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

Brigade attached to:86th Brigade
Division attached to:29th Division
Formed from the Machine Gun Sections of:2nd Bn. Royal Fusiliers
1st Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers
1st Bn. Royal Munster Fusiliers
1st Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers

The 86th M.G. Coy. was formed on the 26 February 1916, at el Kubri.  It is likely to have been formed from the Machine Gun Sections of the listed infantry battalions.

As a unit of the 29th Infantry Division, it will have taken part in the following battles and engagements.

1916

After the Evacuation of Helles, the 29th Division moved to Egypt and was concentrated at Suez. On 25th February orders were received for the early move of the division to France. Embarking in March, the division disembarked at Marseille, and between 15-29 March it effected its concentration on the Somme, east of Pont Remy. For the rest of the Great War the 29th Division served on the Western Front in France and Belgium.

THE BATTLES OF THE SOMME
01 JulyBattle of Albert [VIII. Corps, Fourth Army].
10 to 18 OctoberBattle of the Transloy Ridges (88th Bde. with 12th Div.) [XV. Corps, Fourth Army].
1917
27 JanuaryLe Transloy (87th Bde.) [XIV. Corps, Fourth Army].
28 FebruarySaillisel (86th Bde.) [XIV. Corps, Fourth Army].
THE BATTLES OF ARRAS
12 to 14 AprilFirst Battle of the Scarpe [VI. Corps, Third Army].
23 and 24 AprilSecond Battle of the Scarpe [VI. Corps, Third Army].
03 and 04 MayThird Battle of the Scarpe [VI. Corps, Third Army].
THE BATTLES OF YPRES
16 to 18 AprilBattle of Langemarck [XIV. Corps, Fifth Army].
04 OctoberBattle of Broodseinde [XIV. Corps, Fifth Army].
09 OctoberBattle of Poelcappelle [XIV. Corps, Fifth Army].
BATTLE OF CAMBRAI
20 and 21 NovemberThe Tank Attack [III. Corps, Third Army].
30 November to 03 DecemberGerman Counter-Attacks [III. Corps, Third Army].

On 15 February, 1918, it was amalgamated with the 87th, 88th and 227th Machine Gun Companies to form No. 29 Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.

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