GOC - (Temp.) Brig. Gen. Granville George Loch CMG DSO CBE
(Temp.) Brig. Gen. Granville George Loch CMG was appointed to his new rank on the 8th February 1916 when he took command of the 168th Brigade. Forty-five years old, Loch, the son of Gen F A E Loch CB of the Bombay Staff Corps, had spent his career in the Royal Scots having joined the regiment in 1890. After eighteen years he had reached the rank of Major and, on the outbreak of war, he was given command of the 12th Royal Scots (Service) Battalion, (Lothian Regiment) formed in Edinburgh in September 1914. The battalion was attached to the 27th Brigade, 9th Scottish Division and arrived in France in mid-1915 after which they saw action at the Battle of Loos in September 1915.
Brig Gen Loch commanded the 168th Brigade until it was demobilised. Mentioned in Despatches, he was also awarded the CMG in 1916 and DSO in 1918. In 1920 he went to Waziristan where he was again Mentioned in Despatches and later awarded the CBE. Between 1922 and 1926 he commanded 1st Indian Brigade and, after promotion to Major General, was appointed Inspector General of the Iraq Army until his retirement in 1930. Colonel of the Royal Scots between 1935-40 he died in 1950 aged 80.
|1/4th London Regt (Lt Col L L Wheatley)|
|1860 2nd Tower Hamlets Rifle
1867 amalgamated with the 4th Tower Hamlets Rifle Volunteer Corps to form 1st Tower Hamlets Rifle Volunteer Corps, a battalion of seven companies located at Hackney, Dalston, Bow, Poplar, Limehouse and Clapton. Later called The Tower Hamlets Rifle Volunteer Brigade
1904 Assigned to The Royal Fusiliers
1908 On formation of the Territorial Force became the 4th City of London Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), The County of London Regiment (Territorial Force).
1914 The 1/4th (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), the County of London Regiment (Territorial Force) was mobilised at 112 Shaftesbury Street, London on 4 Aug 1914.
Arrived in France January 1915 from Malta, then G.H.Q. troops then:
Ferozepore Brigade, Lahore Division (Feb 19th) and 140th Brigade, 47th Division (Nov 15th)
1/12th London Regt (The Rangers) (Col A D Bayliffe CMG, TD)
|1859 40th Middlesex Rifle
Volunteers (Central London Rifle Rangers) raised at Gray's
1860-1861 formed part of 3rd Administrative Battalion with 39th Corps
1880 22nd Middlesex Rifle Volunteer Corps (Central London Rangers)
1881 8th Volunteer Battalion of The King's Royal Rifle Corps
1891 22nd Middlesex Volunteer Rifle Corps (Central London Rangers)
1908 12th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (The Rangers) transferred to T.F. with HQ at Bedford Square, London
1914 12th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (The Rangers) was mobilised at Chenies Street, London on 4 Aug 1914.
Arrived in France January 1915, then G.H.Q. troops then: 84th Brigade, 28th Division (Feb 15th)
1/13th London Regt (Kensingtons) (Lt Col W H Young)
1859 4th Middlesex Rifle Volunteer Corps formed at
Islington, 2nd (South) Middlesex Rifle Volunteer Corps a formed
in south west London (HQ Fulham)
1/14th London Regt (London Scottish) (Lt Col B C Green CMG, TD)
|1859 The London Scottish
Rifle Volunteer Corps six companies raised: Highland, City,
North, South, East and West
1859 15th Middlesex (London Scottish) Rifle Volunteer Corps
1860 four new coys raised
1880 7th Middlesex (London Scottish) Rifle Volunteers
1881 1st Volunteer Battalion, The Rifle Brigade
1891 7th Middlesex (London Scottish) Rifle Volunteer Corps
1908 14th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (London Scottish)
1914 The 14th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (London Scottish) was mobilised on 5 Aug 1914 at Buckingham Gate
Arrived in France September 1914, then 1st Brigade, 1st Division
168th Brigade Machine Gun Company (Major M. W. Tait (1/14th Londons)
168th Brigade Trench Mortar Battery (Capt E D Alexander)
With thanks to the late Iain
Kerr who provided much of the regimental information
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