THE FIRST TANK CREWS

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


Lest We Forget

FIRST TANK CREW DEATHS 1916 - 1920

Gnr Cyril Coles (pictured right) - first tank crewman to be killed in action


KIA = Killed in Action                                         DOW = Died of Wounds

15 September 1916

Horace Brotherwood (C1) - KIA aged 18 near Pozieres.

Bertie Giles (C14) - KIA aged 18 at Bouleaux Wood.

Gerald Pattinson (C14) - KIA aged 30 at Bouleaux Wood.

George Macpherson (C20) - DOW aged 20 at Grovetown.

Edgar Barnsby (D5) - KIA aged 25 near Flers.

Leslie Gutsell (D5) - KIA aged 20 near Flers.

Fred Bardsley (D6) - KIA aged 24 near Gueudecourt.

George Cook (D6) - KIA aged 29 near Gueudecourt

John Garner (D6) - KIA aged 25 near Gueudecourt.

William Debenham (D12) - KIA aged 24 near Flers.

Cyril Coles (D15) - KIA aged 23 near Flers.

Charles Hoban (D15) - KIA aged 29 near Flers.

 

16 September 1916

Reginald Legge (D6) - DOW aged 24 at Gueudecourt.

Alfred Andrew (D9) - KIA aged 29 near Flers.

Ronald Chapple (D9) - KIA aged 19 near Flers.

William Barber (D14) - KIA aged 25 near Gueudecourt.

Gordon Court (D14) - KIA aged 23 near Gueudecourt.

Thomas Cromack (D14) - KIA aged 36 near Gueudecourt.

Joseph Crowe (D14) - KIA aged 24 near Gueudecourt.

Andrew Lawson (D14) - KIA aged 21 near Gueudecourt. 

George Mann (D14) - KIA aged 24 near Gueudecourt.

Robert Pebody (D14) - DOW aged 20 near Gueudecourt

Lawrence Upton (D14) - DOW aged 24 near Gueudecourt.

 

22 September 1916

Tom Wilson (D15) - DOW aged 28 at Mericourt.

 

26 September 1916

Fred Horrocks (D Coy) - KIA aged 34 at Delville Wood.

 

28 September 1916

Frank Bull (C Coy) - DOW aged 25 at Grovetown. 

 

2 November 1916

Meurig Jones (D Coy) –died aged 30 at Etaples

 

4 November 1916

Arthur Ritchie (C14) - DOW aged 21 at Abbeville.

 

9 February 1917

Walter Atkins (D20) - died aged 21 at Wareham Military Hospital.

 

9 April 1917

Ewart Doodson (D1) – DOW aged 18 near Thelus

Frank Styring (D20) - KIA aged 27 near Beaurains. 

Maurice Voile (C Coy) - KIA aged 24 near Beaurains  

 

11 April 1917

Robert Hillhouse (C Coy) - KIA aged 31 near Arras 

Harry Leat (D1) - KIA aged 22 at Bullecourt

 

15 April 1917

Herbert Thacker MM (D6) - drowned near Milos

 

24 April 1917

Leslie Reeve (D24) - DOW received whilst driving Diana  

 

3 May 1917

Oswald Clayton (D4) - KIA aged 35 at Bullecourt

Clarence Kilminster (C Coy) - DOW aged 24 at Duisens.

George Thomas (D5) - KIA aged 26 at Bullecourt.

 

9 June 1917

John Allen MC (C6) - DOW aged 30 at Ballieul.

 

4 July 1917

Philip Evans (C Coy) - KIA aged 21 at Oosthoek Wood. 

 

31 July 1917

Lionel Griffin (C Coy) - KIA aged 31 near Ypres.

 

15 August 1917

George Wootley - KIA aged 29 near Ypres

 

16 August 1917

Alfred Williams - KIA aged 29 near Ypres.

 

22 August 1917

William Hudson - KIA aged 20 near Ypres

 

23 September 1917

Percy Raworth MM (D22) - DOW aged 27 near Ypres.  

 

9 October 1917

Eddie Williams MM (D8) - KIA aged 25 at Poelcapelle

 

10 November 1917

Len Bates (C Coy) - died aged 32 of injuries at Dublin

 

13 November 1917

John Newell (C Coy) - DOW aged 24 in hospital in Glasgow. 

 

20 November 1917

Horace Allebone (D12) - KIA aged 28 at Flesquieres. 

George Foot DCM (D21) - KIA age 20 at Flesquieres.

Harry Tiffin (C Coy) - KIA aged 25 near Le Quennet Farm.

 

25 November 1917

Lawrence Rowntree (C5) - KIA aged 22 near Ypres

 

27 November 1917                       

John Starkey (D23) – KIA aged 21 near Fontaine Notre Dame  

 

30 November 1917

Leonard Haygarth (D10) - DOW aged 27

 

21 March 1918

Lionel Britt (D10) - KIA on his 26th birthday

Wilfred Jaques (D6) - KIA aged 37

 

22 March 1918

John Wells (D24) - KIA age 25 

 

23 March 1918

Walter Gammon (D Coy) - KIA aged 32 near Bray sur Somme.

 

8 August 1918

Herbert Pryce (C Coy) - KIA aged 21 near Le Quesnel.

 

10 August 1918

William Moss (D11) - KIA aged 21 near Bouchoir  

 

2 September 1918

George Caffrey (C18) - KIA aged 23 near Beugny.

 

3 September 1918

Hugh Bell (D2) - KIA aged 39 at Haucourt.

 

4 September 1918

Charles Bond (D15) - died, aged 26, of tuberculosis at Wembdon.

 

29 September 1918

Ernest Phillips (D10) - KIA aged 28 near Bellicourt.

 

8 October 1918

Wilfred Bolingbroke ( C Coy) - KIA aged 22 near Serain.

Arnold Ross Peace (C Coy) – DOW aged 25 at Rouen.

 

4 November 1918

Eric Robinson (D22) - KIA aged 26 at Cotillon sur Sambe

 

20 November 1918

Neville Tattersfield (C Coy) - died from influenza at Wareham

 

31 January 1919

Alfred Bloomfield (D13) - died aged 32 at Erin.

 

12 May 1919

Arthur Inglis DSO (C5) - DoW aged 34 at his home at Prestbury.

 

29 November 1919

George Shepherd DCM (C5) - took his own life aged 27 at Liverpool