This page provides some information on uniforms and clothing used by Machine Gunners. It is not intended to provide technical information on the uniforms but more about how they were used and worn by the Machine Gunners themselves.

Specific Machine Gunner Equipment

  • Cape, Machine Gunners

Also an item covered by Load Carrying Equipment, this was worn to provide protection of the Machine Gunner from the hot and heavy weapon. It is rarely seen in period photographs to show the extent of its use but often referred to, including up to the 1939 Small Arms Training manual.

General Routine Order 502 dated 1 January 1915.

Clothing, Machine Gunners.

Special capes and gloves for the use of machine gunners for lifting and carrying the gun when hot are approved on the scale of two capes and two pairs of gloves per machine gun detachment.

Indents should be sent to Ordnance Officers concerned.

A version was also manufactured by Australia.

  • Gloves, Machine Gunners.

A pair of protective gloves of heat-resistant woollen cloth, possibly including asbestos, with a leather pad on the palm, and a slit to allow for the trigger finger to protrude and fire while wearing.

General Routine Order 502 dated 1 January 1915.

Clothing, Machine Gunners.

Special capes and gloves for the use of machine gunners for lifting and carrying the gun when hot are approved on the scale of two capes and two pairs of gloves per machine gun detachment.

Indents should be sent to Ordnance Officers concerned.

  • Masks, Machine Gunners

A simple cloth mask with four holes: Two for the eyes and two to loop over the ears to hold in place. It then has a simple cloth tape to secure around the head or to the hat or helmet being worn.

General Routine Order 786 dated 19 April 1915.

Masks for Machine Gunners.

A special pattern mask, for attachment to service dress caps, has been approved for issue to machine gunners. These masks will be issued on a scale of 16 per Regiment or Cavalry or Battalion of Infantry, as supplies become available.

Indents should be submitted to Ordnance Officers concerned.

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