No. 10 Battalion, Machine Gun Corps

A Machine Gun Battalion of the Machine Gun Corps was attached to each Infantry Division and was normally formed of four MG Companies; however, No. 10 Battalion seems to only have had three companies.

The 10th Bn, MGC was formed on 7 May 1918.

Division attached to:10th (Irish) Division
Formed from the:29th Machine Gun Company
30th Machine Gun Company
31st Machine Gun Company

As a unit of the 10th (Irish) Infantry Division, it will have taken part in the following battles and engagements.

19 to 21 SeptemberBattle of Nablus [XX Corps].

On the 23td September the 30th Infantry Brigade moved forward, and on the 24th 46/Punjabis occupied Tubas and blocked the road to Beisan. On conclusion of its active operations in Palestine the 10th Division was employed on salvage work, and in the middle of October the Division concentrated near Tul Karm with divisional headquarters at el Mas’udiye. The Division was still in this area when the Armistice with Turkey came into force at noon on Thursday, 31st October.

The Division concentrated around Sarafand (3 miles west of Lydda) by the 12th November, and on the 14th all units received notification that the Division would move back to Egypt. On the 19th the move began, and by the 1st December the 10th Division assembled at Cairo.

In January, 1919, demobilization began. On the 24th and 29th the advanced parties of three of the Indian battalions left for Suez for embarkation for India and the battalions followed on the 2nd, 4th, and 15th February. On the 25th, 18th Coy., 3/S. and M. was transferred to the 3rd (Lahore) Division. On the 6th March the artillery began to return the 18-pdrs. to Ordnance Stores. On the 8th two Indian battalions left to join the 75th Division; on the 13th the greater part of the remaining artillery was transferred to the 7th (Meerut) Division; on the 15th the 30th Brigade headquarters was disbanded, and on the same day two Indian battalions left to join the 75th Division. The Division had been thus weakened when, on the 17th March, unrest broke out in Egypt. Nevertheless small parties and columns were sent at once to Benha, Gamra, Giza, and Abu el Ella, and on the 16th demobilization was suspended. On the 20th April orders were received to reform the 10th Division – with 3 British and 9 Indian battalions – and this fresh reconstruction brings to an end the history of the Division. During the Great War the 10th (Irish) Division lost 9,363 killed, wounded and missing.