2nd and 3rd Lines of the 5th King's Own Scottish Borderers
Formation of the 2/5th and 3/5th KOSB
As mentioned previously, the organisation of Territorial Force battalions was altered in September 1914 to deal with the different terms under which men had volunteered: for home service only, or home service and overseas if required.
Soon after mobilisation, men who had enlisted for home duties only were given the opportunity to sign up for Imperial War Service, i.e., if required, they agreed to serve overseas in a theatre of war. The majority of 5th KOSB men did sign the new terms but others decided to stick with their original terms of enlistment. Consequently, the battalion had a mixture of both categories, so it was split into first and second line units and given the fractional designations, 1/5th and 2/5th KOSB. Initially, the second line battalion was for home service only, but later in the war most of these men did serve overseas.
By the summer of 1915 most T.F. battalions had formed a third line (3/5th); these battalions were used for training and supplying drafts of men to both the first and second line battalions.
The second line of the 5th (Dumfries and Galloway) King's Own Scottish Borderers was formed in September 1914 at Dumfries. In January 1915 the battalion was attached to the 194th Brigade of the 65th (2nd Lowland) Division, a wholly 2nd-Line Territorial Force Division.
65th (2nd Lowland) Division
- 2/7th Royal Scots
- 2/8th Royal Scots
- 2/4th (The Border) King's Own Scottish Borderers
- 2/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) King's Own Scottish Borderers
- 2/5th Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
- 2/6th Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
- 2/7th Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
- 2/8th Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
- 2/5th (City of Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry
- 2/6th (City of Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry
- 2/7th (Blythswood) Highland Light Infantry
- 2/9th (Glasgow Highlanders) Highland Light Infantry
|January 1915||194th Brigade, 65th (2nd Lowland) Division|
|August 1915||Rumbling Bridge & Milnathort|
|November 1915||Falkirk area, and formed No.14 Battalion in 194th Brigade with 2/4th KOSB|
|January 1916||Absorbed 2/4th KOSB & resumed identity as 2/5th KOSB|
|January 1917||Ireland (Ballykinler)|
|July 1917||Ireland (Curragh)|
|15 May 1917||Disbanded|
The third line of the 5th (Dumfries and Galloway) King's Own Scottish Borderers was formed in March 1915 at Dumfries, and remained there until early 1916. Initially, it supplied reinforcement drafts to the 1/5th and 2/5th KOSB, but in later stages of the war men who had trained in this territorial reserve unit could be transferred for active service to any KOSB battalion - regular, territorial or service battalion.
|March 1915||Formed at Dumfries|
|Early 1916||Ripon, Yorkshire|
|8 March 1916||Became 5th (Reserve) KOSB|
|1 Sept 1916||Absorbed by 4th (Reserve) KOSB at Catterick, Yorkshire in Lowland Reserve Brigade|
|October 1917||4th (Reserve) KOSB to Dunfermline where it remained as part of Forth Garrison|