21st Division 1914-18...a divisional history

The Battle of St Quentin

First phase of the First Battles of the Somme 1918

The First Battle of Bapaume

Second phase of the First Battles of the Somme 1918

The Battle of Messines, 1918

Second phase of the Battles of the Lys (62nd Brigade)

The Second Battle of Kemmel

Seventh phase of the Battles of the Lys

The Battle of the Aisne 1918

The Battle of Bapaume

Second phase of the Second Battles of the Somme 1918

The Battle of Epehy

Second phase of the Battles of the Hindenburg Line

The Battle of the St Quentin Canal

Fourth phase of the Battles of the Hindenburg Line

The Battle of Cambrai 1918

Sixth phase of the Battles of the Hindenburg Line

The Battle of the Selle

Demobilisation

On 5th November with the capture of Berlaimont the division advanced a further two days before being relieved in the line at Eclaibes. It was to be the last active service for the division in the war.  In December they moved back to the Somme. Here they conducted some training and also enjoyed rest and education. In January 1919 they began a week by week draft of men returning home.

The division had lost 55,581 killed, wounded and missing. They gained a reputation of one of the finest divisions of the BEF and had seen action in almost all the main battles of the war on the Western Front.

   

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