55th (West Lancs:) Divisional Artillery 55th (West Lancs:) Divisional Artillery


Appendix IX

Copy No 11


55th (West Lancs:) Divisional Artillery

Order No 15


March 27th 1916

Ref Map 1/20,000

Sheet 51c. S.E. & 1/100,000 sheet LENS


  1. The 68th and 88th Batteries R.F.A. are to be relieved by two 4 gun batteries – A Battery 123rd Brigade R.F.A. and D Battery 124th Brigade R.F.A. respectively, from 37th Division.
  2. This relief will be carried out by sections on the nights of 29/30 and 30/31st March as follows:- Centre and Left sections 68th Battery will be relieved by sections A/123rd Battery.       Right and Centre sections 88th Battery by sections D/124th.       Remaining sections 68th and 88th Batteries will vacate their positions on night 30/31st. No movement of vehicles to take place E. of BEAUMETZ before 6.45 p.m. each night.
  3. Sections 14th B.A.C. at SOMBRIN is to be relieved by section 123rd B.A.C. on March 31st.       Section 4th D.A.C. attached 55th D.A.C. at COULLEMONT is to be relieved by section 37th D.A.C. on same date. 4th Div. Amm. Echelons will be responsible for supply of ammunition up to 11 a.m. 31st March at which hour 37th Div Amm. Echelons will take over.
  4. Wagon lines 68th and 88th Batteries at BAVINCOURT will be taken over by relieving batteries.
  5. Sections of batteries and B.A.C. 14th Bde R.F.A. will as relieved, march to billets at GROUCHES to rejoin 4th Division under Brigade arrangements. H** 14th Bde R.F.A. will march to GROUCHES on completion of relief. Section 4th D.A.C. attached 55th D.A.C. will on relief rejoin 4th D.A.C. at GAUDIEMPRE under arrangements to be made by O.C. 55th D.A.C.
  6. all communications will be left intact, and trench maps etc handed over to relieving batteries.
  7. All further details of relief to be arranged direct between Brigades and Batteries concerned.


  1. Benson

Major R.A.

Brigade Major

55th Divisional Arty.



Issued at 11.45 a.m.

Copy no    1.  Right Group.

  1. Centre Group.
  2. Left Group.
  3. 55th D.A.C.
  4. 55th Div (G).
  5. 55th Div (G).
  6. 4th Div Arty.
  7. 37th Div Arty.
  8. Staff Captain
  9. 14th Bde R.F.A.
  10. & 12 War Diary.
  11. File
  12. 165th Inf Bde.
  13. 7th Corps Artillery
  14. Signals
  15. 14th Div Arty