42nd Division, UK

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This page is about the Territorial division originally known as the East Lancashire Division and numbered 42nd from May 1915. For the New Army division numbered 42nd from December 1914 to April 1915, see 35th Division, UK.

This page was initially automatically created using data from series WO 95 (official war diaries) in the UK National Archives Discovery catalogue. It is not guaranteed to be complete or accurate. You can edit this page to make it more useful. Please help to improve the page by adding or correcting facts, and citing reliable sources.



42nd Division, UK
Years active: 1/4/1908–unknown
Country: United Kingdom
Service: British Army
Branch: Territorial Force
Type: Formation
Specific type: Infantry division
Full size: 19,000
Created: 1/4/1908. 
Name1: East Lancashire Division
Name1 Start: 1/4/1908
Name1 End: 26/5/1915[1]
Reason for change: Renaming of territorial divisions.
Name2: 42nd (East Lancashire) Division
Name2 Start: 26/5/1915
Name2 End: unknown
Alternate names:
Disbanded: unknown. 
For more information on what infobox fields mean, see documentation at military unit, command structure and theatre of war.
Command structure
Relationship type: Tactical
Subordinate unit: 125th Infantry Brigade, UK
Subordinate level: Brigade
Start date: 01/05/1915
End date: 30/04/1919
Command structure
Relationship type: Tactical
Subordinate unit: 126th Infantry Brigade, UK
Subordinate level: Brigade
Start date: 01/04/1915
End date: 30/04/1919
Command structure
Relationship type: Tactical
Subordinate unit: 127th Infantry Brigade, UK
Subordinate level: Brigade
Start date: 01/05/1915
End date: 31/03/1919
Command structure
Relationship type: Tactical
Subordinate unit: Divisional Mounted Troops, 42nd Division, UK
Subordinate level: Brigade
Start date: unknown
End date: unknown
Command structure
Relationship type: Tactical
Subordinate unit: Divisional Artillery, 42nd Division, UK
Subordinate level: Brigade
Start date: unknown
End date: unknown
Command structure
Relationship type: Tactical
Subordinate unit: Divisional Engineers and Pioneers, 42nd Division, UK
Subordinate level: Brigade
Start date: unknown
End date: unknown
Command structure
Relationship type: Tactical
Subordinate unit: Divisional Machine Gun Units, 42nd Division, UK
Subordinate level: Brigade
Start date: unknown
End date: unknown
Command structure
Relationship type: Tactical
Subordinate unit: Divisional Medical Services, 42nd Division, UK
Subordinate level: Brigade
Start date: unknown
End date: unknown
Command structure
Relationship type: Tactical
Subordinate unit: Divisional Veterinary Services, 42nd Division, UK
Subordinate level: Brigade
Start date: unknown
End date: unknown
Command structure
Relationship type: Tactical
Subordinate unit: Divisional Supply and Transport, 42nd Division, UK
Subordinate level: Brigade
Start date: unknown
End date: unknown
Command structure
Relationship type: Tactical
Parent unit: IV Corps, UK
Parent level: Corps
Start date:
End date:
Command structure
Relationship type: Tactical
Parent unit: VI Corps, UK
Parent level: Corps
Start date:
End date:
Command structure
Relationship type: Tactical
Parent unit: XV Corps (Western Front), UK
Parent level: Corps
Start date:
End date:
Theatre of war
Theatre name: Egypt, Palestine and Syria
Date entered: 01/08/1914
Date left: 28/02/1917
Theatre of war
Theatre name: Gallipoli
Date entered: 01/04/1915
Date left: 31/12/1915
Theatre of war
Theatre name: France, Belgium and Germany
Date entered: 01/03/1917
Date left: 30/04/1919


Personal narratives[edit]

Related media[edit]

Official sources[edit]

Unit war diaries[edit]

  • The National Archives of the UK (TNA): WO 95/4313-4316 (unknown date–unknown date)
  • The National Archives of the UK (TNA): WO 95/4591-4596 (unknown date–unknown date)
  • The National Archives of the UK (TNA): WO 95/2645-2661 (unknown date–unknown date)

Unit histories[edit]

  • Becke, Archibald Frank. (1936). Order of Battle of Divisions, Part 2A: The Territorial Force Mounted Divisions and the 1st-Line Territorial Force Divisions (42-56). History of the Great War Based on Official Documents. London: HMSO. pp. 35–41. 
  • Gibbon, Frederick P. (1920). 42nd East Lancashire Division 1914-1918. Country Life. 

Other official documents[edit]

Other sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Becke, Archibald Frank. (1936). Order of Battle of Divisions, Part 2A: The Territorial Force Mounted Divisions and the 1st-Line Territorial Force Divisions (42-56). History of the Great War Based on Official Documents. London: HMSO. 
This page contains data imported from the UK National Archives Discovery catalogue, licensed under Open Government Licence v2.0.