The 15th (Scottish) Division was a
British Army division in both the First and Second World Wars.
The division was a New Army unit formed in September 1914 as
part of the K2 Army Group. The division moved to
France in July 1915 and spent the
duration of the First World War in action on the Western Front.
The Early days were somewhat chaotic, the new volunteers having
very few trained officers and NCOs to command them, no organized
billets or equipment.
was inspected by HM King George V on 26th September 1914 - it
was the first occasion on which the Division paraded as a formed
unit, and with the exception of the Staff, plain clothes were
worn. By 22nd January 1915, the Division was in uniform for an
inspection by Kitchener. BY the early Summer of 1915, the
Division was considered to be ready for France, and embarkation orders were
received on 3rd July 1915.
During World War I, the
15th saw action at the Battles of Loos,
Somme, Pozieres and the Third Battle of Ypres. In
WWII, the division was a second line Territorial Army Division,
the duplicate of the British 52nd (Lowland) Division and served
in the Second World War, where, among other actions, it was part
of VIII Corps under Lieutenant-General Sir Richard O'Connor in Normandy. Where it fought in Operation Epsom,
Operation Goodwood and Operation Bluecoat. It was considered one
of the finest units in the British 2nd Army, and it ended the
war on the Elbe