8th Brigade Machine Gun Company

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

Brigade attached to:8th Brigade
Division attached to:3rd Division
Formed from the Machine Gun Sections of:2nd Bn. Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)
7th Bn. King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
8th Bn. East Yorkshire Regiment
13th Bn. King’s (Liverpool) Regiment

The 8th Bde. M.G. Coy. was formed on 22 January 1916 from the Machine Gun Section of the listed infantry battalions; the 1st Bn, London Rifle Brigade may have contributed to this company; however, the Order of Battle (Becke, 1934a) is unclear on this point.

As a unit of the 3rd Division, it will have taken part in the following battles and engagements.

27 March to 04 AprilCapture of St. Eloi Craters [V. Corps, Second Army].
30 AprilSecond Attack on Bellewaarde [V. Corps, Second Army]
14 to 25 JulyBattle of Bazentin Ridge [XIII. Corps, Fourth Army]
14 to 19 AugustBattle of Delville Wood [XIII. Corps, until midnight 16/17 August, then XIV. Corps, Fourth Army]
13 to 18 NovemberBattle of the Ancre [V. Corps, Fifth Army]
09 to 14 AprilFirst Battle of the Scarpe [VI. Corps, Third Army].
23 and 24 AprilSecond Battle of the Scarpe [VI. Corps, Third Army].
28 and 29 AprilBattle of Arleaux [VI. Corps, Third Army]
03 and 04 MayThird Battle of the Scarpe [VI. Corps, Third Army]
13 and 14 MayCapture of Rouex [VI. Corps, Third Army].
22 to 25 SeptemberBattle of the Menin Road Ridge [V. Corps, Fifth Army]
25 to 30 SeptemberBattle of Polygon Wood [V. Corps, Fifth Army, until 10 a.m., 28 September, then under II. ANZAZ Corps, Second Army].

On 06 March 1918, it was amalgamated with the 9th, 76th and 233rd Machine Gun Companies to form No. 3 Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.


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