145 (South) Brigade (United Kingdom)
|145th (South) Brigade|
|Type||Regular and TA|
|Part of||Support Command (British Army)|
|Brigadier Andrew Hughes|
First formed in 1908 as the 145th Infantry Brigade, the brigade, together with 143 Brigade and 144 Brigade eventually formed the 48th (South Midland) Division in Second Army during World War I. The brigade was in continuous service in France until the Armistice in 1918 when it was disbanded. During this period it was composed of four infantry battalions:
- 1/5th Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment (until September 1918)
- 1/4th Battalion, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
- 1/1st (Buckinghamshire) Battalion, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
- 1/4th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment)
The Brigade saw action in France at the start of the Second World War as part of 48th (South Midland) Division. Following its withdrawal, it became a training formation in the UK until it was again disbanded in 1945.
In 1994, 145 Brigade was reformed through the renaming of Aldershot Area, part of the old South-Eastern District, assuming responsibility for all army units in the Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. In doing so it joined 4th Division.
It became 145 (South) Brigade in 2007 and currently has its headquarters in Aldershot, Hampshire, England . It administers the counties of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It also directly commands Regular Army and Territorial Army (TA) soldiers and Army cadets. These comprise one TA infantry battalion (7 Rifles), two University Officers' Training Corps (Oxford and Southampton Universities) and four Army County Cadet Forces. The Brigade moved into a new headquarters building, named Roebuck House, in November 2011. The building will be officially opened in 2012. With the disbandment of 4th Division, the brigade came under the control of the new Support Command on 2 April 2012. UnderArmy 2020, this Brigade will not exist.