· 2724 CSM Joseph Hackett. Volunteered to join MMGS. Deployed with C Coy advance party to France on 16 Aug 16. Later RSM of C Bn, he was commissioned on 15 Mar 17 into the Northumberland Fusiliers. Promoted Lt on 19 Sep 18; then appointed A/Capt on 27 Sep 18, whilst commanding a section of tanks. Relinquished A/Capt on ceasing to comd a Sect on 2 April 1919. His Medal Index Card (MIC) shows his retirement address as 24 Gertrude Rd, West Bridgeford. Notts; he was still living there in 1925.
· 1654 CQMS Gordon Ferguson Bainbridge. Possibly born in Edinburgh 83, in 1901 he is shown as an 18 year old scholar living at Brunstane House, Arboretum Road Edinburgh ; the eldest son of a printer Andrew F Bainbridge and his wife Ellen. A Gordon F Bainbridge (a merchant aged 27) returned from Sekundi (Western Ghana) to Plymouth arriving in June 1915 but this makes his date of birth as 1888. Shown as A/Sgt MGC he deployed to France on 24 Aug 16; later A/WO2 in the Tank Corps, he was Commissioned 17 Sep 17, he was appointed actg Lt while employed as an Eqpt Offr on 23 Sep 17. He served with HQ Tank Corps during Battle of Cambrai may have bought forward a packet of trucks carrying machine guns and others spares parts. Appointed A/Major while employed as Eqpt Offr at HQ Tank Corps from 26 Oct 18 to 21 Feb 20 when he retuned to civilian life His MIC shows home address as Glenmore Rd, Belsize RD NW London. In 1925 he was living in British East Africa (Kenya). Died on 16 Aug 1927; buried at Forest Road Cemetery in Nairobi.
· 32011 SQMS Harry Wolfe Jacobs RE. Born April to Jun 95 (poss 7 Jun) and registered in Bristol. Probably the fourth child (third son) of (Russian born) Samuel H Jacobs a freeman tailor and his wife (Polish born) Mary Fingenbone; in 1901 living in 67 Coronation Rd, Bedminster Bristol. He joined the MGC and was deployed to France on 16 Aug 16. Commissioned 2Lt HS MGC on 15 Feb 17 as an Eqpt Offr and appointed Lt 17 Jun 17; he relinquished A/Capt on ceasing to be an Eqpt Offr on 22 Nov 17; He was again appointed A/Capt while employed as Snr Eqpt Offr 6 Jan 18 then A/Capt while employed as Bn Eqpt Offr from 10 Sep to 18 Oct 18. Possible Gazette link to Lt HW Jacobs RE - relinquished commission 1 Apr 19 and retained rank of 2Lt. Home address shown as 20 Bayswater Rd, Redland Bristol. He married Marie Wilkes and they had one child. MIC shows entitlement to emblem - MID tbc. Possibly died in Jan Mar 1971 in Sutton, Surrey.
· 2526 Armr SSgt H Taylor. Deployed to France on 24 Aug 16 possibly SSgt HE Taylor ASC. Living in 1925 at 213a Broad St, Pendleton, Manchester.
· 2231 Sgt James David Smith Anderson. Born at Bridgeend House Musselborough at 1 pm on 28 Dec 81, the son of Sgt George Anderson 7th Dragoon Gds and Margret Jane Anderson (nee Wood) who had married 10 Dec 80 at High St Musselborough. An engineer, and resident at 18 Markethall, Musselborough, he arrived from Rangoon on 17 May 1915 at Liverpool. He deployed to France on 16 Aug 16 and later rebagded as 310673 A/CQMS RE possibly serving with Tank Signals unit. In 1926 he was working with the Oriental Telegraph Co at Rangoon. On 25 May 1942, CQMS JDS Anderson of the Burma Auxiliary Force died - he is buried at the Imphal CWGC cemetery. The Auxiliary Force were manned by British nationals based in Rangoon and in other Burmese towns. Stephen Rothwell of http://www.rothwell.force9.co.uk/burmaweb/BAF.htm located JDS Anderson in a list of civilian casualties who died in India at Imphal on 4th May 1942. He is described as having been CSM of 3rd (sic) Fd Bde, Rangoon. This was a locally raised volunteer artillery which took part on the fighting withdrawl from Rangoon. The date is different from that held by the CWGC, either due to an inaccuracy in reporting or uncertainty of the exact date of Mr Anderson's death. Many were assigned a date of death of 27th May 1942 where the details were unknown or doubtful, this date being the official end of the campaign.
· 2206 Sgt Albert William Bedford, entered France 16 Aug 16. He was allocated new number 206222 when transferred to the Tank Corps. He was commissioned as 2Lt in Tank Corps 29 Mar 18. When he reliquished his commissioned, he home address shown as 13 High St Lee London SE13.
