British 33rd Division
The British 33rd Division was a New Army
Kitchener's Army
The New Army, often referred to as Kitchener's Army or, disparagingly, Kitchener's Mob, was an all-volunteer army formed in the United Kingdom following the outbreak of hostilities in the First World War...

Division (military)
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 formed in 1914 as the 40th Division in the K5 Army group then renumbered in April 1915 as part of the new K4 Army Group.

A 33rd Division had been formed as part of the reserve K4 Army in October 1914 but was dissolved in April 1915 at which point the 40th division of the K5 Army became the 33rd of the K4.

The division landed in France
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 in November 1915 and spent the duration of the First World War
World War I
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 in action on the Western Front
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The division's insignia was the "double-three" from a set of dominoes
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98th Brigade :

The brigade originally comprised four battalions of the Royal Fusiliers.
  • 18th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (to 19 Bde November 1915)
  • 19th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
  • 20th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (to 19 Bde November 1915)
  • 21st (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers

From February 1916, the brigade comprised the following battalions:
  • 4th (Extra Reserve) Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment)
  • 1/4th Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment (until February 1918)
  • 1st Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment (from 19 Bde November 1915)
  • 2nd Battalion
    2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
    The 2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were formed in 1881 when the 91st Regiment of Foot was amalgamated with the 93rd Regiment of Foot to form the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.-Early history:...

    , Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (from 19 Bde November 1915)

99th Brigade :

The brigade transferred to the 2nd Division in November 1915, swapping with the 19th Brigade.
  • 17th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
  • 22nd (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
  • 23rd (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
  • 24th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers

100th Brigade :
  • 16th (Service) Battalion (Public Schools
    Public Schools Battalion
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    ), The Middlesex Regiment (until February 1916)
  • 16th (Service) Battalion (Church Lads Brigade), King's Royal Rifle Corps
    King's Royal Rifle Corps
    The King's Royal Rifle Corps was a British Army infantry regiment, originally raised in colonial North America as the Royal Americans, and recruited from American colonists. Later ranked as the 60th Regiment of Foot, the regiment served for more than 200 years throughout the British Empire...

  • 1st Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) (to 19 Bde February 1918)
  • 2nd Battalion, The Worcestershire Regiment
  • 1/9th Battalion (Glasgow Highlanders
    Glasgow Highlanders
    The Glasgow Highlanders was a former Territorial Army regiment in the British Army, it eventually became part of The Highland Light Infantry regiment in 1881, which later became The Royal Highland Fusiliers in 1959...

    ), Highland Light Infantry
    Highland Light Infantry
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     (from May 1916)

19th Brigade :

The brigade joined from the 2nd Division in November 1915, swapping with the 99th Brigade.
  • 18th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (from 98 Bde November 1915 until February 1916)
  • 20th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (from 98 Bde November 1915 disbanded February 1918)
  • 2nd Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers (to 115 Bde 38th Division
    British 38th (Welsh) Division
    The 38th Infantry Division was a British Army division. A 38th Division was in existence in both the First and Second World Wars, but not between the wars and there is no direct link between the two formations....

     February 1918
  • 1st Battalion, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
    The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
    The Cameronians was an infantry regiment of the British Army, the only regiment of rifles amongst the Scottish regiments of infantry...

  • 1/5th Battalion, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) (merged with 1/6th Battalion in May 1916 becoming 5th/6th Battalion)
  • 1st Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) (from 100 Bde February 1918)


  • Battle of the Somme (1916)
    Battle of the Somme (1916)
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    • Battle of Bazentin Ridge
      Battle of Bazentin Ridge
      The Battle of Bazentin Ridge, launched by the British Fourth Army at dawn on 14 July 1916, marked the start of the second phase of the Battle of the Somme. Dismissed beforehand by one French commander as "an attack organized for amateurs by amateurs", it turned out to be "hugely successful" for...

       and High Wood
      High Wood
      High Wood is a small forest near Bazentin le Petit in the Somme département of northern France which was the scene of intense fighting for two months from 14 July to 15 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.-Background:...

  • Battle of Arras
    Battle of Arras (1917)
    The Battle of Arras was a British offensive during the First World War. From 9 April to 16 May 1917, British, Canadian, New Zealand, Newfoundland, and Australian troops attacked German trenches near the French city of Arras on the Western Front....

  • Third Battle of Ypres

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