The Machine Gun Corps (MGC) Old Comrades’ Association is attempting to photograph all MGC graves and names on memorials.
It is hoping to commemorate every MGC soldier who lost their life during World War I. The MGC Old Comrades’ Association can provide a list of graves and memorials it needs photographed.
The MGC only existed for only eight years, but its Old Comrades’ Association still thrives many years after the unit ceased to exist and long after its last surviving member passed away.
The regiment was a dangerous place in which to serve. It was badly mauled during the spring offensive of 1918 as its members attempted to cover the retreat of other British troops and generally machine gunners were favoured targets of snipers. The MGC had the nickname of ‘The Suicide Club’ for good reason.
Anybody with an interest in the MGC and World War I history can join the Association. Annual membership is £13 and available via the website, which can be visited here.