61st (2nd South Midland) Division

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For the equivalent formation in Second World War, see 61st Infantry Division (United Kingdom).
61st (2nd South Midland) Division
Active January 1915 – January 1919
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Infantry
Engagements

First World War

Battle of Fromelles

The 61st (2nd South Midland) Division was an infantry division of the British Army raised in 1915 during the Great War as a second-line reserve for the first-line battalions of the 48th (South Midland) Division. However, the division was sent to the Western Front in May 1916 and served there for the duration of the First World War.

Formation[edit]

182nd (2nd Warwickshire) Brigade 
183rd (2nd Gloucester and Worcester) Brigade 

The brigade contained the following battalions until February 1918 when most of them were disbanded.

  • 2/4th (City of Bristol) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment
  • 2/6th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment
  • 2/7th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment
  • 2/8th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment (to 182nd Bde. February 1918)

Between February and June 1918 the 183rd Brigade contained the following battalions.

From May 1918 the following battalions joined the Brigade.

184th (2nd South Midland) Brigade 
Divisional Troops 
  • 1/5th Bn, the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry joined as Divisional Pioneer Bn April 1916
  • 267th Machine Gun Company joined 18 January 1918, moved to 61st Bn MGC 1 March 1918
  • 61st Battalion MGC formed 1 March 1918
Divisional Mounted Troops 
  • 2/1st Bedfordshire Yeomanry joined October 1915, left February 1916
  • 2/2nd County of London Yeomanry joined 24 January 1916, left February 1916
  • C Sqn, 1/1st Hampshire Yeomanry joined 18 March 1916, left 7 June 1916
  • 2nd South Midland Divisional Cyclist Company left June 1916
Divisional Artillery 
(the artillery of 59th Division was also attached between 8 and 26 August 1918)
  • CCCV (2/I South Midland) Brigade, RFA broken up 17 September 1916
  • CCCVI (2/II South Midland) Brigade, RFA
  • CCCVII (2/III South Midland) Brigade, RFA
  • CCCVIII (2/IV S.M.) (Howitzer) Brigade, RFA broken up 27 January 1917
  • 2/1st South Midland (Warwicks) Heavy Battery, RGA left 3 February 1916
  • 2/2nd London Heavy Battery RGA joined 24 January 1916, left 3 February 1916
  • 1/1st Wessex Heavy Battery RGA attached 24 January to February 1916
  • 2/1st Wessex Heavy Battery RGA attached 24 January to February 1916
  • 61st Divisional Ammunition Column RFA
  • V.61 Heavy Trench Mortar Battery, RFA formed by 16 August 1916; left 7 February 1918
  • X.61, Y.61 and Z.61 Medium Mortar Batteries, RFA formed June 1916; on 7 February 1918, Z broken up and batteries reorganised to have 6 x 6-inch weapons each
Royal Engineers 
  • 477th (2/1st South Midland) Field Company moved independently to France and joined 48th Division June 1915
  • 478th (2/2nd South Midland) Field Company
  • 479th (3/1st South Midland) Field Company
  • 476th (1/3rd South Midland) Field Company joined by May 1916
  • 61st Divisional Signals Company
Royal Army Medical Corps 
  • 2/1st South Midland Field Ambulance
  • 2/2nd South Midland Ambulance
  • 2/3rd South Midland Field Ambulance
  • 61st Sanitary Section left for IV Corps 12 April 1917
Other Divisional Troops 
  • 61st Divisional Train ASC 521, 522, 523 and 524 Companies ASC
  • 2/1st South Midland Mobile Veterinary Section AVC
  • 251st Divisional Employment Company joined 7 June 1917

Battles[edit]

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