33rd Division (United Kingdom)

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33rd Division
British 33rd Division insignia.png
Active World War I
July 1915 – 30 June 1919
Country United Kingdom
Branch British Army, raised as part of the New Army
Type Infantry
Part of K4 Army Group
Engagements Battle of the Somme (1916)
o Battle of Bazentin Ridge
o Battle of High Wood
Battle of Arras
Third Battle of Ypres
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Herman Landon
Reginald Pinney

The British 33rd Division was a New Army division formed in 1914 as the 40th Division in the K5 Army group then renumbered in April 1915 as part of the new K4 Army Group.

A 33rd Division had been formed as part of the reserve K4 Army in October 1914 but was dissolved in April 1915 at which point the 40th division of the K5 Army became the 33rd of the K4.

The division landed in France in November 1915 and spent the duration of the First World War in action on the Western Front.

The division's insignia was the "double-three" from a set of dominoes.

Unit history[edit]

Formation[edit]

98th Brigade 

The brigade originally comprised four battalions of the Royal Fusiliers.

  • 18th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (to 19 Bde November 1915)
  • 19th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
  • 20th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (to 19 Bde November 1915)
  • 21st (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers

From February 1916, the brigade comprised the following battalions:

99th Brigade 

The brigade transferred to the 2nd Division in November 1915, swapping with the 19th Brigade.

  • 17th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
  • 22nd (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
  • 23rd (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (Sportsman's Battalion)
  • 24th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (Sportsman's Battalion)
100th Brigade 
19th Brigade 

The brigade joined from the 2nd Division in November 1915, swapping with the 99th Brigade.

  • 18th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (from 98 Bde November 1915 until February 1916)
  • 20th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (from 98 Bde November 1915 disbanded February 1918)
  • 2nd Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers (to 115 Bde 38th Division February 1918)
  • 1st Battalion, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
  • 1/5th Battalion, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) (merged with 1/6th Battalion in May 1916 becoming 5th/6th Battalion)
  • 1st Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) (from 100 Bde February 1918)

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