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.


Strength

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.


Squadrons

SquadronAttached UnitLocationPeriodNotes
1 France & FlandersFebruary 1916 onwards 
2 France & FlandersFebruary 1916 onwards 
3 France & FlandersFebruary 1916 onwards 
4 France & FlandersFebruary 1916 onwards 
5 France & FlandersFebruary 1916 onwards 
6 France & FlandersFebruary 1916 onwards 
7 (BEF) France & FlandersFebruary 1916 onwards 
 February 1918 onwardsDismounted and became part of Guards MG Regiment
7 (MEF) Western FrontFebruary 1916 – Winter 1916Originally the Meerut Sqn on the Western Front. Renumbered 7 Sqn when the division moved to Mesopotamia in Winter 1916.
MesopotamiaWinter 1916 onwards
8 France & FlandersFebruary 1916 onwards (Renumbered 7 in May 1918)
9 France & FlandersFebruary 1916 onwards
10 France & FlandersFebruary 1916 to April 1918Disbanded Apr 18
11 France & FlandersNovember 1916 to April 1918Fought as Infantry during German Spring Offensive of 1918. Disbanded Apr 18.
12 France & FlandersNovember 1916 to April 1918Fought as Infantry during German Spring Offensive of 1918. Disbanded Apr 18.
13 France & FlandersNovember 1916 to April 1918Fought as Infantry during German Spring Offensive of 1918. Disbanded Apr 18.
14 France & FlandersNovember 1916 to April 1918Fought as Infantry during German Spring Offensive of 1918. Disbanded Apr 18.
15 Mesopotamia  
 Egyptian Expeditionary ForceOctober 1918 
 India, Afghanistan1919 
16 Mesopotamia  
 Egyptian Expeditionary ForceApril 1917 
 Iraq1920 
17 Egyptian Expeditionary Force1917 
18 Egyptian Expeditionary Force1917 
19 France & FlandersJuly 1917 
 EgyptMarch 1918 
20 EgyptOctober 1917 
21 EgyptOctober 1917 
22 IndiaOctober 1917 
 Afghanistan1919 
23 IndiaOctober 1917 
24 IndiaOctober 1917 
 Afghanistan1919 
25 IndiaMay 1918 
 MesopotamiaJuly 1918 
26 Egyption Expeditionary ForceMay 1918Originally 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.

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