19 Light Brigade

19 Light Brigade

A ceremony was held at Headquarters Task Force Helmand (TFH) in October 2009 to mark the Transfer of Authority in Helmand province between 19 Light Brigade and 11 Light Brigade. 19 Light Brigade lowered its flag at the TFH headquarters marking the end of a successful six-month tour.

The Brigade is primarily based in Northern Ireland and consists of the following major units:

  • The Light Dragoons
  • 40 Regiment Royal Artillery
  • 38 Engineer Regiment
  • The Black Watch 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland
  • 1st Battalion The Welsh Guards
  • The 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment
  • The 2nd Battalion The Rifles and 19 Combat Service Support Battalion

During recent operations the Brigade Headquarters was based in the Provincial Capital Lashkar Gar for the duration of Op HERRICK 10 with units based throughout Helmand.

The Thiepval MemorialBattlefield visit and historical background

In June 2012, Headquarters 19 Light Brigade visited the site of the Battle of the Somme 1916, the Ulster Tower and the Thiepval Memorial.

The group deployed first to France to undertake a conceptual study. The study was centred on the area of the Somme, predominately east of the city of Amiens, and the aim was to conceptualise the final period of the First World War, known as the Hundred Days Offensive.

To set the scene, the event began with a study into the Battle of the Somme in 1916, remembered by most for the trench warfare which claimed so many lives, in particular the 58,000 men who fell on the first day of battle.

This article looks at the history behind the Ulster Tower, the Thiepval Memorial, and the links between the area and 19 Light Brigade.

Download the full report with pictures from the right-hand panels

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