This portrait was painted posthumously from a photograph.
In 1914 each British infantry battalion had two .303 Maxim machine guns. These were replaced by the modern Vickers, which was produced in greater numbers as the First World War progressed. A total of 75,000 were eventually manufactured. In 1915 it was decided to concentrate these heavy, water-cooled weapons into the Machine Gun Corps. Local firepower for the infantry was provided by the lighter, man-portable Lewis Gun. In their role of providing offensive and defensive barrages, the Vickers machine gunners of the MGC were always a prime target for enemy fire. Casualties were so heavy (62,000 out of 170,000 officers and men) that the Corps was nicknamed the 'suicide club'.
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gift from the Trustees of the Middlesex Regimental Museum, 1994