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 Sydney A 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. He was born in Birmingham in 1886; one of five brothers and two sisters, the family moved to Smethwick in 1892 and then to Coventry in 1911 where he became a window cleaner. He married Mary Gertrude Troop in 1914 and they had a daughter named Doris. They were living at 190 Clay Lane when William volunteered to join the MMGS. He was a member of the Barras Road working men's club, in the centre of the city,where he is remembered. Sadly May and Willliam did not have children. Family information provided by his great nephew Martin Miles who is a member of this site.
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.
Gnr Fred Ainley, who was awarded the Military Medal for his actions, was also badly injured by a gunshot wound to the right wrist. Born on 17 Feb 1897, at Parkgate near Rawmarsh in Yorkshire, he was a piano builder when he enlisted at Coventry into the MGC (Motors) in Jan 1916 and deployed to France on 15 Sep 1916. After his injury, he was evacuated to the 2nd Western General Hospital at Manchester where he was admitted on 5 December. the bullet also fractured his wrist but he was sufficiently well to be discharged on 20 Jan 17. He was then posted to G Battalion but was soon transferred to the Northern Command Depot owing to his wrist injury made him wholly unfit for further service. He was discharged on 2 Feb 1918 and granted the Silver War badge and a pension.
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.