The crewmen were as follows:
Lt Herbert Hitchcock, the tank's skipper, was born on 12 November 1894 in Upper Teddington, between Hampton and Richmond in Surrey. His father, William, was a clerk at the War Office. Herbert entered Balliol College in 1913 but did not graduate, having volunteered to join the Army on the outbreak of war. He was initially commissioned into the Norfolk Regt but was attached to the MMGS on 27 August 1915, He served in France in 1915 and later was sent back to Great Britain to join the Heavy Section of the MGC. He was killed in action, aged 22 years, on 13 Nov 16 and was subsequently buried at the Mill Road cemetery near Thiepval,
His second in command was Cpl Alfred Taffs who initially served in the SWB. He first deployed to the Middle East, arriving in the theatre on 29 March 1915 on the same day that 2nd SWB arrived - so he may have served alongside Cecil Tippetts. Th Bn took part in the initial assault landing at Gallipoli, the whole unit less one company landiing at "S" beach at Morto Bay on 25 April - unlike many of the landings, resistance was light and the Bn came ashore with few casualties. Alfred probably served with the Machine Gun platoon as he later transferred to the MGC. He would deployed back to France with A Company on 14 September 1916, for his bravery two months later he was awarded the Military Medal. He was subsequently promoted to Sergeant and was appointed a Company Quartermaster Sergeant. He was later recommended for a commission and, after officer training, was commissioned into the KSLI on 14 April 1918. He served on until 2 Jun 1919 when he retired; his first contact address was Forrester's Farm at Dunkirk near Faversham but he soon moved to Pagitt Street In Chatham, After that he diasppears.
Sadly we know nothing about Gnrs Fred Ainley, Sydney Moss and Albert Tolley. We know not much more about about Gnr William Miles who was killed in action at St Pierre Divion on 13 November and is also buried at Mill Road cemetery. Probate records reveal that he was born in Birmingham but was living in Coventry when he volunteered to join the MMGS. He was a member of the Barras Road working men's club, in the centre of the city, and was living at 190 Clay Lane in Stoke to the east of the city. The other casualty, Gnr William Stanley who was removed from the battlefield, sadly died four days later. William, who was born in 1893 in Ashby de la Zouch, the eldest son of a self employed cycle maker who ran his business in Market Street. William junior was living at 15 Belgrave Street in Burnley when he enlisted into the MGC. There is little known about his service except about his fatal injury but a photograph was published in the local Burnley newspapers, after his death, which you can find in the website photo albums.
The final member of the crew was the driver, LCpl Reginald Bevan. He suffered injures to his face from splinters; sadly a common wound for drivers and commanders in the early tanks. He was awarded the Military Medal for his bravery on 13 November 1916. He stayed with the tanks and transferred to the MGC; his regimental number shows this might have been later than most of the ASC who transferred in early 1917. He was promoted to Sergeant and was Mentioned in Despatches in December 1917; this probably was a result of his service at the Battle of Cambrai. He was subsequently selected for officer training and commissioned into the Tank Corps; being appointed an Equipment Officer on 6 December 1918. When he retired, he was living at Kew Palace.