FROGSMILE Posted 12 December , 2022 Share Posted 12 December , 2022 (edited) From the VickersMGblog: 31st Brigade Machine Gun Company A Machine Gun Company was attached to each Infantry Brigade and their subsequent Division. Brigade attached to:31st Brigade Division attached to:10th (Irish) Division Formed from the Machine Gun Sections of:5th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 6th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 5th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers 6th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers The 31st Bde. M.G. Coy. was formed on 11 May 1916 from the Machine Gun Sections of the listed infantry battalions. As a unit of the 10th (Irish) Division during this period, it will have taken part in the following battles and engagements. 1917 On the 18th August the 10th Division received orders to concentrate at Salonika; embarkation began on the 1st September and the first units of the Division reached Ismailia on the 5th; on the 22nd the first units left Moascar for Rafah, and by the 8th October all the units (except R.A. Hd. Qrs., LXVII Bde., R.F.A., and the D.A.C.) had left Moascar for the front. On the 16th October the Division completed its assembly at Rafah; 10th Division then joined XX Corps. 01 to 07 NovemberThird Battle of Gaza [XX Corps]. 06 NovemberCapture of the Sheria Positions [XX Corps]. 09 DecemberCapture of Jerusalem [on left of XX Corps]. 27 DecemberDefence of Jerusalem [XX Corps]. 1918 08 to 12 MarchTell ‘Asur [XX Corps]. Between April and June the 10th Division was Indianised. On 07 May 1918, it was amalgamated with the 29th and 30th Machine Gun Companies to form No. 10 Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. See also: 1.https://salonikacampaignsociety.org.uk/bsf/xvi-corps/10th-division/ 2.https://www.ciroca.org.uk/first-world-war-links/infantry-divisions-1914-18/10th-irish-division/ 3.https://www.nickmetcalfe.co.uk/nicks-books/blackersboys/the-evolution-of-the-regular-and-service-battalions-of-princess-victorias-royal-irish-fusiliers-1914-1918/ NB. The troops in Salonika suffered dreadfully from disease, especially Malaria, including the 10th (Irish) Division. There should in theory be a surviving War Diary for the 31st Coy MGC, although the details recorded are usually quite matter of fact and impersonal, they will give a broad idea of what was going on and can be cross referenced with the superior [Brigade and Divisional] War Diaries. Edited 12 December , 2022 by FROGSMILE Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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