C Company HQ
Photo (right) a C Company tank on the Somme 1916
Adjt: Capt Richard Earl Williams. Born New Brighton in the summer of 1889. Eldest son (fifth child) of shipowner’s freight clerk Richard Williams and his wife Ann Francis. A commercial, with previous Territorial Force (TF) service, he was commissioned into MMGS on 22 Sep 15. He deployed to France on 16 Aug 16 and was appointed Adjt C Bn on its formation. MID in Jan 17, he married Lillian Wallis on 26 Sep 17 at Wallasey with William Stockdale being a witness. Awarded MC for service with 3rd Tank Bn in Jun 18. He later transferred to the General List as Captain. After the war, he settled in Manchester. He rejoined the TF with serving in the Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry and was awarded TF War Medal in 1927 and TA Efficiency Medal in 1928. In 1931, his marriage ended in divorce and Richard died in 1953, aged 65, at Chester.
ASC officer – Capt Richard Ewart Trevithick. Born 7 Oct 1891 in Carlisle, the great- grandson of Richard Trevithick the engineer. Educated at Bilton grange school near Rugby then at Cheltenham College until 1909. He worked as an apprentice engineer at Crewe for five years after which he went to America to study Mechanical Engineering practice. He then worked as a manager with Dewrance in London, where he gained expertise on high pressure valves and associated equipment. Commissioned 2Lt ASC on 12 Oct 14, he deployed to France two weeks later with a MT company responsible for 120 vehicles. When 711 MT Coy was established, he instructed in tank driving and maintenance. He joined C Coy HS Machine Gun Corps (MGC) and at Elveden was placed in command of No 3 section. He moved with the first group of tanks to Le Havre where he managed the offloading whilst commanding 25 men. He then moved to the training area at Yvrench when he badly injured his knee. He later transferred to the MGC and then to the Tank Corps as it formed in July 17. He was employed with the Ministry of Munitions by Dec 17, working at Bristol and later in Whitehall. On 19 Jun 19, he married Marie Frederica Miller at St Margaret’s Church in Westminster. Their daughter Noel Claire Trevithick was born in 1926 whilst living in Chislehurst. Now a chartered Civil Engineer, he travelled overseas both before and after the Second World War. In the 1950s, he settled at Cheddington and died in Beaminster on 10 Apr 73.
Technical Officer – 2Lt Theodore Lateriner Wenger. Born 21 Feb 90 in Newcastle under Lyne, Staffs, the fourth son of an manufacturer of chemicals and ceramic colours. Educated at Newcastle High School then at Birmingham University where he studied Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. From 1913 until 1915 he worked for the Edison Coy in New York returning to Staffordshire in Aug 15 “to assist with the manufacturing of munitions” Enlisted as a Private soldier in 28th Bn London Regt Artists Rifles Offr Cadet Bn at Romford, he was commissioned into ASC as temp 2Lt on 15 May 16, He initially served at Grove Park MT Depot and then posted to 711 MT Coy at Elveden on 29 Jun 16 and deployed to France on 16 Aug 16 with C Coy. Throughout the first actions he was constantly on call to repair individual tanks –indeed he was mentioned in one of the first message for help (signal from Victor Smith commanding Casa). He was transferred as temp 2/Lt in MGC (HS) on 18 Nov to C Bn , as the new Bn formed, with seniority 15 May 16 and promoted T/Lt 1 Dec 16. He then moved to the B Bn Wksps Coy and was awarded MC for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in repairing a badly damaged tank under heavy shell fire and in full view of the enemy and driving it back to safety. He has consistently displayed a very high standard of determined courage and ability when engaged in salvage work, and has set a very fine example to all ranks. He joined No 2 Field Coy on 23 Jul 17 and was appointed 2IC on 26 Jul undertaking salvage work. He was appointed A/Maj while comding the Coy 21 Jan to 9 Feb 18 and then served as the Mech Engr at HQ Tank Field Bn from 26 Oct 18. Appointed A/Lt Col while comdg a 2nd Fd Bn from 23 Mar to 19 Oct 19, he supervised the removal or destruction of tank hulks from the battlefields. He visited the South Russia Tank Training Team arrived in Dec 19 and Jan 20. He relinquished commission on completion of service, 3 Jun ‘20, and granted the rank of Lt-Col. He played a major part in the erection of the Tank Memorial at Pozieres. He returned to Newcastle Under Lyne and became a director of the family firm. On 2 Sep 1938, departed London for Brisbane and having caught bacterial encarditus, he died aged 49 yrs on 1 May 39 at Mount St Evins Hosp Melbourne and is buried at The Melbourne General Cemetery in Carlton.
