Home Land War General Interest The Structure of the British Army

The Structure of the British Army

12th-londonBelow is a simpilfied table showing the structure of the British Army at the time of the Great War.

In late 1917 the structure of the Army changed due to the manpower shortages created by the Government.

Troops and Companys changed from a structure of 4 to 3 per company and battalion. This Change went up to Brigade Level., Bridages reduce from 4 to 3 within a Division.


Structure of the British Army
Formation Size Commanded By.. Number of Men
Army General or Field Marshall 85,000 +/-
2 Corps + HQ + Army Troops
Corps (Army Corps) Lt-General 38,500
2 Divisions + HQ + Corps Troops
Division Major-General 18,179
3 Brigades + HQ + Divisional Troops
Brigade Brigadier-General 4055
4 Battalions + HQ
Battalion Lt-Colonel 1007
4 Companies + HQ
Company Major or Captain 227
4 Platoons + HQ
Platoon Lt or 2/Lt 52
4 Sections, numbered 1 - 4
Section N.C.O. - Corporal 13

1 Corporal + 12 Privates
Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 January 2009 14:31 )  

Search with Google

Join the WFA

Join the WFA

Join the WFA online, by post, or at a Branch near you!

Site news

The WFA's site is undergoing a major rebuilding programme at the moment. We are moving to a new, faster server, with a new version of the content management system that has powered the site successfully since 2008. We will introduce a slightly different look and feel to that currently.
You may spot the phrase "Warning: Illegal string offset 'active' in .... " on parts of the website. Do not be alarmed! These are simply alerts but they do not constitute a danger to you or your computer. They are the result of a recent (current) server software upgrade that means there is a minor issue when listings are generated.
The website content (and, for the most part, its structure) will be unchanged and is indeed being expanded and improved. Search will be much more able to find the material you want in a site of almost 4,000 articles, and we will make other improvements such as content tagging.
We hope the work will be complete by December 2014.

Join us on Facebook

Support the WFA

If you have found this website to be of help to you, please support us.



Sponsored Links