220th Brigade (United Kingdom)

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220th Infantry Brigade
Active 9 November 1916–8 April 1918
1 November 1940-17 November 1944
Country  United Kingdom
Branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Type Infantry Brigade
Role Training and Home Defence

220th Brigade was a Home Service formation of the British Army during the First and Second World Wars.

First World War[edit]

220 Brigage 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.[1]


The following infantry battalions served in 220 Brigade during the war:[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]

Second World War[edit]


A new brigade under the title of 220th Independent Infantry Brigade (Home) was formed for service in the United Kingdom on 1 November 1940, largely from battalions of East Anglian regiments.[5]


After a brief spell attached to the East Anglian 18th Infantry Division, the 220th Brigade became part of Norfolk County Division on 24 December 1940.[5] On 18 November 1941 the Norfolk County Division became 76th Infantry Division, a low establishment division (with a reduced allotment of equipment) intended for home defence.[6] The 220th Independent Infantry Brigade (Home) was re-designated as the 220th Infantry Brigade.[5]

On 1 September 1944, the 76th Divisional headquarters was disbanded and the 220th Brigade became part of 47th Infantry (Reserve) Division [7] On 27 October 1944 the 47th Division's 141st (5th London) Brigade was disbanded, and on 17 November the 220th Brigade was re-designated 141st Infantry Brigade, but with no London connection.[5]

Order of Battle[edit]

The following units served in 220 Brigade:[5]


The following officers commanded 220 Brigade:[5]

  • Brig C.M. Clode
  • Brig G.F. Ellenberger (from 18 June 1941)
  • Brig A.C.T. Evanson (from 10 May 1943)



  • 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.
  • The Long, Long Trail