The Great War

It’s known that various battalions of the Machine Gun Corps formed their own bands.

The Inter-War Period

The bands of the Machine Gun Corps were some of the last elements to disband in 1922. Specific machine gun unit-related bands then ceased and the infantry battalions and regiments had their owns bands.

The Second World War

The war establishment of the Regimental Bands allows for a band to be attached to Machine Gun Training Centres as well as Motor Training Battalions and the Reconnaissance Corps‘ Training Centre. All of those units had machine gunners under training.

Post-Second World War

Some machine gun platoons were dual trained as bandsmen in the post-war period; however, it’s probably that this was after the Vickers had been declared obsolete.


  • The National Archives, WO 24/943, War Establishments January to June.