47th (London) Infantry Division

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For the equivalent formation in World War I, see 47th (1/2nd London) Division.
2nd London Division[1]
47th (London) Infantry Division[1]
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Formation sign of the 47th (London) Infantry Division
Active Second World War
Country United Kingdom
Branch Territorial Army
Type Infantry

The 2nd London Division was a 2nd Line Territorial Army division of the British Army, duplicate of the 1st London Division, during the Second World War. On 21 November 1940, the division was renamed as the 47th (London) Infantry Division.[1]

The formation sign depicted two bells tied with a bow (Bow Bells of London).[2]


The division was formed in the Territorial Army as a 2nd Line duplicate of the 1st London Division. In September 1939 it was organized as a Motor Division; however it was reorganized as an Infantry Division in June 1940. On 21 November 1940 it was redesignated as the 47th (London) Infantry Division. On 1 September 1944 it became a reserve division, in which capacity it remained through the rest of the war. It remained in the United Kingdom during the Second World War.


  • Maj.Gen. Harry Willans (1940)
  • Brig. William Havelock Ramsden (1940)
  • Maj.Gen. Clifford Cecil Malden (1940-1941)
  • Brig. Pat Bradshaw (1941)
  • Maj.Gen. John Edward Utterson-Kelso (1941-1942)
  • Maj.Gen. Gerald Templer (1942)
  • Maj.Gen. Alfred Eryk Robinson (1942-1944)

Component Units[edit]

(as of formation on 10 September 1939)

4th London Infantry Brigade[edit]

See main article 140th (4th London) Brigade

5th London Infantry Brigade[edit]

See main article 141st (5th London) Brigade

6th London Infantry Brigade[edit]

See main article 142nd (6th London) Brigade

Support Units[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Joslen, p. 41
  2. ^ Cole p43


  • Joslen, Lieutenant-Colonel H.F (1960) [1960]. Orders Of Battle Second World War 1939-1945. Naval & Military Press Ltd. ISBN 978-1-84342-474-1. 
  • Cole H (1973)Formation Badges of World War 2. British Commonwealth and Empire Arms and Armour Press SBN 85368 078 7

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