THE FIRST TANK CREWS

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


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Pauline
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72 years old
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I  live in London, overlooking Epping Forest and the city.  I have a daughter Nina, of whom I am very proud.  She lives on the edge of Derbyshire and runs her own business as a chiropractor.  I am retired and spend my time researching family history.  I also sing and belong to 2 choirs.  I have a very long garden which I try to keep under control and am always out there when the sun is shining!!



CyprusIII
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Can you let me know why you are interested in the men who fought at Flers Courcellette

My grandfather, Ernest Thornton, transferred from MGC to C Battalion of the Tank Corps 20/11/1916. He was awarded the MM in Aug 1918. I'm visiting Cambrai in Nov 2017 and am interested in learning more about tank crews in the early days and particularly C Battalion.


Grant Bage
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I've always been very interested in history and have a professional background in education. My father was a rear gunner in Bomber Command during World War 2 and my grandfather fought in tanks during World War 1: so I have a particular personal interest in their wartime experiences. 


Can you let me know why you are interested in the men who fought at Flers Courcellette

I have messaged separately on this at more length but briefly: I have no World War 1 records or mementos of my Grandfather's war service, but he told my father and other family members that he fought and was injured in one of the earliest tank battles in World War 1. I would like to explore and if possible verify that family story. I deeply regret not talking to my Grandfather directly about that experience before he died in 1977.


Graham Howard
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Ed Franklin
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Shadowsir2
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Grandson of L/Cpl Garfield Williams of the 8th Tank Battn.Awarded M.M. For actions at the Beaurevoir Line 3 October 1918. Survived the war.



tony840
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58 years old

Tim Bell
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Interest in WWI in general & Manchester Pals and Flers, bcause that's where my Grandad was wounded on 12/10/1916.



Mr John C Allen
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72 years old

Graham 'Penfold' Smith
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62 years old
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Retired plod......30 years at the sharp end and bl**dy glad to see the back of it.

My profile picture is from my retirement year of 2010 when myself and four other guys cycled the length of the D-day landing beaches. Having a right royal laugh at the antics along the way.

Read all about it here:

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/Penfoldsmith

Grandfather served with the local TF then joined 1/6th South Staffs in WW1 near Hill 60. (survived)

Uncle was part of 6 Airlanding brigade (Ox&Bucks) landing by Horsa on D-day near Ranville.

He was WIA on D-day +6 shipped back to Blighty but returned to his unit for battle of Bulge and the Rhine crossing. Served in Palestine prior to de-mob.



Can you let me know why you are interested in the men who fought at Flers Courcellette

Its as simple as the development of the tank as a machine of war interests me. Those brave men of WW1 and those first uses of 'tanks' is of such historical importance.


D9443
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54 years old
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Served in 1 RTR.

My Great Uncle was in Tank Corps, KIA 8/81918, based on research I believe he may have died in tank number D9443, C Coy 13th. Battalion.  The Officer commanding was wounded and taken prisoner.


Can you let me know why you are interested in the men who fought at Flers Courcellette

1 RTR and Great uncle, as above.


NeilM
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64 years old

Chuck
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Male
66 years old

Gwyn Evans
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Male
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Can you let me know why you are interested in the men who fought at Flers Courcellette

Tank researcher


RogerUHCA
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AGC
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78 years old
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My Father was one of the first Tank Crews, George Frederick Childs all I have are his Medal Re his Regtl Number was 305293 Corps : Tank Corps Pte -  Victor Medal - TC/101B15 - Page 2510.

Also British Medal as a Corporal and Victory Medal Ki/101B9 Page 1598

He was also a Pte Corps ASC Reg No M2/019131 with Victory and 15star RASC/1/B Page 567



Can you let me know why you are interested in the men who fought at Flers Courcellette

I would like to know more


Graham Bown
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LesleyScarborough
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Newly-retired former PA to Secondary School Headteacher and History Graduate.


Can you let me know why you are interested in the men who fought at Flers Courcellette

I'm researching the 27 men on our local war memorial, including Gunner Lawrence Rowntree of Creme de Menthe


michael williams
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70 years old

Barrie Southerden
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51 years old
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I've discovered that my great uncle , Gnr 97020 Alfred PEPPER was transfered to the Tank Corps on 31 Aug 1917. He was captured at Reminel (?) on 25.Apr 1918. He was repatriated on 2 Nov 1918.

This has obviously created a great deal of interest in the Tank Corps


Can you let me know why you are interested in the men who fought at Flers Courcellette

General interest

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