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The 2nd Cavalry Division was a regular British Army division that saw service in World War One. It also known as Gough's Command, after its commanding General and was part of the initial British Expeditionary Force which landed in Francemarker in September 1914.It was involved in most of the major actions where cavalry were used as a mounted mobile force, and also many where the troops were dismounted and effectively served as infantry.On November 11 , 1918 , units of the division were east and northeast of Mons, in Belgiummarker. Orders were received that the division would lead the advance of Fourth Army into Germanymarker, a move that was to begin on November 17, 1918. On December 1, it crossed the frontier south of St Vith.The winter was spent south of Liegemarker, and demobilisation commenced.The division ceased to exist on March 31, 1919.

Order of Battle

3rd Cavalry Brigade

4th Cavalry Brigade

5th Cavalry Brigade

Divisional Artillery

All units of the Royal Horse Artillery unless shown
  • III Brigade RHA (comprising D and E Batteries, D Battery was attached to 3rd Cavalry Brigade, E Battery to 5th Cavalry Brigade)
  • IV Brigade RHA
  • J Battery RHA
  • 1st Warwickshire Battery RHA
  • 2nd Cavalry Divisional Ammunition Park

Divisional Engineers

  • 2nd Field Squadron
  • 2nd Signal Squadron

Divisional Commanders

General Sir Hubert de la Poer Gough, GCB, GCMG, KCVO , when a Major General from formation in October 1914 until April 1915.
Major General C.T. McM. Kavanagh from 19 April 1915 to July 1915.
Major General Sir P. Chetwode from 15 July 1915 to November 1916.
Major General W. Greenly from 16 November 1916 to April 1918.
Major General T. Pitman from 16 April 1918.


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