6th Poona Divisional Area
The 6th Poona Divisional Area was an infantry division of the British Indian Army that formed part of the Indian Army during the First World War. It was formed in October 1914 to replace the original 6th (Poona) Division that had been mobilized in September 1914 for service in Mesopotamia. It was renamed as Poona Division in June 1917 and remained in India throughout the war. The division was redesignated as Poona District in 1920.
|6th Poona Divisional Area|
|Active||October 1914 – June 1920|
|Branch||British Indian Army|
|Part of||Southern Army|
|Service||First World War|
|Maj.-Gen. G.F. Gorringe|
Brig.-Gen. F.J. Fowler
At the outbreak of the First World War, the 6th (Poona) Division was mobilized in September 1914 and sailed from Bombay on 16 October for Mesopotamia. The 6th Poona Divisional Area was formed in October 1914 to take over the area responsibilities of the 6th (Poona) Division. It took over the units left behind by the original division and initially only commanded Bombay Brigade, joined by the reformed Poona Brigade in December. However, the Ahmednagar Brigade was not formed until May 1918, followed by the 58th and 59th Indian Brigades in June. Bombay Brigade became independent in the same month.
The division served in India throughout the war, initially under Southern Army, then Southern Command from January 1918. From early 1918, the division was responsible for a significant part of the expansion of the British Indian Army.
In 1918, the division was responsible for posts and stations at Ahmednagar, Anandi, Arangaon, Belgaum, Dhond, Kirkee, Kholapur, Manmad, Poona and Satara. Bombay Brigade was responsible for Ahmedabad, Baroda, Bombay, Colaba, Dadar, Deolali, Nasik, Rajkot and Santa Cruz. It was renamed Poona Division in June 1917 and was redesignated as Poona District in June 1920.
Order of battleEdit
- Bombay Brigade – joined in October 1914 from 6th (Poona) Division; became an independent formation in June 1918
- Poona Brigade[a] – formed in December 1914
- Ahmednagar Brigade[a] – formed in May 1918
- 58th Indian Brigade – formed in June 1918; transferred to 2nd (Rawalpindi) Division in November 1918
- 59th Indian Brigade – formed in June 1918; transferred to 2nd (Rawalpindi) Division in November 1918
|October 1914||Major-General||G.F. Gorringe|
|16 March 1915||Brigadier-General||H.T. Brooking|
|29 July 1915||Brigadier-General||M. Cowper|
|22 November 1915||Major-General||R. Wapshare|
|2 December 1916||Brigadier-General||F.J. Fowler|
|22 July 1917||Lieutenant-General||Sir M.J. Tighe||Redesignated as Poona District in June 1920|
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