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87th Machine Gun Company

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

Brigade attached to: 87th Brigade
Division attached to: 29th Division
Formed from the: Machine Gun Section of 2nd Bn. South Wales Borderers
Machine Gun Section of 1st Bn. King's Own Scottish Borderers
Machine Gun Section of 1st Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Machine Gun Section of 1st Bn. Border Regiment

The 87th M.G. Coy. was formed on the 16 February 1916, at Suez. It is likely to have been formed from the Machine Gun Sections of the listed infantry battalions.

On 15 February, 1918, it was amalgamated with the 86th, 88th and 227th Machine Gun Companies to form No. 29 Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.

As a unit of the 29th Division, it will have taken part in the following battles and engagements.

After the Evacuation of Helles, the 29th Division moved to Egypt and was concentrated at Suez. On 25th February orders were received for the early move of the division to France. Embarking in March, the division disembarked at Marseille, and between 15-29 March it effected its concentration on the Somme, east of Pont Remy. For the rest of the Great War the 29th Division served on the Western Front in France and Belgium.

01 JulyBattle of Albert [VIII. Corps, Fourth Army].
10 to 18 OctoberBattle of the Transloy Ridges (88th Bde. with 12th Div.) [XV. Corps, Fourth Army].
27 JanuaryLe Transloy (87th Bde.) [XIV. Corps, Fourth Army].
28 FebruarySaillisel (86th Bde.) [XIV. Corps, Fourth Army].
12 to 14 AprilFirst Battle of the Scarpe [VI. Corps, Third Army].
23 and 24 AprilSecond Battle of the Scarpe [VI. Corps, Third Army].
03 and 04 MayThird Battle of the Scarpe [VI. Corps, Third Army].
16 to 18 AprilBattle of Langemarck [XIV. Corps, Fifth Army].
04 OctoberBattle of Broodseinde [XIV. Corps, Fifth Army].
09 OctoberBattle of Poelcappelle [XIV. Corps, Fifth Army].
20 and 21 NovemberThe Tank Attack [III. Corps, Third Army].
30 November to 03 DecemberGerman Counter-Attacks [III. Corps, Third Army].


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