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80th Inf Bde - Bde Major - Who was he in Nov 1915?


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Hello - quick question..........Looooong shot...

I was in the National Army Museum today looking at the Army lists (no my specialist area if the truth be known). The Army List for July 1915 very conveniently has a list of all Divisions and Bdes with key staff but it does not contain the 27th Div or the 80th inf Bde. ....I looked at a few other months and the nice lists of Divs and Bdes disappears and turns into a list of General Staff Officers....... Maybe I am not looking properly but can anyone help? If anyone has an Army list with the 27th Div and the 80th Inf Bde , can you tell me who was the Bde Major in Nov 1915 when they left for Salonika? Brig James British regiments records the 4th KRRC (part of 80th Bde) arriving on 25th Nov but the respected Long Long trail says the Div did not arrive for a few months....

I have a hunch the Bde Major was a Major Hugh Wharton Myddleton Watson 4th KRRC but I am not sure.....

Thanks...

MG

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Major Hugh Wharton Myddleton Watson took over as Brigade Major of 158 Infantry Brigade (53rd Welsh Division) at Suvla on December 12th 1915, so I don't think he can be your man. He'd previously been ADC to GOC 5th Division.

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Major Hugh Wharton Myddleton Watson took over as Brigade Major of 158 Infantry Brigade (53rd Wesh Division) at Suvla on December 12th 1915

A bit of a Non sequitur I know - but what a splendid name. With today's Waynes Shanes etc etc will we see the like again? Now please continue

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Hi Martin

According to the Order of Battle of Divisions the man in command of 80th Brigade from 25th March 1915 to 1st July 1916 was Br.-Gen. W. E. B. Smith.

Also according to Order of Battle of Divisions, the 27th Division started to move to Macedonian Front on 10th Nov. 1915; but it was not until the 13th Feb. 1916, that the last of the Division disembarked at Salonika. 2nd K.S.L.I. of the 80th Brigade landed there on 4th Dec. 1915, I guess there were not enough ships to spare to take the Division as an whole but took it piece meal over several months.

Annette

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