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

Brigade attached to: 52nd Brigade
Division attached to: 17th (Northern) Division
Formed from the: Machine Gun Section of 9th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers
Machine Gun Section of 10th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers
Machine Gun Section of 9th Bn. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Machine Gun Section of 12th Bn. Manchester Regiment

The 52nd M.G. Coy. disembarked at le Havre on 09 February 1916 and joined the 52nd Brigade on 12 February 1916 at Reninghelst. It may have absorbed machine gunners from the Machine Gun Sections of the listed infantry battalions.

As a unit of the 17th (Northern) Infantry Division during this period, it may have taken part in the following battles and engagements.

1916
14 February and 02 March The Bluff [V Corps, Second Army].
BATTLES OF THE SOMME
01 to 10 July Battle of Albert [XV Corps, Fourth Army].
02 July Capture of Fricourt.
01 to 12 August Battle of Delville Wood [XV Corps, Fourth Army].
1917
BATTLES OF ARRAS
12 to 14 April First Battle of the Scarpe [VI Corps, Third Army].
23 and 24 April Second Battle of the Scarpe [VI Corps, Third Army].
13 to 16 May Capture and Defence of Rouex [XVII Corps, Third Army].
BATTLES OF YPRES
12 October First Battle of Passchendaele [XIV Corps, Fifth Army].
08 to 10 November Second Battle of Passchendaele [XIV Corps, Fifth Army].

On 24 February 1918, it was amalgamated with the 50th, 51st, and 236th Machine Gun Companies to form No. 17 Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.


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