71st Machine Gun Company

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

Brigade attached to:71st Brigade
Division attached to:6th Division
Formed from the Machine Gun Sections of:1st Bn. The Leicestershire Regiment
2nd Bn. The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire) Regiment
9th Bn. The Norfolk Regiment
9th Bn. The Suffolk Regiment

The 71st Bde. M.G. Coy. was formed on 14 March 1916 from the Machine Gun Sections of the listed infantry battalions.

As a unit of the 6th Infantry Division, it will have taken part in the following battles and engagements.

15 to 18 September and 21 and 22 SeptemberBattle of Flers-Courcelette [XIV. Corps, Fourth Army].
25 to 28 SeptemberBattle of Morval [XIV. Corps, Fourth Army]
25 SeptemberCapture of Lesboeufs.
09 to 18 OctoberBattle of the Transloy Ridge. [XIV. Corps, Fourth Army].
13 to 22 AprilFighting on Hill 70 (Lens) [I. Corps, First Army].
20 November to 03 DecemberBATTLE OF CAMBRAI.
20 and 21 NovemberThe Tank Attack [III. Corps, Third Army].
23 to 28 NovemberCapture of Bourlon Wood [III. Corps, Third Army].
30 November to 03 DecemberThe German Counter-Attacks [III. Corps, Third Army].

On 01 March 1918, it was amalgamated with the 16th18th and 192nd Machine Gun Companies to form No. 6 Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.


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