218th Brigade (United Kingdom)

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218th Infantry Brigade
Active 1916–8 April 1918
21 October 1940-10 November 1942
Country  United Kingdom
Branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Type Infantry Brigade
Role Training and Home Defence

218th Brigade (218 Bde) was a Home Service formation of the British Army during World War I and World War II.

World War I[edit]

218 Bde was raised in late 1916 as part of 73rd Division, which had the dual role of training men for overseas drafts and providing forces for home defence. The brigade had previously been the 9th Provisional Brigade, without any divisional affiliation.[1]

Composition[edit]

The following infantry battalions served in 218 Bde during World War I:[1]

On 21 December 1917 orders were issued to break up 73rd Division. Disbandment began in January 1918 and its last elements disappeared on 8 April 1918.[1]

World War II[edit]

A new brigade under the title of 218th Independent Infantry Brigade (Home) was formed for service in the United Kingdom on 21 October 1940 under the Yorkshire Area headquarters. At first it was primarily composed of infantry battalions from Yorkshire regiments.[6]

Composition[edit]

The following units served in 218 Bde: [6]

Commanders[edit]

The following officers commanded 218 Bde:[6]

  • Brig D.C. Butterworth
  • Brig T.F. Given (from 30 July 1941)

Service[edit]

218 Bde transferred to Yorkshire County Division when that formation was created on 19 March 1941. The Divisional headquarters became East Riding Coastal Area on 1 December 1941. 218 Bde later transferred to Durham and North Riding Coastal Area, then to Northumbrian District before disbanding on 10 November 1942, when its battalions were converted to anti-tank regiments.[6][12]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • Col J.M. Cowper, The King's Own: The Story of a Royal Regiment, Volume III: 1914–1950, Aldershot: Gale & Polden.
  • Lt-Col H.F. Joslen, Orders of Battle, United Kingdom and Colonial Formations and Units in the Second World War, 1939–1945, London: HM Stationery Office, 1960/Uckfield: Naval & Military, 2003, ISBN 1843424746.