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

Brigade attached to:42nd Brigade
Division attached to:14th (Light) Division
Formed from the Machine Gun Sections of:5th Bn. Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
5th Bn. King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
9th Bn. King’s Royal Rifle Corps
9th Bn. Rifle Brigade

The 42nd Bde. M.G. Coy. was formed by 24 February 1916 from the Machine Gun Sections of the listed infantry battalions.

As a unit of the 14th (Light) Division during this period, it may have taken part in the following battles and engagements.

13 to 30 AugustBattle of Delville Wood [XV Corps, Fourth Army].
15 and 16 SeptemberBattle of Flers-Courcelette [XV Corps, Fourth Army].
14 March to 05 AprilGerman Retreat to the Hindenburg Line [VII Corps, Third Army].
09 to 12 AprilFirst Battle of the Scarpe [VII Corps, Third Army].
03 and 04 MayThird Battle of the Scarpe [VII Corps, Third Army].
18 AugustBattle of Langemarck [II Corps, Fifth Army].
22 to 26 AugustFighting on the Menin Road [II Corps, Fifth Army]. (41st Inf. Bde. until 28 August)
12 OctoberFirst Battle of Passchendale [X Corps, Second Army].

In March 1918, it was amalgamated with the 41st, 43rd, and 224th Machine Gun Companies to form No. 14 Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.


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