916 - 14 Nov 1916. Went to LXXIV Bde where it became C Bty.
B Bty. 15 May 1916 - 14 Nov 1916. Went to LXXV Bde where it became B Bty.
C Bty. 15 May 1916 - 13 Nov 1916. Broken up and divided between A and B Btys.

 

   

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