18th (Eastern) Division

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18th (Eastern) Division
British 18th (Eastern) Division insignia.png
Active September 1914 – 20 March 1919
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Infantry
Size Division

First World War

Battle of the Somme
Battle of Passchendaele
Battle of Épehy
Ivor Maxse

The 18th (Eastern) Division was an infantry division of the British Army formed in September 1914 during the First World War as part of the K2 Army Group, part of Lord Kitchener's New Armies. From its creation the division trained in England until 25 May 1915 when it landed in France and spent the duration of the First World War in action on the Western Front, becoming one of the elite divisions of the British Army. During the Battle of the Somme in the latter half of 1916, the 18th Division was commanded by Major General Ivor Maxse.

Formation history

Order of battle

53rd Brigade 
54th Brigade 
55th Brigade 
  • 8th (Service) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment (from 54th Bde February 1915)


See also

External links

  • The British Army in the Great War: The 18th (Eastern) Division

Further reading

  • Maxse, Ivor (1917). The 18th Division in the Battle of the Ancre, 1916. 
  • Nicholls, G.H.F. (1922). The 18th Division in the Great War. Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons. 
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