Essex Regiment & Essex Militia History

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Memorial to 161 Brigade after First Battle of Gaza 1917

The 161st Brigade was part of the 54th ( East Anglian) Division during World War One.

The Brigade comprised of the four Essex territorial battalions.

In March 1917, 161 Brigade was involved in heavy fighting with the Turks at Gaza

Click on the Battalion for their story of this battle-

The 4th Essex, 5th Essex , 6th Essex and 7th Essex

161 Gaza Memorial

After the battle the Brigade erected a wooden cross as a memorial to their fallen colleagues.

To the glory of God

In MEMORY of the OFFICERS, NCO's & MEN

of the

161st INFANTRY BRIGADE

Who fell in the ASSAULT and CAPTURE of GREEN HILL ALI_EL_MONTAR and LABYRINTH

and Subsequent operations

GAZA

March 26/27 1917