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Battles & Engagements:

 

   1943                             

 

    23 April - 30 April: Medjez Plain

   5 May - 12 May: Tunis

 

   1944

 

   22 January - 22 May: Anzio

   22 May - 4 June: Rome

   25 August - 22 September: Gothic Line

1st Division 1939-1945
Divisional Insignia

Locations served:

 

       September 1939 - A regular division in the UK.

       June 1942- re-organised as a mixed division.

       November 1942- reverted to Infantry Division.

 

       United Kingdom: 3.9.39 - 19.9.39

       France & Belgium: 20.9.39 - 2.6.40

       United Kingdom: 3.6.40 - 27.2.43

       At Sea: 28.2.43 - 9.3.43

       North Africa: 9.3.43 - 10.6.43

       Pantelleria: 11.6.43 - 14.6.43

       North Africa: 15.6.43 - 4.12.43

       At Sea: 5.12.43 - 7.12.43

       Italy: 7.12.43 - 27.1.45

       At Sea: 28.1.45 - 1.2.45

       Palestine: 2.2.45 - 31.8.45

 

 

Brigades

 

1 Infantry Brigade

3.9.39 - 1.6.41

 

3 Grenadier Guards

2 Coldstream Guards

2 Hampshire Regiment

 

2 Infantry Brigade

3.9.39 - 31.8.45

 

1 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

2 North Staffordshire Regiment

1 Gordon Highlanders (until 28.12.40)

6 Gordon Highlanders (from 7.4.40)

 

3 Infantry Brigade

3.9.39 - 31.8.45

 

1 Duke of Wellington's Regiment

2 Sherwood Foresters

1 King's Shropshire Light Infantry

 

210 Infantry Brigade

25.11.41 - 12.1.42

 

2 London Irish Rifles

1 Royal Irish Fusiliers

 

38 (Irish) Infantry Brigade

13.1.42 - 7.6.42

 

2 London Irish Rifles

1 Royal Irish Fusiliers

6 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

 

34 Tank Brigade

8.6.42 - 2.9.42

 

North Irish Horse

147 Royal Armoured Corps

153 Royal Armoured Corps

 

25 Tank Brigade

3.9.42 - 13.11.42

 

51 Royal Tank Regiment

142 Royal Armoured Corps

North Irish Horse

 

24 Infantry Brigade (Guards)

6.12.42 - 7.3.44

 

1 Scots Guards

1 Irish Guards

5 Grenadier Guards

 

18 Infantry Brigade

8.3.44 - 16.8.44

 

9 King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

1 Buffs

14 Sherwood Foresters

 

66 Infantry Brigade

19.8.44 - 31.8.45

 

2 Royal Scots

1 Hertfordshire Regiment

11 Lancashire Fusiliers

Divisional Troops

 

Royal Armoured Corps

 

13/18 Hussars: 3.9.39 - 31.3.40

1 Reconnaissance Regiment: 1.1.44 - 31.8.45

 

Royal Engineers

 

17 Field Company: 3.9.39 - 2.11.39

23 Field Company: 3.9.39 - 31.8.45

26 Field Company: 3.9.39 - 28.2.50

248 Field Company: 2.11.39 - 31.8.45

238 Field Company: 29.2.40 - 31.8.45

 

6 Field Park Company: 3.9.39 - 31.8.45

 

1 Bridging Platoon: 18.10.43 - 31.8.45

 

Signals

 

1 Division: 3.9.-39 - 31.8.45

 

Royal Artillery

 

2 Field Regiment: 3.9.39 - 31.8.45

19 Field Regiment: 3.9.39 - 31.8.45

24 Field Regiment: 3.9.39 - 31.1.40

67 Field Regiment: 31.1.40 - 31.8.45

 

21 Anti-Tank Regiment Regiment: 3.9.39 - 10.10.41

81 Anti-Tank Regiment Regiment: 5.11.41 - 8.4.45

93 Anti-Tank Regiment Regiment: 9.4.45 - 31.8.45

 

90 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment: 27.1.42 - 7.11.44

11 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment: 19.11.44 - 17.1.45

1 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment: 22.3.45 - 31.8.45

 

INFANTRY

 

Machine Gun Battalions

 

4 Cheshire Regiment: 11.11.41 - 1.10.42

2/7 Middlesex Regiment: 28.5.44 - 31.8.45

 

Reconnaissance Corps

 

1 Battalion: 8.1.42 - 5.6.42

1 Regiment: 6.6.42 - 31.12.43

 

Support Battalion

 

2/7 Middlesex Regiment: 17.8.43 - 27.5.44

Divisional Commanders

 

3.9.39

Maj-Gen Hon. H.R.L.G.Alexander

 

31.5.40

Brig B.Beckwith-Smith (Acting)

 

3.6.40

Maj-Gen Hon. H.R.L.G.Alexander

 

9.6.40

Brig B.Beckwith-Smith (Acting)

 

13.6.40

Maj-Gen K.A.N.Anderson

 

19.5.41

Maj-Gen E.L.Morris

 

18.11.41

Maj-Gen W.E.Clutterbuck

 

14.10.43

Maj-Gen W.R.C.Penny

 

18.2.44

Maj-Gen G.W.R.Templer(1)

(Temporary)

 

23.2.44

Maj-Gen W.R.C.Penny

 

4.5.44

Maj-Gen J.L.I.Hawkesworth

(Temporary)

 

24.5.44

Brig C.F.Loewen

(Acting)

 

14.6.44

Maj-Gen W.R.C.Penny

 

24.7.44

Maj-Gen C.F.Loewen

 

 

 

(1) Was also commander of 56th (London) Division at this time.

Victoria Cross Winners

Cpl Harry Nicholls VC

3 Grenadier Guards

Date: 21 May 1940

Place: Near River Scheldt, Belgium

 

Pte R. Burton VC

1 Duke of Wellington's Regiment

Date: 8 October 1944

Place: Monte Ceco, Italy

Bibliography

 

Anon. The First Divisional Artillery, Tunisia, 1943. Banana Ridge (1943)

Anon. History of the First Division : Anzio Campaign, January-June 1944 (Jerusalem 1946)

Anon. History of the First Division: Florence to Monte Grande (Schindler's Press, Cairo 1946)

Web Links

 

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