· 2258 Sgt Robert Hillhouse. Born 86 in Kilpatrick, Dunbartonshire, eldest son of John and Isabella Hillhouse. In 1901, he was employed as a railway clerk and living at Oakbank Old Kilpatrick. Married Janet Dunn (aged 29) on 27 Dec 12 they possibly had two daughters. Enlisted MMGS at Coventry and deployed to France on 16 Aug 16. Injured whilst rescuing a crewman on 11 Sep, from inside a tank which caught fire at the Loop; Gnr Callaghan was also injured in this incident. Mentioned In Despatches.. Served with C Coy and then was transferred to C Bn on its formation. KIA/Dow aged 31 on 11 April 17, whilst serving with C Coy at Arras. Son of the late John and Isabella Hillhouse of Stoneywood, Denny; husband of Janet Hillhouse of 78 Broad St, Denny. Commemorated on the Arras memorial and at Denny and Dunipace cemetery. Stirlingshire. CWGC
· 2744 Sgt Alfred Edward Howard was born Manchester in April 1882; employed as a correspondent / Commercial Traveller. He married Elizabeth Mills on 24 Mar 1902 at St Thomas Church, Ardwick in Manchester. They had two children Percy and Claude. Attested at Wilmslow at 8 Dec 15 aged 33 years 8 months. Mobilised 12 Dec transferred to the ACS on 1 Apr 16 then to HS MGC 4 May; appointed LCpl 8 May and posted to C Coy 25 May 16. A /Sgt paid (seniority 27 Jun 16) and deployed to France 24 Aug 16. Wounded during action on 15 Sep 16 (GSW to head); admitted 34 CCS at Grove Town Station (on the same day) then to 11 Gen Hosp (Dannes), then on HS Asturias on 27 Sep, later to 2nd Western Gen Hosp (Manchester). Wound healed 21 Nov but he later developed influenza. Granted leave 6 to 15 Feb 17, having been declared fit for duty, and posted to Depot Bn at Bovington on 20 Feb 17. Renumbered 205438. Checked by medical board, who indicate that he was category CII and that his head wound was not to be seen again for 3 months. Re-categorized to B1 on 12 Jul 17. Employed as an instructor, qualified on Vickers and Hotchkiss guns, 6lb and musketry, also Pigeons, gas, revolver and reconnaissance. Leave granted Jul 18 and daughter Ethel Maud born 10 Feb 19. Transferred to Army Reserve 26 Mar 19.
· 2243 Sgt James Albert John Macgregor born c15 Jun 1896 at Fetteresso near Stonehaven Aberdeeenhire; the son of George Macgregor. Enlisted whilst working as a (Shop) chemists assistant having worked since Sep 1911 for the Northern Cooperative Co at Aberdeen. He enlisted at Aberdeen on 13 Aug 1915. he transferred to MGC on 1 Dec 1915; to ACS on 1 Apr 1916 appointed ALCpl on 13 Apr - and to the Heavy Section on 4 May. Promoted ACpl (paid LCpl) on 15 May and posted to C Coy on 27 May; promoted ASgt (Paid Cpl) on 27 Jun and ASgt on 16 Aug, the date he deployed to France. Posted as a Sgt to C Bn on its formation, he was appointed 1st Class tank machinist on 6 August 1917. Later 200535 Tank Corps he was wounded on 20 Nov 17, during the opening actions of the battle of Cambrai. He returned to the UK on 16 Oct 1918 and after serving at the Depot, was posted to 22nd Lt Bn as Sgt. Discharged from Fovant on 23 Mar 1919. His service ended on 20 Apr 1919. Claimed and awarded 20% disability pension for DAH from 1 Apr 1919 for one year; address still 14 Crown St at Aberdeen.
· 2714 Sgt James (Jimmy) Noel Possibly born 93 he deployed to France on 16 Aug 16. . Later served with C Bn at Arras; took part in 51st Highland Div attack on the Chemical works at Roeux. Awarded DCM and Medaille Militaire. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the Battle of Arras, on April 23, 17, this NCO took command of his tank after his officer had been wounded. He fought his tank with great gallantry and skill, putting out of action many machine-guns and killing numbers of the enemy, besides taking fifty prisoners. His action enabled the infantry to gain possession of the chemical works. He then brought his tank safely back to its starting-point. His skill and gallantry were beyond praise. He was continually in action for nine hrs on this occasion. LG shows home town was Woolwich. Later 205054 Tank Corps his Medaille Militaire gazetted on 16 Aug 18. In 1919 he was on the strength of A Coy Central School Tank Corps at Bovington he came 7th overall in a cross country running race at Salisbury. He also fought as a featherweight boxer, representing the Tank Training Centre at the Home Army and Sothern Command Championships, he won his bout and the team won the event. Awarded the Victor Ludorum Cup as the Tank Corps best all round sportsman (Dec 1919). Served on in the Regular Army, he reached the rank of RQMS before being commisisoned as Lt (QM) 1st Apr 1934. Promoted Capt (QM) on 1 Apr 40 and Major (QM) on 1 Apr 1946, he was placed on retired pay on 28 June 1948. Later an active member of the Tanks Old Comrades Association.
- 2184 Sgt EP Williams deployed to France on 16 Aug 16. In 1925 living in Fairfield, Allensbank Road, Cardiff