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317th Brigade R.F.A (Royal Field Artillery) History


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I'm looking for all information on the 317th Bde Royal Field Artillery from 1916 to 1919. Photos, names, OC Officers, lists etc.
This unit fought in Belgium in my village of Quievrain, passing through France and Pas-de-Calais. Thank you all in advance!
Pictures of Henry Cecil Allen, Arthur Leonard SMITH..  M Crofton (Officiers Lt, Capt and Active Major or Luit Col)


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Here is the page in the LLT which describes the brigade: http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-royal-artillery-in-the-first-world-war/royal-field-artillery-brigades/. You need to scroll down to 'CCCXVII'.

Here is some previous correspondence on the Forum: 

You'll note that the War Diary for the brigade is: WO 95/3102 317 Brigade Royal Field Artillery 1916 July - 1919 Mar. It's available as a download from the National Archives for a £3.50 charge: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C7355439To read this WD on Ancestry: click here. You may find lists of names in there.



In addition, it's worth searching the Imperial War Museum (IWM) online files for photographs of individuals (try different name combinations): https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections

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The 317th Brigade was a 2nd line Territorial Force unit.


The Brigades origins are the 3rd Northumbrian Brigade RFA who's headquarters were in Seaham on the coast of County Durham. The 2nd line Territorials were formed at the beginning of the war for home defence purposes when the first line units went overseas. The brigade was designated 2/3 Northumbrian Brigade RFA being part of the 2/Northumbrian Divisional Artillery. They were re-designated 317th Brigade RFA when the TF Royal Field Artillery changed from titles to numbers in May 1916.


The 2nd line Northumbrian Brigades were sent to France on July 2nd 1916 to join the 63rd Royal Naval Division, who did not have a designated divisional artillery. The 317th Brigade remained in support of the 63 RND until the end of the war.


The Long Trail has an outline of the RND:



Information on the 2/3 Northumbrian Brigade with their deployments can be found on the Wikipedia page for 2nd (Seaham) Durham Artillery Volunteer Corps



Hopes this helps.






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Hello, thank you for this information. I bought this document in 2018. On reading it, I am sure that the 317th Bde RFA fought in my village. Reason why I am looking for photographs, names, etc...


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