24th Brigade Machine Gun Company

A Machine Gun Company was attached to each Infantry Brigade and their subsequent Division.

Brigade attached to: 24th Brigade
Division attached to: 8th Division (November 1914 to 17 October 1915)
23rd Division (18 October 1915 to 14 July 1916)
8th Division (15 July 1916 to demobilisation)
Formed from the: Machine Gun Section of 1st Bn. The Worcestershire Regiment
Machine Gun Section of 2nd Bn. The East Lancashire Regiment
Machine Gun Section of 1st Bn. The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)
Machine Gun Section of 2nd Bn. The Northamptonshire Regiment

The 24th Bde. M.G. Coy. was formed, while in the 23rd Division, on the 17 February 1916, from the Machine Gun Sections of the listed infantry battalions.

On 20 April 1918, it was amalgamated with the 23rd, 25th and 218th Machine Gun Companies to form No. 8 Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.

As a unit of the 23rd Infantry Division, it will have taken part in the following battles and engagements.

1916
BATTLES OF THE SOMME
04 to 11 July Battle of Albert [III. Corps, Fourth Army].
10 July Capture of Contalmaison.*
* After the 23rd Division had captured Contalmaison the Commander-in-Chief asked the Divisional Commander what he would like. General Babington replied: “Give me back my 70th Brigade.” Within a week the 70th Brigade returned to the 23rd Division.

As a unit of the 8th Infantry Division, it will have taken part in the following battles and engagements.

1916
BATTLES OF THE SOMME
23 to 30 October Attack on le Tresnoy [XIV. Corps, Fourth Army].
1917
04 March Bouchavesnes [XV. Corps, Fourth Army].
14 March to 05 April German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line [XV. Corps, Fourth Army].
BATTLES OF YPRES
31 July and 01 August Battle of Pilckem Ridge [II. Corps, Fifth Army].
31 July Attack on Westhoek.
16 to 18 August Battle of Langemarck [II. Corps, Fifth Army].
1918
FIRST BATTLES OF THE SOMME
23 March Battle of St. Quentin [XIX. Corps, Fifth Army].
24 and 25 March Actions at the Somme Crossings [XIX. Corps, Fifth Army].
26 and 27 March Battle of Rosieres [XIX. Corps, Fifth Army].

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