60th (2/2nd London) Division

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60th (2/2nd London) Division
British 60th (London) Division Insignia.png
Active 31 August 1914 – 31 May 1919
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Infantry
Size Division
Engagements

World War I

Third Battle of Gaza
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Edward Bulfin

The 60th (2/2nd London) Division was an infantry division of the British Army raised during World War I. The division was the second of two second-line Territorial Force divisions formed from the surplus of London recruits in 1914. Originally the division merely supplied the first-line Territorial divisions with drafts to replace losses through casualties. It was not until late 1915 that the division began to be equipped for field operations and it was not sent overseas to France until mid-1916. As a "lesser" division it was sent to the minor fronts of Salonika and finally Palestine. In mid-1918, most British battalions were replaced with Indian battalions and sent to the Western Front, the division effectively became a British Indian Army division.

Its engagements included the Third Battle of Gaza, the Battle of Beersheba (1917), the Battle of Jerusalem (1917), the Second Transjordan attack on Shunet Nimrin and Es Salt (1918), the Battle of Megiddo (1918), the Battle of Sharon (1918), and the Battle of Nahr el Faliq.[citation needed]

The divisional insignia was a bee.

Formation

Monument to the December 9, 1917, surrender of Jerusalem to the 60th London Division.
179th (2/4th London) Brigade

In June 1918 three battalions were replaced by the 2nd Battalion, 19th Punjabis, 2nd Battalion, 127th Baluchis and 3rd Battalion, 151st Punjabi Rifles.

180th (2/5th London) Brigade

In July 1918 three battalions were replaced by the 2nd Battalion, 30th Punjabis, 1st Battalion, 50th Kumaon Rifles and 2nd Battalion, Guides Infantry.

181st (2/6th London) Brigade
  • 2/21st (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (disbanded in June 1918)
  • 2/22nd (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment
  • 2/23rd (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (until May 1918)
  • 2/24th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (until May 1918)

In June 1918 three battalions were replaced by the 2nd Battalion, 97th Deccan Infantry, 130th Baluchis and 2nd Battalion, 152nd Punjabis.

Engagements

Macedonian Campaign 1917

Sinai and Palestine Campaign 1917

1918

General Officer Commanding

See also

References

External links

  • Baker, Chris. "The 60th (2/2nd London) Division in 1914-1918". The Long, Long Trail. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
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