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23rd Machine Gun Company

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

Brigade attached to: 23rd Brigade
Division attached to: 8th Division
Formed from the: Machine Gun Section of 2nd Bn. The Devonshire Regiment
Machine Gun Section of 2nd Bn. The West Yorkshire Regiment
Machine Gun Section of 2nd Bn. The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Machine Gun Section of 2nd Bn. The Middlesex Regiment
At the time of formation, the 7th Bn. The Middlesex Regiment was also within the Brigade; however, this unit transferred to the 167th Bde., 56th Div. on 08 February 1916 and it assumed to have taken its Machine Gun Section with it to form part of 167 MG Coy.

The 23rd Bde. M.G. Coy. was formed on 15 January 1916 from the Machine Gun Sections of the listed infantry battalions.

On 20 April 1918, it was amalgamated with the 24th, 25th and 218th Machine Gun Companies to form No. 8 Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.

As a unit of the 8th Infantry Division, it will have taken part in the following battles and engagements.

1916
BATTLES OF THE SOMME
01 JulyBattle of Albert [III. Corps, Fourth Army].
23 to 30 OctoberAttack on le Tresnoy [XIV. Corps, Fourth Army].
1917
04 MarchBouchavesnes [XV. Corps, Fourth Army].
14 March to 05 AprilGerman Retreat to the Hindenburg Line [XV. Corps, Fourth Army].
BATTLES OF YPRES
31 July and 01 AugustBattle of Pilckem Ridge [II. Corps, Fifth Army].
31 JulyAttack on Westhoek.
16 to 18 AugustBattle of Langemarck [II. Corps, Fifth Army].
1918
FIRST BATTLES OF THE SOMME
23 MarchBattle of St. Quentin [XIX. Corps, Fifth Army].
24 and 25 MarchActions at the Somme Crossings [XIX. Corps, Fifth Army].
26 and 27 MarchBattle of Rosieres [XIX. Corps, Fifth Army].

Sources

  • Becke, 1934
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