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Veteran Machine Gunners

This page is specifically for all those ex-soldiers that so many people forget. May I thank you all for making our world what it is today, without you the whole world could be totally different and a much worse life than what we have now.

They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

There are various accounts of Machine-Gunners service that have been published in dedicated books, such as Crutchley (1975) and McBride (1935), and various more general books, for example, Fairley (1990). I have tried to accumulate as many of these as possible and list them within the References and Bibliography page. Should any additional pulications be identified by readers, notification would be appreciated through the contact page.

If, however, you are aware of a story not recorded elsewhere and wish to share it then, please contact me with your story and I will publish it online here.

My Grandfather:

My grandfather was a Machine Gunner in the Cheshire Regiment during the Second World War. He served in North Africa and Italy. It was my grandfather who started my interest in the Vickers Machine Gun for obvious reasons. He sadly died in January of 2000 aged 78. This site is dedicated to him.

To find out more about my Grandfather's service, please click the photograph of him in service below.

Pte. John Frederick Hinton


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