RJP: 62 Div: Origins Latest edit 24 Nov 2008
1st West Riding Infantry Brigade – 5th,
6th, 7th & 8th
2nd West Riding Infantry Brigade – 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment.
3rd West Riding Infantry Brigade – 4th & 5th York and Lancaster Regiment together with the 4th and 5th King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
During September 1914 all these battalions were redesignated ‘Service’ battalions and at the same time each battalion raised a ‘Reserve’ battalion bearing the same number. From the reserve battalions was formed the 2nd West Riding Division.
Thus at this stage there were:-
1st West Riding Division – 1/1st W.R. Infantry Brigade – 5th (Service), 6th (Service), 7th (Service) and 8th (Service) battalions, West Yorks;
2nd West Riding Division – 2/1st W.R. Infantry Brigade – 5th (Reserve), 6th (Reserve), 7th (Reserve) and 8th (Reserve) battalions, West Yorks;
and so also with the other brigades.
In February 1915 the designations ‘Service’ and ‘Reserve’ were dropped
and replaced by the prefixes 1/ and 2/ respectively. Thus for example 6th
(Service) Battalion became 1/6th Battalion and 6th
(Reserve) Battalion became 2/6th Battalion. When the 1st West Riding Division
In August 1915 a third West Riding division and its corresponding
brigades and battalions were formed. The 2nd West Riding Division
was then re-designated 62nd (West Riding) Division and its three
brigades became 185th, 186th and 187th
Infantry Brigades respectively. The 3rd West Riding Division never
became an active service division but remained in the
See also: Military organization