5th Brigade Machine Gun Company

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

Brigade attached to: 5th Brigade
Division attached to: 2nd Division
Formed from the: Machine Gun Section of 2nd Bn. Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Machine Gun Section of 2nd Bn. Highland Light Infantry
Machine Gun Section of 17th Bn. Royal Fusiliers
Machine Gun Section of 24th Bn. Royal Fusiliers

The 5th Bde. M.G. Coy. was formed on the 01 January 1916 from the Machine Gun Sections of the listed infantry battalions.

On 04 March 1918, it was amalgamated with the 6th, 99th and 242nd Machine Gun Companies to form No. 2 Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.

As a unit of the 2nd Infantry Division, it will have taken part in the following battles and engagements.

1916
25 July to 09 August Battle of Delville Wood [XIII. Corps, Fourth Army].
17 and 28 July Capture and consilidation of Delville Wood.
08 and 09 August Attack of Waterlot Farm – Guillemont.
13 to 16 November Battle of the Ancre [V. Corps, Fifth Army].
1917
11 January to 13 March Operations on the Ancre [II. Corps, Fifth Army].
17 and 18 February Actions of Miraumont.
25 February to 02 March Capture of the Thilloys.
10 March Capture of Grevillers Trench (near Iries).
14 to 19 March German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line [II. Corps, Fifth Army].
BATTLES OF ARRAS
12 to 14 April Battle of Vimy Ridge [XIII. Corps, First Army].
28 and 29 April Battle of Arleux [XIII. Corps, Fifth Army].
03 May Third Battle of the Scarpe [XIII. Corps, Fifth Army].
BATTLE OF CAMBRAI
27 and 28 November Capture of Bourlon Wood [IV. Corps, Third Army].
30 November to 03 December German Counter Attacks [IV. Corps, handed over on 1/12 to V. Corps, Third Army].

 


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