33rd Division (United Kingdom)

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33rd Division
British 33rd Division insignia.png
Active July 1915 – 30 June 1919
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Infantry
Part of K4 Army Group

World War I

Battle of the Somme (1916)
Battle of Bazentin Ridge
Battle of High Wood
Battle of Arras (1917)
Third Battle of Ypres
Herman Landon
Reginald Pinney

The 33rd Division was a New Army infantry division of the British Army formed in 1914 during World War I 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 Great War in action on the Western Front. The division's insignia was the "double-three" from a set of dominoes.

Formation history[edit]

Order of Battle[edit]

98th Brigade 

The brigade originally comprised four battalions of the Royal Fusiliers.

  • 18th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (to 19th Brigade November 1915)
  • 19th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
  • 20th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (to 19th Brigade 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 (Sportsman's Battalion), Royal Fusiliers
  • 24th (Service) Battalion (Sportsman's Battalion), Royal Fusiliers
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 98th Brigade November 1915 until February 1916)
  • 20th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (from 98th Brigade November 1915 disbanded February 1918)
  • 2nd Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers (to 115th Brigade 38th Division February 1918)
  • 1st Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
  • 1/5th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) (merged with 1/6th Battalion in May 1916 becoming 5th/6th Battalion)
  • 1st Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) (from 100th Brigade February 1918)



  • Major-General P. R. Wood
  • Major-General Herman Landon November 1915 – September 1916
  • Major-General Reginald John Pinney September 1916 – February 1919 (disbandment)

See also[edit]



  • Seton Hutchinson, G. (2005) [1921]. The Thirty-Third Division in France and Flanders 1915–1919 (Naval & Military Press ed.). London: Waterlow & Sons. ISBN 1-84342-995-0. 

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