55th (West Lancs:) Divisional Artillery Appendix II


Appendix II

Copy No 14


55th (West Lancs:) Divisional Artillery

Order No 9



Ref Maps 1/20,000 sheet 51c S.E.

1/100,000 sheet 11 LENS


  1. In accordance with instructions from 7th Corps, the 4th North Midland F.A. Bde (How) will be withdrawn from the 55th Division, and will march to FREVENTto rejoin the 46th Division
  2. B/85th Battery (from 4th West Lancs How Bde R.F.A.) will replace it in the Left Group and will take over the positions occupied by the 1st and 2nd Derby Batteries as follows:-

On the night 5/6th March

One section B/85th Battery will relieve Right section 2nd Derby Battery at R9a9.3.

One section B/85th Battery will relieve Left Section 1st Derby Battery at R9b5.5.

Sections of 1st and 2nd Derby Batteries will on relief move to wagon lines.

On 6th March at 7 p.m. remaining sections 1st and 2nd Derby Batteries will vacate their positions and move to wagon lines.

No movement of vehicles from wagon lines at MONCHIET will be made before 5.45 p.m. on each night.

  1. O.C. B/85th Battery will take over command of his sections at new positions at 7 p.m. on 6th February (March) under the direct tactical control of the Left Group Commander.
  2. O.C. 4th North Midland (How) F.A. Bde will leave all telephone communications as they stand. The Left Group Commander will arrange for direct communication from B/85th Battery to Left Group H.Q.
  3. at and from 7 p.m. 6th March B/85th Battery will be under O.C. 14th Bde R.F.A. for administration and discipline. Section 85th Bde Ammn Column will be attached to 14th Bde Ammn Column at and from the same hour.
  4. On March 7th 4th North Midland (How) F.A. Bde will march under Brigade arrangements to new area. Route and destination will be notified later. Detachment 46th Div Ammn Column (attached 55th D.A.C.) will accompany it.


  1. Benson

Major R.A.

Brigade Major

55th Divisional Arty.



Issued at 8.30 p.m.

Copy no    1.  Right Group Comdr. 1st W.L. F.A. Bde.

  1. Centre Group Comdr 2nd W.L. F.A. Bde.
  2. Left Group Comdr 3rd W.L. F.A. Bde.
  3. 4th W.L. (How) F.A. Bde.
  4. 4th N. M. F.A. Bde.
  5. 14th Bde. R.F.A.
  6. 55th Div. Amm. Col.
  7. 55th Div (G)
  8. 7th Corps Artillery
  9. Staff Captain
  10. File
  11. Signals
  12. War Diary.
  13. War Diary.
  14. 164th Inf Bde.
  15. 165th Inf Bde.
  16. 166th Inf Bde.




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