THE FIRST TANK CREWS

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Gnr James McPartlin was in Daredevil's crew

Posted by firsttankcrews on February 6, 2017 at 1:55 AM

James, who was from Galashiels, was born on 6 Feb 1895, He joined the Army in 1915 and was allocated to D Coy. He was a member of D1 crew on 15 Sep 16, acording to the Adjt's notebook, and then his name is struck through so he may not have seen action on that day.  A Vickers machine gunner, James was allocated to C Crew on 25 Sep which supported the Reserve Army,  His diary shows he later served with No 11 Coy, part of D Battalion Tank Corps. From Jan - Oct 1918 James was in two hospitals at Stoke where he had three operations. As a result of his injuries, James was discharged from the Army and awarded the Silver War Badge.on 18 October 1918,

James returned to his home in Galashiels where he married Alice Pringle on 2 Sep 21 at Galashiels Catholic Church. They had a son named Patrick who was probably named after his grandfather.  James was employed as a power loom maintainer and died, aged only 59, on 24 Mar 54, Alice having pre-deceased him.

His 1918 diary is held by his grand-daughter Moira and it was featured on the BBC website in 2014 - see   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25830691. Moira says James was gassed as well as wounded during his service.  

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