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15th Machine Gun Company


A Machine Gun Company was attached to each Infantry Brigade and their subsequent Division.

Brigade attached to: 15th Brigade
Division attached to: 5th Division
Formed from the: Machine Gun Section of 1st Bn. The Norfolk Regiment
Machine Gun Section of 1st Bn. The Bedfordshire Regiment
Machine Gun Section of 1st Bn. The Cheshire Regiment
Machine Gun Section of 16th Bn. The Royal Warwickshire Regiment

The 15th Bde. M.G. Coy. was formed on the 27 December 1915 from the Machine Gun Sections of the listed infantry battalions. The 1st Bn Dorsetshire Regiment was also a unit of the 15th Infantry Brigade on this date; however, it was transferred to the 95th Brigade, 32nd Division on 31 December 1915.

On 26 April 1918, it was amalgamated with the 13th, 95th (nee 14th) and 205th Machine Gun Companies to form No. 5 Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.

As a unit of the 5th Infantry Division, it will have taken part in the following battles and engagements.

20 to 25 JulyAttacks on High Woods [XV. Corps, Fourth Army].
03 to 06 SeptemberBattle of Guillemont [XIV. Corps, Fourth Army].
18 to 22 SeptemberBattle of Flers-Courcelette [XIV. Corps, Fourth Army].
25 and 26 SeptemberBattle of Morval [XIV. Corps, Fourth Army].
09 to 14 AprilBattle of Vimy Ridge [Cdn. Corps, First Army].
23 AprilAttack on la Coulotte [Cdn. Corps, First Army].
03 and 04 MayThird Battle of the Scarpe [Cdn. Corps, First Army].
28 JuneCapture of Oppy Wood [XIII. Corps, First Army].
01 to 03 OctoberBattle of Polygon Wood [X. Corps, Second Army].
04 OctoberBattle of Broodseinde [X. Corps, Second Army].
09 OctoberBattle of Poelcappelle [X. Corps, Second Army].
26 October to 10 NovemberSecond Battle of Passchendaele [X. Corps, Second Army].
On the 23rd of November the division was warned that it would be moved to Italy. Entrainment began on the 27th November, and concentration was completed by the 20th December to the east of the R. Brenta and not far from Padua. The division formed part of the XI. Corps.
12 to 15 AprilBattle of Hazebrouck, including Defence of Nieppe Forest [XI. Corps, First Army].


  • Becke, 1934
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