XXXIV Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery

This was a unit of Britain’s pre-war regular army. It is also sometimes shown as 34 Brigade RFA.

History

  • This brigade was originally comprised of numbers 22, 50 and 70 Batteries RFA. It was under command of 2nd Division and went to France with it in August 1914.
    • 22 Battery left to join 3 Brigade in 28th Division on 4 February 1915
    • On 26 May 1916 one of the other brigades in 2nd Division (44 (Howitzer) Brigade) was broken up and its 56 (Howitzer) Battery, less one section, joined 34 Brigade.
    • On 28 May 1916 the Brigade Ammunition Column left to join 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column.
    • 521 (Howitzer) Battery joined on 16 November 1916 and was renamed as ‘D’ Battery.
    • On 25 January 1917 the brigade left 2nd Division and became an Army Field Artillery Brigade, initially under Fifth Army.
    • On the same date, ‘D’ Battery was broken up with one section going to 47 Battery of 41 Brigade and one to ‘D’ Battery of 36 Brigade, both in 8th Division.
    • Also on that date, ‘A’ Battery joined from 60 Brigade and was renamed as ‘C’ Battery.
    • Also on that date, a section joined 56 (Howitzer) Battery from ‘C’ Battery of 60 Brigade and the brigade was once again provided with its own Ammunition Column.

Links

The Royal Artillery

2nd Division

The Order of Battle of Divisions