Formed as a branch of the Machine Gun Corps, the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) consisted of Machine Gun Squadrons attached to each Cavalry Brigade and their subsequent Division.
The strength of the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) was recorded from June, 1916, until March, 1920, on a month-by-month basis.
At its peak, in October, 1918, it consisted of 315 officers and 7,757 other ranks – a total of 8,072 all ranks. A more detailed analysis is available on the MGC strength page.
|1||France & Flanders||February 1916 onwards|
|2||France & Flanders||February 1916 onwards|
|3||France & Flanders||February 1916 onwards|
|4||France & Flanders||February 1916 onwards|
|5||France & Flanders||February 1916 onwards|
|6||France & Flanders||February 1916 onwards|
|7 (BEF)||France & Flanders||February 1916 onwards|
|February 1918 onwards||Dismounted and became part of Guards MG Regiment|
|7 (MEF)||Western Front||February 1916 – Winter 1916||Originally the Meerut Sqn on the Western Front. Renumbered 7 Sqn when the division moved to Mesopotamia in Winter 1916.|
|Mesopotamia||Winter 1916 onwards|
|8||France & Flanders||February 1916 onwards (Renumbered 7 in May 1918)|
|9||France & Flanders||February 1916 onwards|
|10||France & Flanders||February 1916 to April 1918||Disbanded Apr 18|
|11||France & Flanders||November 1916 to April 1918||Fought as Infantry during German Spring Offensive of 1918. Disbanded Apr 18.|
|12||France & Flanders||November 1916 to April 1918||Fought as Infantry during German Spring Offensive of 1918. Disbanded Apr 18.|
|13||France & Flanders||November 1916 to April 1918||Fought as Infantry during German Spring Offensive of 1918. Disbanded Apr 18.|
|14||France & Flanders||November 1916 to April 1918||Fought as Infantry during German Spring Offensive of 1918. Disbanded Apr 18.|
|Egyptian Expeditionary Force||October 1918|
|Egyptian Expeditionary Force||April 1917|
|17||Egyptian Expeditionary Force||1917|
|18||Egyptian Expeditionary Force||1917|
|19||France & Flanders||July 1917|
|26||Egyption Expeditionary Force||May 1918||Originally the 1/3rd Scottish Horse which became the Camel Squadron of the EEF in October 1916 and then became the 26 MG Sqn in May 1918.|
The administrative run-down of the Corps included the cancellation of the Mobilization Stores Tables (Army Forms G1098) for the different units in September 1922, including:
- Army Form G1098-241, “Machine Gun Squadron (Egypt).”
- Army Form G1098-241A, “Machine Gun Squadron (British Cavalry) (France).”
- Gould, 1977
- The National Archives, WO 123/64, Army Orders 1922.
- War Office, 1922