24th Division (United Kingdom)

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24th Division
British 24th Division Insignia.png
Active September 1914 – 1919
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Infantry
Size Division

World War I

Battle of Loos
Battle of the Somme
Battle of Vimy Ridge
Battle of Messines
Battle of Passchendaele
Battle of Cambrai
Spring Offensive
Hundred Days Offensive

The 24th Division was an infantry division of the British Army during World War I, raised in September 1914 from men volunteering for Lord Kitchener's New Armies during the First World War. After almost a full year spent training in England the division was sent to the Western Front between August and September 1915. It served in Belgium and France in the trenches of the Western Front for the duration of the war. From its arrival in France to May 1917, it was initially commanded by Major-General John Capper.

Unit History


The 24th Division was constituted as follows during the war:

71st Brigade (until 11 October 1915)

The brigade moved to the 6th Division in October 1915, swapping with the 17th Brigade.

72nd Brigade
73rd Brigade
17th Brigade (from 11 October 1915)
  • 1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
  • 1st Battalion, Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment) (left October 1915)
  • 2nd Battalion, Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians) (left October 1915)
  • 3rd Battalion, Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own)
  • 12th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) (from October 1915, disbanded February 1918)
  • 8th (Service) Battalion, Buffs (East Kent Regiment) (from October 1915, disbanded February 1918)
  • 8th (Service) Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) (from February 1918)
  • 1/2nd (City of London) Battalion, London Regiment (left February 1916)

The brigade joined the division from the 6th Division in October 1915, swapping with the 71st Brigade.

General Officer Commanding:

  • Maj-Gen J E Capper 03-Oct-15 to 12-May-17
  • Brig-Gen H C Sheppard 12-May-17 to 18-May-17 Temporary
  • Maj-Gen L J Bols 18-May-17 to 12-Sep-17
  • Brig-Gen E S Hoare Nairne 12-Sep-17 to 15-Sep-17 Temporary
  • Maj-Gen A C Daly 15-Sep-17 to 31-Dec-18

From Becke, Order of Battle of Divisions, Part 3A.


See also

External links

  • The British Army in the Great War: The 24th Division
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