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6th Machine Gun Company

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

Brigade attached to: 6th Brigade
Division attached to: 2nd Division
Formed from the: Machine Gun Section of 1st Bn. The King's (Liverpool) Regiment
Machine Gun Section of 2nd Bn. The South Staffordshire Regiment
Machine Gun Section of 13th Bn. The Essex Regiment
Machine Gun Section of 17th Bn. The Middlesex Regiment

The 6th Bde. M.G. Coy. was formed on 04 January 1916 from the Machine Gun Sections of the listed infantry battalions.

On 04 March 1918, it was amalgamated with the 5th, 99th and 242nd Machine Gun Companies to form No. 2 Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.

As a unit of the 2nd Infantry Division, it will have taken part in the following battles and engagements.

1916
25 July to 09 AugustBattle of Delville Wood [XIII. Corps, Fourth Army].
17 and 28 JulyCapture and consilidation of Delville Wood.
08 and 09 AugustAttack of Waterlot Farm - Guillemont.
13 to 16 NovemberBattle of the Ancre [V. Corps, Fifth Army].
1917
11 January to 13 MarchOperations on the Ancre [II. Corps, Fifth Army].
17 and 18 FebruaryActions of Miraumont.
25 February to 02 MarchCapture of the Thilloys.
10 MarchCapture of Grevillers Trench (near Iries).
14 to 19 MarchGerman Retreat to the Hindenburg Line [II. Corps, Fifth Army].
BATTLES OF ARRAS
12 to 14 AprilBattle of Vimy Ridge [XIII. Corps, First Army].
28 and 29 AprilBattle of Arleux [XIII. Corps, Fifth Army].
03 MayThird Battle of the Scarpe [XIII. Corps, Fifth Army].
BATTLE OF CAMBRAI
27 and 28 NovemberCapture of Bourlon Wood [IV. Corps, Third Army].
30 November to 03 DecemberGerman Counter Attacks [IV. Corps, handed over on 1/12 to V. Corps, Third Army].

On the 11th November the 1st Division was resting and training around Fresnoy le Grand and Wassigny. Ordered to the Rhine, the 1st Division began its advance on the 18th November, entered Germany on the 16th December, and on the 24th the division reached its destination, the vicinity of Bonn.


Sources

  • Becke, 1934
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