The function of the Rangetaker was to operate the rangefinder. He was a specially trained individual.

He often accompanied the commander of the MG Section. If not required to take ranges, he provided local protection or assisted in moving gun stores or other administrative tasks.

1912 – 1938

During this period, the duties of the range-taker were carried out by one of the No. 6s from the section.

1939 – 1942

1943 (Airlanding)

1943 – 1968

In the 1951 Manual, the Rangetaker is identified as carrying the following equipment on a ‘long carry’.