The British V Corps in France and Flanders

V Corps was formed in England on 8 January 1915 and the headquarters arrived at Le Havre in France two days later

Headquarters locations

  • 13 January 1915: Hazebrouck
  • 4 February 1915: Poperinghe
  • 26 April 1915: Abeele
  • 4 April 1916: Bailleul
  • 11 August 1916: Marieux
  • 2 October 1916: Acheux
  • 29 November 1916: Doullens
  • 12 January 1917: Acheux
  • 2 April 1917: Bihucourt
  • 7 July 1917: Duisans
  • 16 July 1917: Givenchy chateau (near Eperlecques)
  • 7 September 1917: Ten Elms camp (near Poperinghe)
  • 28 October 1917: Esquelbecq chateau
  • 10 October 1917: Lillers
  • 12 October 1917: Camblain l’Abbaye
  • 14 November 1917: Querrieu
  • 20 November 1917: Grévillers
  • 1 December 1917: Villers-au-Flos
  • 22 March 1918: hutted camp on Méaulte – Etinehem road
  • 24 March 1918: Toutencourt
  • 26 March 1918: Talmas
  • 27 March 1918: Naours
  • 26 August 1918: Senlis (Somme)
  • 24 September 1918: Hennois wood, Manancourt
  • 12 October 1918: Selvigny
  • 6 November 1918: Poix-du-Nord
  • 10 December 1918: Vignacourt (until V Corps ceased to exist 31 March 1919)

Commanding Officers

Lieutenant-General Sir Herbert Herbert Charles Onslow Plumer (to command Second Army, 8 May 1915)
8 May 1915: Lieutenant-General Sir Edmund Henry Hynman Allenby (to command Third Army, 23 October 1915)
23 October 1915: Lieutenant-General Sir Hew Dalrymple Fanshawe (from Cavalry Corps; sacked, 5 July 1916)
5 July 1916: Lieutenant-General Sir Edward Arthur Fanshawe (HDF’s brother) (sacked, 28 April 1918)
28 April 1918: Lieutenant-General Sir Cameron Deane Shute

A 1918 half length portrait of Shute, in oil by Ambrose McEvoy. In the collection of the Imperial War Museum (ART1340), with thanks.

Battles and Engagements

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

Second Army

The Action of St. Eloi (14-15 March 1915)

The Second Battles of Ypres, 1915:

The Battle of Gravenstafel (22-23 April 1915)

The Battle of St. Julien (24 April – 4 May 1915)

The Battle of Frezenberg (8-13 May 1915)

The Battle of Bellewaarde (24-25 May 1915)

Second Army

The First Attack on Bellewaarde (16 June 1915)

The Actions of Hooge (19 and 30 July and 9 August 1915)

The Second Attack on Bellewaarde (25-26 September 1915)

Local operations of spring, 1916:

The Actions of the Bluff (14-15 February and 2 March 1916)

The Actions of St. Eloi craters (27 March – 16 April 1916)

Reserve Army

The Battles of the Somme, 1916:

The Battle of Thiepval (26-28 September 1916)

The Battle of the Ancre Heights (1 October – 11 November 1916)

Fifth Army

The Battle of the Ancre (13-18 November 1916)

Operations on the Ancre (11 January – 13 March 1917)

The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line (14 March – 5 April 1917)

Flanking operations round Bullecourt:

The First Attack on Bullecourt (11 April 1917)

The German attack on Lagnicourt (15 April 1917)

The Battle of Bullecourt (3-17 May 1917)

Actions on the Hindenburg Line (20 May – 16 June 1917) (V Corps entered area 31 May)

Fifth Army

The Third Battles of Ypres, 1917:

The Battle of the Menin Road (20-25 September 1917)

The Battle of Polygon Wood (26 September – 3 October 1917)

Third Army

The Battle of Cambrai, 1917:

The German counter-attacks (30 November – 3 December 1917)

The action of Welsh Ridge (30 December 1917)

Third Army

The First Battles of the Somme, 1918:

The Battle of St. Quentin (21-23 March 1918)

The First Battle of Bapaume (24-25  March 1918)

The First Battle of Arras, 1918 (28 March 1918)

The Battle of the Ancre, 1918 (5 April 1918)

The Second Battles of the Somme, 1918:

The Battle of Albert (21-23 August 1918)

The Second Battle of Bapaume (31 August – 3 September 1918)

The Battles of the Hindenburg Line:

The Battle of Havrincourt (12 September 1918)

The Battle of Épehy (18 September 1918)

The Battle of the St. Quentin Canal (29 September – 2 October 1918)

The Battle of Beaurevoir (3-5 October 1918)

The Battle of Cambrai, 1918 (8-9 October 1918)

Third Army

The pursuit to the Selle (9-12 October 1918)

The final advance in Picardy:

The Battle of the Selle (17-25 October 1918)

The Battle of the Sambre (4 November 1918)

Links

The British Corps headquarters in France and Flanders