As a country of the British Empire, Bermudians were part of the British Army and several units were formed from local soldiers for service at home. There was a garrison on the island that would have included a British Army infantry battalion.

Second World War

During the Second World War, the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps was one of the locally-raised regiments for service in Bermuda as part of the islands defence. This Corps included a machine gun company alongside three rifle companies. The company consisted of four platoons and is likely to have been of the same establishment as the British 1931 machine gun company – the detailed 1940 war establishment of the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps is available as a PDF download.


  • The National Archives. WO 24/937 War Establishments 1940 Jan-Jul.