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
Rather than having a rangefinder with each machine gun detachment (ie per gun), one was carrier with the section commander and would work with them for the whole section (two guns).
1943 – 1968
To understand the uniform and equipment of this period, we’ve done a video study of the range-taker from 1943 for our YouTube channel.
In the 1951 Manual, the Rangetaker is identified as carrying the following equipment on a ‘long carry’.