II Anzac Corps in France and Flanders

II Anzac Corps began to form at Ismailia in Egypt on 14 February 1916. On 28 March its headquarters was exchanged with that of I Anzac. It departed from Alexandria for Marseilles on 7 June 1916.

On 31 December 1917 it ceased to exist and on 1 January 1918 what had been II Anzac became XXII Corps.

Headquarters locations

  • 16 June 1916: Hazebrouck
  • 20 June 1916: Bailleul
  • 3 July 1916: Chateau de la La Motte-aux-Bois
  • 19 July 1916: advanced HQ established at Fort Rompu (to 12 September)
  • 12 September 1916: Bailleul
  • 14 July 1917: Flêtre
  • 2 September 1917: Lumbres
  • 28 September 1917: Ten Elms Camp near Poperinge
  • 18 October 1917: Hazebrouck
  • 15 November 1917: Abeele

Commanding Officers

Lieutenant-General Sir William Riddell Birdwood (left with HQ for I Anzac, 28 March 1916)
Lieutenant-General Sir Alexander John Godley (arrived with headquarters from I Anzac, 28 March 1916, and served throughout thereafter)

Australian War Memorial photograph P03717.003, with thanks. Alexander Godley commanded the corps through virtually all of its existence.

Battles and Engagements

The Battles Nomenclature Committee of 1921 defined II Anzac Corps as participating in the following:

Second Army

The Battle of Messines (7-14 June 1917)

The Third Battles of Ypres:

The Battle of Broodseinde (4 October 1917)

The Battle of Poelcapelle (9 October 1917)

The First Battle of Passchendaele (12 October 1917)

Links

The British Corps headquarters in France and Flanders

I Anzac Corps

XXII Corps