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CRA 37 Division 1915-1918


sheldrake

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Who was the CRA of 37 Division between 1915 and 1918?  Mark Severn's The Gambardier is a memoir by Franklyn Lushington with the names changed.  His service record shows that he was ADC to CRA 37 Division.  There were two.  The first was replaced after a clash of personality with the CCRA was Stephen Lushington, who reappeared as CRA 41st Division.(Were the Lushington's related?) Farndale has  E Potts as CRA 37 Div in November 1918 - but he had been CRA of 36 Div for most of the war.  Who was the CRA between Lushington and Potts? This is the man described in the Gambardier?  

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Becke's Order of Battle of Divisions has Lushington from 16 April 1915, then Potts from 17 Sept 1915 until the end of the war. No other CRAs of 37 Division are listed, though short-term appointments (of even a few days) are normally shown. Becke was a Gunner himself so while it could be a mistake by him, I rather doubt it. Also, he does not list Potts as one of the CRAs of 36 Division at all.

 

Ron

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17 hours ago, Ron Clifton said:

Becke's Order of Battle of Divisions has Lushington from 16 April 1915, then Potts from 17 Sept 1915 until the end of the war. No other CRAs of 37 Division are listed, though short-term appointments (of even a few days) are normally shown. Becke was a Gunner himself so while it could be a mistake by him, I rather doubt it. Also, he does not list Potts as one of the CRAs of 36 Division at all.

 

Ron

Many thanks. 

 

Becke may not have made mistakes, but Martin Farndale's Western  Front is full of them. I checked the index but did not cross reference with each entry as the index has Potts as CRA 36 on  three pages. On P197 where his lists him as CRA 36 Div in the 3rd Ypres orbat p 302 where his identified as CRA 37 Div at Cambrai (but on p303 not p302) and P319 where he is identified as CRA of 37 Div at Le Quesnoy.

 

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