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43rd Machine Gun Company

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

Brigade attached to: 43rd Brigade
Division attached to: 14th (Light) Division
Formed from the: Machine Gun Section of 6th Bn. Somerset Light Infantry
Machine Gun Section of 6th Bn. Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Machine Gun Section of 6th Bn. King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)
Machine Gun Section of 10th Bn. Durham Light Infantry

The 43rd Bde. M.G. Coy. was formed at Houtkerque on 16 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 may 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 41st, 42nd, and 224th Machine Gun Companies to form No. 14 Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.


Sources

  • Becke, 1934
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