A Machine Gun Battalion of the Machine Gun Corps was attached to each Infantry Division and was formed of four MG Companies.
The 8th Bn, MGC was formed on 20 April 1918.
|Division attached to:||8th Division|
|Formed from the:||23rd Machine Gun Company|
24th Machine Gun Company
25th Machine Gun Company
218th Machine Gun Company
As a unit of the 8th Division, it will have taken part in the following battles and engagements.
|24 and 25 April||Villers Bretonneux [III. Corps, Fourth Army].|
|27 May to 06 June||Battle of the Aisne [IX. Corps, Sixth (French) Army].|
|THE ADVANCE TO VICTORY|
|SECOND BATTLES OF ARRAS|
|26 to 30 August||Battle of the Scarpe [VIII. Corps, First Army].|
|THE FINAL ADVANCE IN ARTOIS|
|07 and 08 October||Forcing the Rouvroy-Fresnes Line [VIII. Corps, First Army].|
|17 October||Capture of Douai [VIII. Corps, First Army].|
By 11 a.m. on the 11th November, the 8th Division (the right division of the VIII. Corps) had reached a line 3 – 4 miles to the N.N.E. of Mons. On the 15th November, the 8th Division was relieved by the 52nd Division on the Armistice Line; and on the 16th the 8th Division (now transferred to the III. Corps, Second Army) moved back to Tournai. Here, on the 7th December, the division (now in the Fifth Army) was visited by H.M. the King. The division advanced into the Ath-Enghien area, completing the move by the 18th December. Here demobilisation was finally carried out and the division passed out of existence on the 20th March, 1919.