It had the unhappy experience of being broken up right at the beginning of the war to provide reinforcements elsewhere.
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Its first major engagement was the unsuccessful diversionary attack at Gommecourt on 1 July which resulted in 4, casualties. The division remained on the Somme till October and in the following year fought in the Arras offensive and again at Cambrai. By the end of the war the division had suffered 34, casualties.
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56th (London) Infantry Division
Lost your password? Birdwood congratulating Major A. They had been gassed in the operations in front of Villers-Bretonneux. Birdwood E H. General C. Brigadier-General Cox is at the head of the column, with Major A. Chisholme, D. A shrine that escaped the ravages of shell fire, although the church and surrounding buildings were demolished Lille Gate, Ypres, Anzac Redoubt, a well known Hun strong point Captured dugouts near Hannebeke Wood, , showing the results of accurate work by artillery No Man's Land, Polygon Wood, , panorama left of advanced troops occupying shell holes No Man's Land, Polygon Wood, , panorama right No Man's Land, Polygon Wood, , continuation of panorama on preceding pages Advanced line, Polygonveld, , Zonnebeke in the distance A captured strong point, Front Line 24th Battalion near Flint Farm, the Huns occupy the wood and their Front Line is along the nearest hedge Prisoners carrying wounded, Bosche captured on October 4th Stretcher bearers in the trenches, Wounded on Menin Road awaiting ambulance transport, Hell Fire Corner, Result of a 5.
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Condon, two machines gun optimists, 31st July Officers and N. Company Officers and N. As with all the other infantry regiments of the British army, the K. In all, twelve battalions were raised, of which eight saw active service overseas. New recruits in : on the parade ground at Copthorne Barracks, Shrewsbury. The K. A Regular battalion, based in the UK and Ireland, In Tipperary in August when mobilised for war, when it joined 16th Brigade, 6th Division and landed at St.
Nazaire, France, on September 10th. It took part in the early battles of the Aise and Marne and thereafter served entirely on the Western Front and in just about every major engagement. In April , again at Ypres, they took part in the severe fighting for the capture of positions on the Ypres-Langemarck road, losing their CO, Lt. Luard in the process.
Saw service on the Somme in under Lt. In January , the battalion was serving with 5th Army and met the brunt of the great German Spring Offensive on March 21st, being just about annihilated at Lagnicourt - not one combatant officer was left and only 53 other ranks came out of action. The battalion was completely re-formed under Lt.
Meynell and within ten days of being all but destroyed, was back in the line at Ypres and fought continuously in the salient until late August. After taking part in the fighting on the Hindenburg Line in with 4th Army, including the desperate fighting around St. A Regular battalion, serving in India from ; at Secunderabad in August when mobilised for war.
After some of the hardest fighting in the Ypres Salient at St. Eloi, St. Julien and on Frezenburg Ridge in the Second Battle of Ypres in the Spring of , the battalion moved to the relatively quiet sector at that stage of the Somme.