On 1 February 1917 the British government made a formal request for a
sixth division. On 15 February 1917 the Australian government assented and
the Sixth Division began to form in England.
Heavy casualties in the fighting at Bullecourt in April and May, and at
Messines in June caused the project to be abandoned and the 6th Division
was broken up in September 1917.
- None appointed, but Brigadier General E.G.
Brigadier General John Gellibrand were designated
- killed in action: 1
- other deaths: 42
- total: 43
Division (England, August 1917)
- 16th Infantry Brigade
- 61st,62nd,63rd,69th Infantry Battalions
(Victoria; Victoria; Victoria;
- 16th Light Trench Mortar Battery [8 x 3 inch Stokes Mortars]
- 16th Field Ambulance
- 30th Australian Army Service Corps Company
- 17th Infantry Brigade
- 65th,66th,67th,70th Infantry Battalions (New South
South Wales; New South Wales; Western Australia and South
- 17th Light Trench Mortar Battery [8 x 3 inch Stokes Mortars]
- 17th Field Ambulance
- 31st Australian Army Service Corps Company
- 16th,17th Field Companies
- 16th,17th Machinegun Companies [32 x Vickers Machineguns]
- 6th Signal Company
- 18th Light Trench Mortar Battery [8 x 3 inch Stokes Mortars]
to 1st Training Group)
- 7th Sanitary Section
This copy supplied in part by Ross Mallett
(ADFA) and in part by AWM and other sources.