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

It is my intension over the coming months and years to aquire the total papers and war diaries of the battalions, brigades and the division, including the divisional units. This will take enormous time and cataloguing via visits to the National Archives in the main. I already have some of the war diaries and relevant WO files in relation to unit diaries and to relevant battles and actions that 21st division fought in. If anyone requires or has questions about specific actions or possibly men then please let me know. If I have the relevant papers I will look for you. If not I will keep you on file until I do.

As I say please appreciate I am probably years away from aquiring all the war diaries and decades from all relevant war related papers, however do not let that stop you asking. If I fail to have the necessery, then a visit to the Great War Forum, if you have not already visited there, will probably avail you of the answer.

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The Webmaster

 

Below is a list of the War Diaries relevant to the 21st Division

21st Division War Diary  

NA cat number File designation Dates covered Acquired
WO 95/2128 Headquarters Branches and Services: General Staff 1915 Sept. - Dec. Yes
WO 95/2129 Headquarters Branches and Services: General Staff 1916 Jan. - Apr. Yes
WO 95/2130 Headquarters Branches and Services: General Staff 1916 May - July Yes
WO 95/2131 Headquarters Branches and Services: General Staff 1916 Aug. - 1917 Mar. Yes
WO 95/2132 Headquarters Branches and Services: General Staff 1917 Apr. - Dec. Yes
WO 95/2133 Headquarters Branches and Services: General Staff 1918 Jan. - Aug. Yes
WO 95/2134 Headquarters Branches and Services: General Staff 1918 Sept. - 1919 Mar. Yes
WO 95/2135 Headquarters Branches and Services: Adjutant and Quarter-Master General 1915 Sept. - 1919 Apr. 9/15 to 9/16
WO 95/2136 Headquarters Branches and Services: Commander Royal Artillery 1915 Sept. - 1916 Dec.  Yes
WO 95/2137 Headquarters Branches and Services: Commander Royal Artillery 1917 Jan. - June   Yes
WO 95/2138 Headquarters Branches and Services: Commander Royal Artillery 1917 July - 1919 Apr.    Yes
WO 95/2139 Headquarters Branches and Services: Commander Royal Artillery 1915 Sept. - 1919 Apr.
WO 95/2140 21 Division

WO 95/2140 Assistant Director Medical Services 1915 Sept. - 1919 Mar.
WO 95/2140 Deputy Assistant Director Ordnance Services 1915 Oct. - 1919 May
WO 95/2140 Assistant Director Veterinary Services 1915 Sept. - 1919 Mar.
WO 95/2141 21 Division

WO 95/2141 Divisional Troops

WO 95/2141 `A' Squadron South Irish Horse 1915 Sept. - 1916 May    Yes
WO 95/2141 Divisional Cyclist Company 1915 Sept. - 1916 Jan.    Yes
WO 95/2141 94 Brigade Royal Field Artillery 1915 Sept. - 1919 Apr.    Yes
WO 95/2142 Divisional Troops: 95 Brigade Royal Field Artillery 1915 Sept. - 1919 Apr.    Yes
WO 95/2143 Divisional Troops

WO 95/2143 96 Brigade Royal Field Artillery 1915 Sept. - 1916 Dec.
WO 95/2143 97 Brigade Royal Field Artillery 1915 Sept. - 1916 Sept.
WO 95/2143 Divisional Trench Mortar Batteries 1916 Mar. - 1918 Dec. Yes
WO 95/2143 Divisional Ammunition Column 1915 Sept. - 1919 Apr. Yes
WO 95/2144 Divisional Troops

WO 95/2144 97 Field Company Royal Engineers 1915 Sept. - 1919 Apr. Yes
WO 95/2144 98 Field Company Royal Engineers 1915 Sept. - 1919 Apr. Yes
WO 95/2144 126 Field Company Royal Engineers 1915 Sept. - 1919 Apr. Yes
WO 95/2145 Divisional Troops

WO 95/2145 Divisional Signal Company 1915 Sept. - 1919 June Yes
WO 95/2145 21 Battalion Machine Gun Corps 1918 Mar. - 1919 Mar. Yes
WO 95/2145 237 Machine Gun Company 1917 July - 1918 Feb. Yes
WO 95/2146 Divisional Troops: 14 Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (Pioneers) 1915 Sept. - 1919 May
WO 95/2147 Divisional Troops

