Machine Gun Corps 2022

This page will be used to collate the information about how the anniversary of the centenary of the disbandment of the Machine Gun Corps, and the legacy of machine gunnery that it left us, is being commemorated throughout 2022.

For now, add 3rd July and 16th July to your calendars – more info very soon!

Postcards of the MGC

Thanks to Graham Sacker – author of The Suicide Club and creator of the MGC Database – we have access to an amazing collection of postcards of members of the Machine Gun Corps throughout its existence, as well as a few before and after. We have been sharing these every day in 2022 and also sharing a weekly video of photo analysis of what we see in the postcards.

Events

We have planned our own events to coincide with the anniversary of the Corps’ disbandment in July. These include a commemorative shoot and a showcase exhibition.

Neither of the events have received external sponsorship but are being support by friends and members of the Association. If you believe what we do is worthwhile, please join us at www.patreon.com/vickersmg or make a one-off donation at http://paypal.me/vickersmg.

3 July – Commemorative Shoot

To be held at the NRA Bisley from 4pm.

  • Parking specifically for the shoot is here: GoogleMaps WhatThreeWords at Rear of Artists Rifles Club House, Bisley Shooting Ground, GU24 0NY
  • Free access.
  • No registration needed.
  • Pre-order items for collection in our shop – add a note to collect at the event.

For clarity, there will not be an opportunity for members of the public to fire the guns on this day. This is a demonstration shoot only with trained servants of the VMGCRA and other organisations that hold authority to possess prohibited weapons.

Programme will start at 4pm and expected to finish by 5pm. Although only one hour, we will be firing 16 guns and 16,000 rounds of ammunition.

16 July – Spotlight Saturday

The showcase event is a ‘Spotlight Saturday’ at the National Army Museum, Chelsea, London. We will be taking most of the physical items from the Vickers MG Collection near Swindon to the Museum for the today. This will be displayed alongside living historians and a programme of talks about the different elements of the Machine Gun Corps and its legacy.

More information can be found on the NAM’s own website at: https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/spotlight-saturday-machine-gun-corps

  • Check out the link above for transport.
  • No parking available on site.
  • Free access.
  • No registration needed.
  • Pre-order items for collection in our shop – add a note to collect at the event.