The Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) units of 1914-1918

This section of the Long, Long Trail will be helpful for anyone wishing to find out about the history of the units of the MGC (Cavalry) units of the Machine Gun Corps.

Establishment

The MGC (Cavalry) Squadron consisted of 8 officers and 203 other ranks, equipped with 299 horses, 18 limbers, 1 GS wagon and 1 water cart. These were formed up into six two-gun sections each of a Subaltern, 33 men and 46 horses. The Squadron was commanded by a Captain or Major.

A depot for the MGC (Cavalry) was formed at Maresfield.

Note that several yeomanry regiments formed MGC (Infantry) Battalions in 1918.

Machine Gun Cavalry Brigade Squadrons
1 Formed 28 February 1916 for 1st Cavalry Brigade in 1st Cavalry Division. Machine gun sections taken from 2nd and 5th Dragoon Guards and 11th Hussars.
2 Formed 28 February 1916 for 2nd Cavalry Brigade in 1st Cavalry Division. Machine gun sections taken from 4th Dragoon Guards, 9th Lancers and 16th Hussars.
3 Formed 29 February 1916 for 3rd Cavalry Brigade in 2nd Cavalry Division. Machine gun sections taken from 4th Hussars and 5th and 16th Lancers.
4 Formed 28 February 1916 for 4th Cavalry Brigade in 2nd Cavalry Division. Machine gun sections taken from 6th Dragoon Guards, 3rd Hussars and Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars.
5 Formed 26 February 1916 for 5th Cavalry Brigade in 2nd Cavalry Division. Machine gun sections taken from 2nd Dragoons, 12th Lancers and 20th Hussars.
6 Formed 29 February 1916 for 6th Cavalry Brigade in 3rd Cavalry Division. Machine gun sections taken from 1st Dragoons, 3rd Dragoon Guards and North Somerset Yeomanry.
7 Formed 29 February 1916 for 7th Cavalry Brigade in 3rd Cavalry Division.
Machine gun sections taken from 1st and 2nd Life Guards and Leicestershire Yeomanry. Broken up 14 April 1918.
8 Formed 29 February 1916 for 8th Cavalry Brigade in 3rd Cavalry Division. Machine gun sections taken from Royal Horse Guards, 10th Hussars and Essex Yeomanry. Moved to 7th Cavalry Brigade 11 March 1918.
9 Formed 28 February 1916 for 3rd Cavalry Brigade in 1st Cavalry Division. Machine gun sections taken from 15th and 19th Hussars and Bedfordshire Yeomanry.
10 Formed after February 1916 in 2nd (Sialkot) Brigade in 1st Indian Cavalry Division. Machine gun sections taken from 17th and 19th Lancers and 6th King Edward's Own Cavalry (the latter being of the Indian Army).
11 Formed 29 February 1916 for 5th (Mhow) Brigade in 1st Indian Cavalry Division.
Machine gun sections taken from 6th Inniskilling Dragoons, 2nd Lancers and 38th King George's Own Central Indian Horse (the latter being of the Indian Army). Broken up 14 April 1918.
12 Formed 29 February 1916 for 8th (Lucknow) Brigade in 1st Indian Cavalry Division. Machine gun sections taken from 29th Lancers (Deccan Horse) and 36th Jacob's Horse (of the Indian Army). Broken up 14 April 1918.
13 Formed 29 February 1916 for 13th (Secunderabad) Brigade in 2nd Indian Cavalry Division. Machine gun sections taken from 7th Dragoon Guards, Poona Horse and 20th Deccan Horse (both of the Indian Army).
14 Formed 29 February 1916 for 14th (Ambala) Brigade in 2nd Indian Cavalry Division. Machine gun sections taken from 8th Hussars, 18th Lancers and 9th Hodson's Horse (of the Indian Army).
15 Formed 29 February 1916 for 15th (Meerut) Brigade in 2nd Indian Cavalry Division. Machine gun sections taken from 13th Hussars, 14th Lancers and Watson's Horse (of the Indian Army).
16 Formed in 5th Mounted Brigade
17 Formed in 6th Mounted Brigade
18 Formed in 22nd Mounted Brigade
19 Formed in 5th Mounted Brigade
20 Formed in 7th Mounted Brigade
21 Formed in 8th Mounted Brigade
22, 23 and 24 Formed in 1st Indian Mounted Brigade
25 Formed in 11th Indian Mounted Brigade
26 Formed in Camel Corps
Canadian Canadian Cavalry Brigade. Independent command, joined in 3rd Cavalry Division 13 March 1918. Machine gun sections taken from Royal Canadian Dragoons, Lord Strathcona's Horse and Fort Garry Horse.