|64th (2nd Highland) Division|
|Engagements||First World War|
The division was formed as a duplicate of the 51st (Highland) Division in 1914, composed primarily of soldiers from Highland regiments recruited in northern and central Scotland. It remained on home defence and training duties in Scotland and England throughout the war, and disbanded in early 1919 following the Armistice.
History[edit | edit source]
The division was created as the "2nd Highland Division", a second-line formation of the Highland Division at the end of August 1914. At this time, Territorial Force soldiers could not be deployed overseas without their consent, and the existing Territorial units were accordingly split into a "first line", with men who had volunteered for overseas service, and a "second line", which was intended for home service only. The second line units also served to absorb the large number of new, untrained, recruits who had joined the Territorial Force following the outbreak of war. The division's units formed through late 1914, and assembled as a coherent unit in January 1915.
As with the original Highland Division, the 2nd Highland was organised into three infantry brigades. These were later numbered as the 191st, composed of the 2/4th, 2/5th, and 2/6th Seaforth Highlanders, 2/4th Cameron Highlanders, and 2/4th Black Watch; the 192nd, composed of the 2/4th, 2/5th, 2/6th, and 2/7th Gordon Highlanders and 2/6th and 2/7th Black Watch; and the 193rd, composed of the 2/6th, 2/7th, 2/8th, and 2/9th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. With fifteen battalions, the 2nd Highland had a higher nominal strength than its parent division; the three additional units came from the second-line units of the Black Watch Brigade, assigned to the division as it assembled in January 1915.
The 191st Brigade recruited from the far north of Scotland; the 192nd from the north-east and Aberdeen; and the 193rd from central and western Scotland. The Black Watch battalions were recruited from Fife, Dundee, and Perthshire. The division also raised second-line Territorial artillery, medical, signal and engineer units, from the same areas.
Through the next two years, the 2nd Highland, numbered as the 64th Division in 1915, provided trained men for its parent unit as well as carrying out home defence duties. The division was assembled in Fife and Perthshire. In mid-1915 the strength of its infantry battalions was set at a minimum 600 men, with any more than this being transferred overseas; later that year, all the infantry battalions were renumbered and several were amalgamated. The old unit numbering was reinstated in January 1916, but the amalgamations remained.
In 1916 the division's howitzer brigade was broken up and its heavy artillery battery sent to France; a third field artillery brigade was briefly added but dissolved soon afterwards. In March 1916 the division was transferred to England, where it was stationed in East Anglia.
A second wave of reorganisation took place in 1917–18, with the division absorbing twelve "graduated battalions" – training units – and disbanding almost all of its original infantry units. By the time of the Armistice in November 1918, its infantry complement consisted entirely of graduated battalions. The division was demobilised shortly afterwards, and ceased to exist in April 1915.
Order of battle[edit | edit source]
- Organisation details are taken from The British Army in the Great War unless otherwise noted.
Organisation, early 1915[edit | edit source]
Organisation as formed in January 1915.
|2nd Seaforth and Cameron Highlanders Brigade||2nd Gordon Highlanders Brigade
||2nd Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Brigade
Royal Army Medical Corps
Organisation, early 1916[edit | edit source]
Organisation from January 1916 onwards
|191st (2nd Seaforth and Cameron Highlanders) Brigade
||192nd (2nd Gordon Highlanders) Brigade
||193rd (2nd Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) Brigade
Royal Army Medical Corps
Organisation, late 1918[edit | edit source]
Organisation in November 1918, prior to disbandment
|191st Brigade||192nd Brigade||193rd Brigade|
Royal Army Medical Corps
References[edit | edit source]
- LANDON, Maj.-Gen. Herman James Shelley, in Who Was Who (2008)
- Falls, Cyril. "Lukin, Sir Henry Timson (1860–1925)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. Digital object identifier:10.1093/ref:odnb/34631. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- Chris Baker, The British Army in the Great War: The 64th (2nd Highland) Division
- Chris Baker, The British Army in the Great War: The Black Watch
- Chris Baker, The British Army in the Great War: The Seaforth Highlanders
- Chris Baker, The British Army in the Great War: The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
- Chris Baker, The British Army in the Great War: The Gordon Highlanders
- Chris Baker, The British Army in the Great War: The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
- Nafziger, George (1992). "Organization of British Infantry Divisions, 1939–1945". http://www.cgsc.edu/CARL/nafziger/939BXIA.pdf.
- Nafziger, George (1992). "British Infantry Brigades, 1st thru 214th, 1939–1945". http://www.cgsc.edu/CARL/nafziger/939BXIE.pdf.
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