Quartermaster - Lt Charles Weaver-Price. Born at Brecon in 1876, his father was a railway station manager who later became a coal merchant. Educated at Christ’s College Brecon, Charles joined the South West Borderers as a TF soldier. Married Rhianedd Mary Gwendoline Jones in 1906; by 1911 they were living at Ashgrove at Llansypiddid near Brecon and their only son David was born 27 Jul 13. On the outbreak of war, Charles re-enlisted in the SWB then transferred to the MMGS and served as a Battery Sgt Major. He initially deployed to France on 12 Jul 15 and was commissioned into MGC 9 Dec 15. Awarded MC on 1 Jan 17 for his service during the first tank actions, he was appointed Eqpt Offr with C Bn then HQ 1st Tank Bde in early 17. He was Staff Capt Q at HQ Tank Corps during preparations for Battle of Cambrai - he planned and supervised the loading of 400 tanks at the Le Plateau siding, prior to battle, and led a packet of vehicles forward with replenishment stocks on 20 and 21 Nov. Appointed Chief Eqpt Offr and A/Maj from 16 Apr 18, he was appointed a Lt Col in the Eqpt Branch he was awarded OBE in 1919. Relinquishing his commission and granted rank of Lt Col on 17 Feb 20, he returned to Ashgrove where his wife Rhianedd died (aged 39) in early Nov 20. An acknowledged expert on bee-keeping, Charles broadcast radio programmes on bees from Cardiff in Nov 23 and Jun 24. In 1925, Charles married Eva Barley in Bath in 1925. He stayed in contact with his comrades and attended 1936 RTR Dinner. His son was KIA on 23 Jul 1940 whilst serving with the RAF. Died aged 67 on 27 Aug 43
2Lt Robert John Aitken. Born 1 Sep 94 at Guildford, the son of a colliery agent. Educated at Brighton, in 1911, he was working as an articled clerk to an auctioneer and estate agent at Southwick on Sussex. He enlisted aged 20 on 5 Sep 14 whilst engaged in poultry farming. Height 6’ 2”, wt 10st 10 lbs. Served as a Pte then LCpl in 19th Bn Royal Fusiliers. Applied for commission on 9 Mar 16 in France, returned to UK on 20 Mar 16 and posted to No 4 Offr Cadet Bn on 25 Mar 16. Commissioned into the HS MGC 14 April 16 and deployed to France on 16 Aug 16. Was in the Reserve Section in C Coy. Wounded on 26 Sep when his tank was hit. he went sick on 8 Oct suffering from headaches, sickness and rigors. Checked by RAMC doctor on 26 Mar 17 and found general health to be good; Aitken complains of attacks of vertigo. To be Lt 25 Oct 17. Suffered from neuralgia for rest of service; did not return to duty. Relinquished his commission on account of ill-health contracted on active service, and granted the hon rank of Lt on 25 Aug 18. On 7 Dec 18, he was living at the Ranch at Owermoigne near Bovington. On 5 May 21, he married a local girl called Gladys Hewitt and had a son and a daughter, After a short period living in Australia, the couple settled in Norfolk where Robert ran a poultry farm. From 1941 to 1971 he lived at Beechlands at Taverham and died, aged 77, in 1971
CSM Joseph Hackett. Deployed with C Coy advance party to
SQMS Harry Wolfe Jacobs. Born in Bristol, he was the son of a Polish boot factor, An accountant, Harry joined the Bristol University OTC then the MMGS. Deployed to
Sgt James David Smith
Sgt Albert William Bedford was commissioned as 2Lt in Tank Corps 29 Mar 18. In 1925, he lived at 13 High Street at Lee in SE London.
Sgt Robert Hillhouse. Born on 10 Oct 1886, at Denny, Robert was a carting contractor who married Janet Dunn on 27 Dec 12. They had two daughters. Just before C Company went into action, on 11 Sep 16, he was injured whilst rescuing a crewman on 11 Sep, from inside a tank which caught fire at the
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Sgt James (Jimmy) Noel later served with C Bn at