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Royal Horse Guards (The Blues)

The Royal Horse Guards was a Household Cavalry Regiment that would have had an MG Section as part of its Regimental Headquarters. These weapons would have been brigaded when the Machine Gun Corps was formed in 1915. The guns, and crews, would have been formed into a Machine Gun Squadron.

The RHG was part of the 7th Cavalry Brigade on its formation on 01 September 1914. It transferred to the 8th Cavalry Brigade on 21 November 1914.

As a unit of the respective Brigades of the 3rd Cavalry Division, the MG Section will have taken part in the following battles and engagements.

09 and 10 OctoberAntwerp Operations [IV. Corps].
19 October to 20 NovemberBATTLES OF YPRES
21 to 24 OctoberBattle of Langemarck [IV. Corps].
29 to 31 OctoberBattle of Gheluvelt [I. Corps].
11 NovemberBattle of Nonne Bosschen [I. Corps].
11 to 13 MayBattle of Frezenberg Ridge [Cav. Corps, until 12 May, then Cav. Force, Second Army].
26 to 28 SeptemberBattle of Loos (Defence of Loos) [IV. Corps, First Army].

In 1922, the Machine Gun Corps was disbanded and the guns returned to the Cavalry Regiment as a Machine Gun Platoon and then formed as a Machine Gun Company in the early 1930s.

This remained until the formation of Divisional Machine Gun Battalions in 1936 where guns were brigaded once again. As Cavalry regiments were largely mechanised, their use would have been as per the Royal Armoured Corps and Tank Regiment.


  • Becke, 1934
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