Units

Infantry Battalions

1st Battalion

At half strength at the outbreak of war. Based at Armoury House, Finsbury, London EC.
Brought up to full strength.
Attached to 1st London Division.

12th Sept 1914 – Training at Belhus Park, Aveley, Essex.
18th Sept 1914 – Left England
20th Sept 1914 – Arrived at St Nazaire France
10th Nov 1914 – To 8th Brigade, 3rd Division
9th Dec 1914 – To 7th Brigade, 3rd Division
14th Oct 1915 – To GHQ Troops
26th Sept 1918 – to 4th Guards Brigade, Cavalry Corps
25th Oct 1918 – To GHQ Troops

On 11th November 1918 the 1st Battalion was at Ecuire, south of Montreuil, France.

 

2nd Battalion

Formed at Finsbury on 2nd September 1914.

2nd Sept 1914 – Belhus Park, Aveley, Essex.
Nov 1914 – To Blackheath
Feb 1915 – To Tower of London
Aug 1915 – To Richmond Park
Nov 1915 – To billets in Wimbledon
Jan 1916 – To Orpington, Kent
July 1916 – To Tadworth, Surrey
Sept 1916 – To Tower of London
1st Oct 1916 – Left England
3rd Oct 1916 – Landed at Havre, France
3rd Oct 1916 – To 22nd Brigade, 7th Division at Steenwerck
20th Nov 1917 – Entrained for Italy
25th Nov 1917 – Arrived at Legnago
4th Nov 1918 – To 22nd Brigade, 7th Division – Italy, west of Udine

 

3rd Battalion

Formed at Walton-on-Thames in December 1914. Did not leave England.

May 1915 – Richmond Park
Nov 1915 – In billets at Richmond
Mar 1916 – Blackheath
8th April 1916 – became 1st Reserve Battalion
May 1916 – Richmond Park
1st Sept 1916 – in 1st London Reserve Brigade, Territorial Force
Oct 1916 – Tower of London

 

Horse Artillery Batteries

A (1st City of London Horse Artillery) Battery

Existed at the outbreak of the war although not at full strength.

12th Aug 1914 – Marched out of Headquarters (Armoury House) and moved to camp on Hounslow Heath
29th Aug 1914 – Ordered to move to the Churn area
31st Aug 1914 – Halted near Streatley, ten miles from Churn
Mid Oct 1914 – Moved to North Stoke, small village near Wallingford
End Nov 1914 – Moved to winter quarters in Mundesley but insufficient billets – moved to North Walsham – back to Mundesley
8th Apr 1915 – Entrained at Mundesley for Avonmouth
9th Apr 1915 – Boarded the troopship Karoa in Avonmouth
10th Apr 1915 – Set sail – called in at Malta
21st Apr 1915 – Arrived in Alexandria, Egypt
22nd Apr 1915 – Disembarkation completed – moved to temporary camp at Chatby, a suburb of Alexandria
30th Apr 1915 – Entrained for move to Kantara (not ammunition column)
1st May 1915 – Arrived at Kantara at dawn
31st Oct 1915 – Ammunition column rejoined Battery
12th Dec 1915 – Entrained for Mena Camp, near Cairo
20th Dec 1915 – Entrained for Alexandria en route for Mersa Matruh
13th Jan 1916 – Marched to Baggush then south to Sidii Haroun
Battery sections divided – one section moved back to Matruh, the other ordered back to Dabaa, 80 miles E of Matruh
22nd Jan 1916 – Reconnaissance from Matruh westwards towards Bir Shola
23rd Jan 1916 – Engaged with the enemy – Senussi infantry
17th Feb 1916 – Troops from Dabaa moved to Matruh – Battery sections reunited
11th Feb 1916 – Draft of 100 men arrived
27th Feb 1916 – Left Matruh to trek overland to Alexandria
6th Mar 1916 – Arrived at Alexandria
24th Mar 1916 – Entrained for Suez
6th Apr 1916 – Moved to Ayun Musa, about a mile from the east bank of the Gulf of Suez
17th Nov 1916 – Trekked to Kubri with intention of moving on to Kantara but later order cancelled so remained at Kubri
9th Jan 1917 – Moved to Suez camp
Early Feb 1917 – Entrained for Ismailia – proceeded to camp at Ferry Post, about 3 miles N.E. of Ismailia on the E of the Suez canal
End Feb 1917 – Marched to Hill 40, about 5 miles E. of Kantara
3rd Mar 1917 – Left Kantara and began 150 mile trek across the Sinai desert
4th Mar 1917 – Reached Gilban – saw tanks practising in the desert
12th Mar 1917 – Rest day at El Arish
14th Mar 1917 – Reached Sheikh Zowaiid – joined up with B Battery – 1 week rest allowed
21st Mar 1917 – Moved to Rafa with B Battery, on the frontier of Palestine
23rd Mar 1917 – Big demonstration again Gaza – batteries went as far as village of Khan Yunus, Palestine, returning to Rafa at night
24th Mar 1917 – Marched to Khan Yunus, Palestine
25th Mar 1917 – Continued north to village of Dier el Belah, 8 miles S. of Gaza

1914-1915 – In the UK – 2nd Brigade RHA TF with B Battery and the Berkshire and Nottinghamshire Batteries
10th April 1915 – Left England for Egypt – 1st Brigade RHA TF (with B Battery)
Served in the Middle East until 1918.

B (2nd City of London Horse Artillery) Battery

Existed at the outbreak of the war.

1914-1915 – In the UK – 2nd Brigade RHA TF with B Battery and the Berkshire and Nottinghamshire Batteries
10th April 1915 – Left England for Egypt – 1st Brigade RHA TF (with B Battery)
Served in the Middle East until 1918. – Left England on 10th April 1915

2/A Battery – Left England on 21st June 1917

2/B Battery – Left England on 21st June 1917

Reserve Batteries

 

309th (Honourable Artillery Company) Siege Battery RGA