Organisation of the 53rd (Welsh) Division

The order of battle of the 53rd (Welsh) Division

158th (North Wales) Brigade
This Brigade served under command of 2nd Mounted Division between 31 October and 28 November 1915
1/4th Battalion, the Royal Welsh Fusiliers left November 1914
1/5th Battalion, the Royal Welsh Fusiliers
1/6th Battalion, the Royal Welsh Fusiliers amalgamated with 1/5th on 2 August 1918
1/7th Battalion, the Royal Welsh Fusiliers left for 160th Brigade 24 June 1918
1/1st Battalion, the Herefordshire Regiment joined from 160th Brigade 24 April 1915, left 1 June 1918
158th Machine Gun Company formed 26 April 1916, moved to 53rd Battalion MGC 25 April 1918
158th Trench Mortar Battery formed 22 July 1917
4/11th Ghurka Rifles joined 4 June 1918
3/153rd Infantry joined 10 June 1918
3/154th Infantry joined 3 August 1918
159th (Cheshire) Brigade
This Brigade served under command of 2nd Mounted Division between 29 November and 9 December 1915
1/4th Battalion, the Cheshire Regiment left 31 May 1918
1/5th Battalion, the Cheshire Regiment left February 1915
1/6th Battalion, the Cheshire Regiment left November 1914
1/7th Battalion, the Cheshire Regiment left 1 June 1918
2/6th Battalion, the Cheshire Regiment joined November 1914, left April 1915
2/5th Battalion, the Cheshire Regiment joined February 1915, left April 1915
1/4th, the Welsh Regiment joined 17 April 1915
1/5th, the Welsh Regiment joined 17 April 1915, between 8 October 1915 and 20 February 1916 merged with 1/4th to form 4th Welsh Composite Battalion, fully amalgamated 30 July 1918
159th Machine Gun Company formed 20 April 1916, moved to 53rd Battalion MGC 25 April 1918
159th Trench Mortar Battery formed 28 June 1917
3/152nd Infantry joined 4 June 1918
2/153rd Infantry joined 5 June 1918
1/153rd Infantry joined 2 August 1918
160th (Welsh Border) Brigade
1/1st Battalion, the Monmouthshire Regiment left February 1915
1/2nd Battalion, the Monmouthshire Regiment left November 1914
1/3rd Battalion, the Monmouthshire Regiment left February 1915
1/1st Battalion, the Herefordshire Regiment left for 158th Brigade 24 April 1915
2/4th Battalion, the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) joined 24 April 1915, left 31 May 1918
1/4th Battalion, the Royal Sussex Regiment joined 24 April 1915, left 30 May 1918
2/4th Battalion, the Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) joined 24 April 1915, left 25 August 1918
2/10th Battalion, the Middlesex Regiment joined 24 April 1915, left 19 August 1918
160th Machine Gun Company formed 11 May 1916, moved to 53rd Battalion MGC 25 April 1918
160th Trench Mortar Battery formed 26 June 1917
21st Punjabis joined 26 May 1918
110th Mahratta Light Infantry joined 28 June 1918, left 19 July 1918
1st Cape Corps joined 22 July 1918, left 15 May 1919
17th Infantry joined 6 August 1918
Divisional Troops
2/1st Battalion, the London Regiment joined 15 January 1916, left April 1916
2/3rd Battalion, the London Regiment joined 15 January 1916, left April 1916
2/2nd Battalion, the London Regiment joined 22 February 1916, left April 1916
2/4th Battalion, the London Regiment joined 22 February 1916, left April 1916
155th Infantry joined as Divisional Pioneer Battalion 12 August 1918
53rd Battalion MGC formed at Ain Sinia 15-25 April 1918
Cape Corps Machine Gun Company joined 17 September 1918 and added to 53rd Battalion MGC
Divisional Mounted Troops
Welsh Divisional Cyclist Company formed May-June 1915
A Squadron, the 1/1st Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry joined 1 February 1917, left for XXI Corps Cavalry Regiment on 23 August 1917
Divisional Artillery
The Divisional Artillery did not leave England when the Division embarked for service at Gallipoli. It remained at Bedford and was there rearmed. It sailed for France from 20 November 1915 and concentrated near Pont Remy by five days later. Entrainment began on 1 February 1916, embarkation at Marseilles began two days later and by 22 February 1916 the artillery had concentrated at Beni Salama and came once again under command of this Division.
CCLXV (I Welsh) (Howitzer) Brigade, Royal Field Artillery broken up 26 May 1916
CCLXVI (II Welsh) Brigade, RFA renumbered CCLXVII 25 December 1916
CCLXVII (Cheshire) Brigade, RFA renumbered CCLXV 25 December 1916
CCLXVIII (III Welsh) Brigade, RFA renumbered CCLXVI 25 December 1916
Welsh (Caernarvonshire) Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery did not sail with the Division; moved independently to France 3 March1916 and joined XXIII HA Brigade
53rd Divisional Ammunition Column RFA
Royal Engineers
436th (1st Welsh) Field Company renumbered on 4 February 1917
Cheshire Field Company left November 1914
439th (2/1st Cheshire) Field Company joined November 1914, renumbered on 4 February 1917
437th (2/1st Welsh) Field Company sailed 4 October 1915, landed at Suvla 24 October and was initially attached to IX Corps, joining Division at Lala Baba 2 December 1915, renumbered on 4 February 1917, left 9 April 1918
53rd Divisional Signals Company HQ and No 1 Section of this Company was attached to 54th (East Anglian) Division at Suvla between 10-23 August 1915; on 15 December 1915 it was ordered to Salonika and joined XII Corps there on 27 december 1915; it landed at Alexandria 21 January 1916 and came back under orders of this Division at Wardan next day
72nd Company, 3rd Sappers & Miners joined 5 August 1918
Royal Army Medical Corps
1st Welsh Field Ambulance left 21 August 1918
2nd Welsh Field Ambulance absorbed into 170 Combined Field Ambulance on 11 September 1918
3rd Welsh Field Ambulance attached to 54th (East Anglian) Division at Suvla between 11-18 August 1915, absorbed into 171 Combined Field Ambulance on 8-11 September 1918
53rd Sanitary Section formed April 1915
113th Combined Field Ambulance joined 3 July 1918
170th Combined Field Ambulance joined 29 August 1918
172st Combined Field Ambulance joined 23 August 1918
Other Divisional Troops
53rd Divisional Train Army Service Corps comprising 479, 480, 481 and 482 Companies ASC, the original Train did not sail with the Division. It transferred to join 11th (Northern) Division for service in France. The units of 29th Divisional Train joined this Division on 17 March 1916, comprising 246, 247, 248 and 249 Companies ASC
53rd (Welsh) Mobile Veterinary Section AVC formed 27 June 1915, did not sail with the Division, embarked 21 March 1916 and rejoined Division 11 April 1916

 

%d bloggers like this: