2nd Brigade Machine Gun Company

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

Brigade attached to: 2nd Brigade
Division attached to: 1st Division
Formed from the: Machine Gun Section of 2nd Bn. The Royal Sussex Regiment
Machine Gun Section of 1st Bn. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Machine Gun Section of 1st Bn. The Northamptonshire Regiment
Machine Gun Section of 2nd Bn. The King’s Royal Rifle Corps

The 2nd Bde. M.G. Coy. was formed on the 26 January 1916 from the Machine Gun Sections of the listed infantry battalions.

On 28 February 1918, it was amalgamated with the 1st, 3rd and 216th Machine Gun Companies to form No. 1 Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.

As a unit of the 1st (Infantry) Division, it will have taken part in the following battles and engagements.

1916
BATTLES OF THE SOMME
14 to 17 July Battle of Bazentin Ridge [III Corps, Fourth Army]
23 to 26 July Battle of Pozieres Ridge [III Corps, Fourth Army]
15 August to 3 September
15 to 22 September Battle of Flers-Courcelette [III Corps, Fourth Army]
25 to 28 September Battle of Morval [III Corps, Fourth Army]
1917
14 to 21 March German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line [III Corps, Fourth Army]
21 June to 20 October Operations on the Flanders Coast
10 July Defence of Nieuport [XV Corps, Fourth Army]
BATTLE OF YPRES
5 to 10 November Second Battle of Passchendaele [II Corps, Second Army]
1918
BATTLES OF THE LYS
9 to 11 April Battle of Estaires [I Corps, First Army]
15 April Battle of Hazebrouck (3rd Bde.) [under 55th Division, XI Corps, First Army]
18 and 19 April Battle of Bethune [I Corps, First Army]
THE ADVANCE TO VICTORY
SECOND BATTLES OF ARRAS
2 and 3 September Battle of the Drocourt-Queant Line [Cdn. Corps, First Army]
BATTLES OF THE HINDERBURG LINE
18 September Battle of Epehy [IX Corps, Fourth Army]
29 September to 2 October Battle of the St. Quentin Canal [IX Corps, Fourth Army]
3 to 5 October Battle of the Beaurevoir Line [IX Corps, Fourth Army]
THE FINAL ADVANCE IN PICARDY
17 to 25 October Battle of the Selle [IX Corps, Fourth Army]
4 November Battle of the Sambre [IX Corps, Fourth Army]
4 November Passage of the Sambre-Oise Canal

 


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