Battery Tour of Duty

In May 1916 the 2nd North Midland Brigade RFA became 231 Brigade RFA under a reorganisation, with the 3rd (Leek) Battery becoming ‘C’ Battery.

The 1st and 2nd Batteries, both based in Stoke, became ‘A’ and ‘B’ Batteries respectively.

231 Brigade RFA was still part of the Divisional Artillery of the 46th (North Midland) Division.

Operations the battery participated in:-

1915
Messines Ridge
Ypres Salient:-
Hooge
Hooge Liquid Fire Attack
Hill 60
Loos:-
Hollernzollern Redoubt
Armentieres Sector
1916
Arras Sector:-
Pommier Wailly
Battle of Albert (Somme):-
Gommecourt
1917
Operations on the Ancre
Occupation of the Gommecourt Defences
Attack of Bettemoy Greben
German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line
Attack on Lieven and Lens
Hill 70
1918
German Lys Offensive:-
Battle of Bethune
Advance in Flanders
Battles of the Hindenburg Line:-
Epehy
St Quentin Canal
Ramicourt
Montbrehain
Battle of the Selle
Battle of the Sambre-Ouise Canal

The names of the Battles around the top of the memorial (Hooge, Loos, Ypres, Somme, Bellenglise, Ramicourt, Bohain, Lens and Gommecourt) are those of the major engagements of the 46th (North Midland) Division and hence where the Old Leek Battery saw action whilst serving with the Division.

From the book “Over There” by JE Bloor (of the Leek Battery) and JH Sherratt and using the military maps contained in the book, we have plotted the exact locations (to within about 50 yards) of the Battery throughout the war. You can scroll and zoom on this page or open up in Google Maps.


View Old Leek Battery Positions 1915 – 1918 in a larger map