102nd (Tyneside Scottish) Brigade

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Tyneside Scottish Brigade
Country United Kingdom
Branch British Army
RoleLine Infantry
Size4 New Army battalions
2 reserve battalions

The Tyneside Scottish Brigade was raised in 1914 as part of Kitchener's Army. Officially named the 102nd (Tyneside Scottish) Brigade, it contained four Pals battalions from Newcastle-on-Tyne.


The Tyneside Scottish Brigade was a British First World War infantry brigade. It was formed from men from the Tyneside area of England and even though it was called a Scottish brigade, they accepted any nationality. The request to the War Office to form the brigade was originally turned down, but after a visit to Newcastle upon Tyne by Lord Haldane on 10 October 1915, permission was granted. The complete Tyneside Scottish Brigade of four battalions was raised by 16 November 1915. Reports of bodies of men and groups of miners marching ten miles into the city to enlist are common.[1]

The brigade's four battalions were known as the 1st to 4th Tyneside Scottish. When taken over by the British Army, these became battalions of the Northumberland Fusiliers as the:

The reserve battalions were the 29th and 33rd (Reserve) Battalions, Northumberland Fusiliers (Tyneside Scottish).[2]

Active service[edit]

Under the command of Brigadier-General T. P. B. Ternan, the Tyneside Scottish Brigade suffered the worst losses of any brigade on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme; the Tyneside Irish Brigade had the next worst tally of casualties. The 23rd (4th Tyneside Scottish) Battalion lost 629 men (19 officers and 610 other ranks), the third worst battalion loss of the day. The 20th (1st Tyneside Scottish) Battalion lost 584 men and the 22nd (3rd Tyneside Scottish) Battalion, led by Boer War veteran Lt Col Arthur Elphinstone (a former pupil of Monkton Combe School), lost 537 men. All four battalion commanders were killed (the 21st (2nd Tyneside Scottish) commander had been killed shortly before the battle).


A memorial was dedicated to the fallen of the Tyneside Scottish Brigade, at La Boiselle for their part in its capture. It was unveiled by Marshal Ferdinand Foch.[2]


  1. ^ Simpkin 1988, p. 100.
  2. ^ a b Adam & Innes 2004, p. 512.


  • Adam, Frank; Innes, Thomas (2004) [1934]. The Clans, Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands. Kessinger. ISBN 1-4179-8076-1.
  • Simpkin, Peter (1988). Kitchener's army: the raising of the New Armies, 1914–16. Manchester University Press. ISBN 0-7190-2638-5.