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41st Machine Gun Company

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

Brigade attached to: 41st Brigade
Division attached to: 14th (Light) Division
Formed from the: Machine Gun Section of 7th Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps
Machine Gun Section of 8th Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps
Machine Gun Section of 7th Bn. Rifle Brigade
Machine Gun Section of 8th Bn. Rifle Brigade

The 41st Bde. M.G. Coy. was formed at Winnezeele on 15 February 1916 from the Machine Gun Sections of the listed infantry battalions.

As a unit of the 14th (Light) Infantry Division during this period, it will have taken part in the following battles and engagements.
1916
BATTLES OF THE SOMME
13 to 30 AugustBattle of Delville Wood [XV Corps, Fourth Army].
15 and 16 SeptemberBattle of Flers-Courcelette [XV Corps, Fourth Army].
1917
14 March to 05 AprilGerman Retreat to the Hindenburg Line [VII Corps, Third Army].
BATTLES OF ARRAS
09 to 12 AprilFirst Battle of the Scarpe [VII Corps, Third Army].
03 and 04 MayThird Battle of the Scarpe [VII Corps, Third Army].
BATTLES OF YPRES
18 AugustBattle of Langemarck [II Corps, Fifth Army].
22 to 26 AugustFighting on the Menin Road [II Corps, Fifth Army]. (41st Inf. Bde. until 28 August)
12 OctoberFirst Battle of Passchendale [X Corps, Second Army].

In March 1918, it was amalgamated with the 42nd, 43rd, and 224th Machine Gun Companies to form No. 14 Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.


Sources

  • Becke, 1934
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