9th (Scottish) Division

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For the equivalent formation in World War II, see 9th (Highland) Infantry Division.
9th (Scottish) Division
British 9th (Scottish) Division Insignia.png
Active World War I
21 August 1914 – 16 March 1919
Country United Kingdom
Branch New Army
Type Infantry

Battle of Loos
Battle of the Somme

Battle of Arras (1917)

Third Battle of Ypres
Ludendorff Offensive
Battle of Messines
Battle of Bailleul
Battle of Kemmel Ridge
Battle of Scherpenberg
Battle of the Lys Salient
Fourth Battle of Ypres
Battle of Courtrai
Battle of Ooteghem

The 9th (Scottish) Division, was one of the Kitchener's Army divisions raised from volunteers by Lord Kitchener to serve on the Western Front during the First World War.

After the 1st South African Infantry Brigade Group joined in early 1916, the division was known colloquially as the Jock and Springboks.

Unit history[edit]

In the Battle of Loos, notable for being the first battle in which British forces used poison gas, the 9th (Scottish ) Division assaulted the Hohenzollern Redoubt, the 5th Camerons suffered horrific casualties, and Corporal James Dalgleish Pollock gained a Victoria Cross for his actions.

The 9th (Scottish) Division took part in major fighting during the Somme offensive. Notably it relieved the 30th Division at Montauban and later attacked German positions at Bernafay Wood, where it succeeded in capturing vital objectives and forcing a German withdrawal.

Also in the Somme offensive, the 9th (Scottish) Division liberated the village of Longueval, the village now has a statue of a Scottish piper at its crossroads that commemorates this fact and also other pipers who served in World War 1.


The division comprised the following brigades:

26th Brigade 
27th Brigade 
28th Brigade [6] 
  • 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers [4]
  • 9th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) [5]
  • 10th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry [7]
  • 11th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry [7]
  • 1st Battalion, Royal Newfoundland Regiment Sept 1918 - March 1919
1st South African Brigade [8] 
  • 1st Battalion, South African Infantry [9]
  • 2nd Battalion, South African Infantry [9]
  • 3rd Battalion, South African Infantry
  • 4th Battalion, South African Infantry [9]
  • 9th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (Rosshire Buffs, The Duke of St. Albany's)

General Officers Commanding[edit]

Commanders have included:[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Transferred to 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division and amalgamated with 10th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders in May, 1916
  2. ^ Army Commands
  1. Transferred to 26th Brigade & replaced 8th Gordon Highlanders May, 1916. Transferred to 32nd Division in February, 1918
  2. Transferred to the 15th Division and amalgamated with 7th Battalion the Royal Scots Fusiliers in May, 1916
  3. Transferred to 27th Brigade & replaced 6th Battalion The Royal Scots Fusiliers in May, 1916
  4. Transferred to 27th Brigade & replaced 10th Battalion Princess Louise's in May, 1916, Transferred to 14th Division in February, 1918, rejoined 9th Division, 28th Brigade April, 1918
  5. Broken up May, 1916 & replaced with 28th (South African) Brigade.
  6. Amalgamated May, 1916 & Transferred to 15th Division.
  7. Replaced 28th Brigade May, 1916
  8. Amalgamated into South African (Composite Regiment) April, 1918 due to heavy casualties, Battalions reformed September, 1918

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