The life stories of those who crewed the first tanks in September 1916

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A Company crewman Gnr Bert Day MM

Posted by firsttankcrews on February 7, 2017 at 2:25 PM

There is little information about A Company crewmen on this site as I can find no extant unit records.  However, I am pleased to say that Jeremy Banning has recently put me in contact with Pauline Gurling whose father Bert Day was a member of A Company. Not only that but his service record survived the Blitz, so we should be able to tell the story of his time with the tanks as well as his home life.  

Bert won a Military Medal (MM) for his actions on the opening day of the Battle of Amiens when his tank and nine others were destroyed by German anti-tank guns near Beaucourt. The MM citation states that, on 8 August 1918, he was first driver of his tank, which received four direct hits from an anti-tank gun and, although machine gun bullets were penetrating the tank he remained in his seat. His coolness and disregard to danger were a fine example to the remainder of his crew.


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