WO 95/2147 63 Field Ambulance 1915 Aug. - 1919 May
WO 95/2147 64 Field Ambulance 1915 Aug. - 1919 May
WO 95/2148 Divisional Troops

WO 95/2148 65 Field Ambulance 1915 Aug. - 1919 June
WO 95/2148 Divisional Field Ambulance Workshop Unit 1915 Oct. - 1916 Mar.
WO 95/2148 38 Sanitary Section 1915 Sept. - 1917 Mar.
WO 95/2148 33 Mobile Veterinary Section 1915 Sept. - 1919 Mar.
WO 95/2149 Divisional Troops

WO 95/2149 Senior Supply Officer 1915 Sept. - 1919 Feb.
WO 95/2149 Divisional Train (182, 183, 184, 185, Companies A.S.C.) 1915 Sept. - 1916 Dec.
WO 95/2150 Divisional Troops: Divisional Train (182, 183, 184, 185, Companies A.S.C.) 1917 Jan. - 1919 May
WO 95/2151 62 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters 1915 Sept. - 1916 Dec. Yes
WO 95/2152 62 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters 1917 Jan. - Dec. Yes
WO 95/2153 62 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters 1918 Jan. - 1919 Apr. Yes
WO 95/2154 62 Infantry Brigade

WO 95/2154 1 Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment 1915 Nov. - 1919 Mar. Yes
WO 95/2154 2 Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment 1918 Feb. - 1919 Mar.
WO 95/2155 62 Infantry Brigade

WO 95/2155 12 Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers 1915 Sept. - 1917 July
WO 95/2155 13 Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers 1915 Sept. - 1917 July
WO 95/2155 12/13 Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers 1917 Aug. - 1919 Apr.
WO 95/2156 62 Infantry Brigade

WO 95/2156 3/4 Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) 1917 May - Dec.
WO 95/2156 10 Battalion Yorkshire Regiment 1915 Sept. - 1918 Feb.
WO 95/2156 Brigade Machine Gun Company 1916 Feb. - 1918 Feb.
WO 95/2157 63 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters 1915 Sept. - 1916 June Yes
WO 95/2158 63 Infantry Brigade

WO 95/2158 8 Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment 1915 Sept. - 1916 July Yes
WO 95/2158 4 Battalion Middlesex Regiment 1915 Nov. - 1916 June Yes
WO 95/2158 8 Battalion Somerset Light Infantry 1915 Sept. - 1916 July Yes
WO 95/2158 10 Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment 1915 Sept. - 1916 July
WO 95/2158 Brigade Machine Gun Company 1916 Mar. - July
WO 95/2159 64 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters 1915 July - 1917 May Yes
WO 95/2160 64 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters 1917 June - 1919 Mar. Yes
WO 95/2161 64 Infantry Brigade

WO 95/2161 15 Battalion Durham Light Infantry 1915 Sept. - 1919 Apr.
WO 95/2161 1 Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment 1915 Dec. - 1919 Apr. Yes
WO 95/2162 64 Infantry Brigade

WO 95/2162 9 Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 1915 Sept. - 1919 Mar. Yes
WO 95/2162 10 Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 1915 Sept. - 1918 Jan. Yes
WO 95/2162 Brigade Machine Gun Company 1916 Jan. - 1918 Jan.
WO 95/2163 110 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters 1916 July - 1919 June
WO 95/2164 110 Infantry Brigade

WO 95/2164 6 Battalion Leicestershire Regiment 1916 July - 1919 Mar.
WO 95/2164 7 Battalion Leicestershire Regiment 1916 July - 1919 Apr.
WO 95/2165 110 Infantry Brigade

WO 95/2165 8 Battalion Leicestershire Regiment 1916 July - 1918 May
WO 95/2165 9 Battalion Leicestershire Regiment 1916 July - 1918 Feb.
WO 95/2165 1 Battalion Wiltshire Regiment 1918 July - 1919 May
WO 95/2165 Brigade Machine Gun Company 1916 July - 1918 Feb.
WO 95/2165 Brigade Trench Mortar Battery 1916 Aug. -








 

Example of a Trench Raid

Extract of a trench raid carried out by 62nd brigade, whilst 21st division was under command of VII Corps at the end of July 1917. It shows the preperation that went into it and the after action reports pointedly demonstrate how the different units combined to over come an unexpected German preseance as the raiding party advanced across no mans land. It shows that trench riads were in many respects well prepared affairs, involving different arms of the brigade, rather than a small forlorn recce out in to no mans land.

WO 95/2152