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18th Machine Gun Company

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

Brigade attached to: 18th Brigade
Division attached to: 6th Division
Formed from the: Machine Gun Section of 1st Bn. The West Yorkshire Regiment
Machine Gun Section of 2nd Bn. The Durham Light Infantry
Machine Gun Section of 11th Bn. The Essex Regiment
Machine Gun Section of 14th Bn. The Durham Light Infantry

The 18th Bde. M.G. Coy. was formed in January 1916 from the Machine Gun Sections of the listed infantry battalions.

On 01 March 1918, it was amalgamated with the 16th, 71st and 192nd Machine Gun Companies to form No. 6 Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.

As a unit of the 6th Infantry Division, it will have taken part in the following battles and engagements.

1916
BATTLES OF THE SOMME
15 to 18 September and 21 and 22 SeptemberBattle of Flers-Courcelette [XIV. Corps, Fourth Army].
25 to 28 SeptemberBattle of Morval [XIV. Corps, Fourth Army]
25 SeptemberCapture of Lesboeufs.
09 to 18 OctoberBattle of the Transloy Ridge. [XIV. Corps, Fourth Army].
1917
13 to 22 AprilFighting on Hill 70 (Lens) [I. Corps, First Army].
20 November to 03 DecemberBATTLE OF CAMBRAI.
20 and 21 NovemberThe Tank Attack [III. Corps, Third Army].
23 to 28 NovemberCapture of Bourlon Wood [III. Corps, Third Army].
30 November to 03 DecemberThe German Counter-Attacks [III. Corps, Third Army].

Sources

  • Becke, 1934
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