26th Division (United Kingdom)

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26th Division
26th Division sign WW1.svg
Formation sign of the 26th Division, a strip of blue cloth on the shoulder strap.[1]
ActiveSeptember 1914 – 10 May 1919
Country United Kingdom
Branch British Army
TypeInfantry
SizeDivision
EngagementsWorld War I

The 26th Division was an infantry division of the British Army during World War I. The division was created in September 1914 from men volunteering for Lord Kitchener's New Armies and was the last division to be raised under the K3 enlistment scheme. Although the 26th Division began to assemble in September 1914, it was not fully deployed on the Western Front until the following year. In November 1915, the division was redeployed to the Macedonian Front, where it remained until the end of the war.

The 26th Division took part in the following operations:

Demobilization began in February 1919, and the division was formally disbanded on 10 May 1919.

Order of Battle[edit]

From[2]

77th Brigade

78th Brigade

79th Brigade

Divisional Troops

  • 10th (Service) Battalion, the Gloucestershire Regiment (left August 1915
  • 8th (Service) Battalion, the Ox & Bucks. Light Infantry (became Divisional Pioneer Battalion in February 1915)
  • 8th (Service) Battalion, the Royal Berkshire Regiment (left August 1915
  • Divisional Mounted Troops
  • 26th Divisional Train ASC
  • 38th Mobile Veterinary Section AVC
  • 817th Divisional Employment Company (formed October 1917)

Divisional Artillery

  • CXIV Brigade, RFA
  • CXV Brigade, RFA
  • CXVI Brigade, RFA
  • CXVII Brigade, RFA (left 9 August 1917 for 74th (Yeomanry) Division)
  • 26th Divisional Ammunition Column RFA (transferred to XII Corps Ammunition Column, 22 January 1917)
  • 131st Heavy Battery, RGA (raised with the Division, joined XXIII Heavy Artillery Brigade on 12 March 1916)
  • LVII Brigade, RFA (joined September 1917)
  • XXXI Brigade, RFA (attached 17 June to 24 August 1917)
  • IV Highland (Mountain) Brigade, RGA (attached in August 1918)

Royal Engineers

  • 95th Field Company (left 29 January 1915 for 16th (Irish) Division)
  • 96th Field Company (left 1 February 1915 for 20th (Light) Division)
  • 107th Field Company (joined 30 January 1915 from 35th Division
  • 108th Field Company (joined 30 January 1915 from 35th Division)
  • 131st Field Company (joined 25 April 1915)
  • 26th Divisional Signals Company

Royal Army Medical Corps

  • 78th Field Ambulance (joined 25 August 1915)
  • 79th Field Ambulance (joined 25 August 1915)
  • 80th Field Ambulance (joined 25 August 1915)
  • 43rd Sanitary Section

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Chappell pp. 15-16
  2. ^ Baker, Chris. "26th Divisoin". The Long, Long Trail. Retrieved 12 November 2018.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Chappell, Mike (1986). British Battle Insignia (1). 1914-18. Oxford: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 9780850457278.

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