· 32337 Charles W P Aggis was born March 1897 at West Hartlepool Co Durham. He was the second son of insurance agent Carlo Giuseppe and Aurelia MG Aggis. He enlisted into the MGC on 10 Dec 1915 at West Hartlepool, aged 18 years 8 Months a chauffeur and mechanic. Service reckons from 4 Apr 16; authorised 20 Apr 16 at Bisley. Army trade recorded as cyclist / orderly. Wounded (GSW hand and chin) in Sep 1916. Admitted at 12 Stat Hosp St Pol on 15 Feb 17 with mild rheumatism; transferred to the Cdn Gen Hosp at Etaples on 24 Feb then to UK on SS Dieppe on 25 Feb. Treated at Bradford War Hospital from 28 Feb to 31 Mar 17. Posted to Depot Bn at Bovington and embarked back to BEF on 22 Jun 1917 with 2 Salvage Coy. Granted Class 1 pay on 29 Sep 17 Appointed paid LCpl on 14 Oct 17, wounded (GS wound to the knee) on duty 12 Nov 17. Granted UK leave from 2 Tank Field Coy (renamed therefore) from 8 to 22 Jan 1918. Appointed a/Cpl (paid) and second class mechanist on 1 Apr 18, he was hospitalised 16 to 21 May 18. Promoted Cpl and appointed second class TM Cpl on 1 Jun 18. Proceeded to UK on 29 Jun as an RAF cadet posted back to A Coy Tank Depot by 21 Jan 19. Dispersed from Ripon on 26 Jan. Transferred to Z Reserve 23 Feb 19 – home address the Furze West Hartlepool. No further details on Ancestry but possibly a son Charles W Aggis (mother Poole) born 1941 in Hartlepool.
· 2951 Gnr A Barrett – no obvious contender perhaps Pte Alfred Barrett 205640.
· 33232 Gnr John Joseph Coles. Probably born on 13 Apr 94 at Westgate on Sea. A motor cycle mechanic, he enlisted 19 Feb 16, attested at Herne Bay Kent with a preference for the Royal Flying Corps.NOK was his Father John Joseph Coles of 3 Alpha Villas, Belmont Rd, Westcliffe on Sea. Listed as CofE, he first joined for duty at Coventry on 15 Mar 16 and accepted for MMGS at Bisley on 27 Mar 16. He was admitted to Woking Military Hosp 29 Mar to 27 Apr 16 with diaphragmatic pleurisy. He married Dorothy Frances Marion Webb at the Registry Office Thanet on 3 May 16. He was posted to HS MGC the next day; posted to B Coy on 27 May; to the "Park" on 9 Jun 16 and finally to D Coy on 24 Jun 16. He proceeded overseas on 28 August and continued to serve with D Bn on its formation. On 29 Dec 16 he was admitted to Hosp and was treated at 53 Fd Amb until 10 Jan ‘17. On 12 Jun 17 when he was posted to the Reinforcement Depot and then on 25 Jul joined the HSMGC HQ (later Tank Corps HQ). He was granted UK leave from 4 to 14 Aug 17, and then returned to the Tank HQ. On 12 Oct 18, he was posted to HQ 6 Tank Bde on its formation. Admitted to 125 Hospital at St Pol with influenza from 18 Nov to 5 Dec 18 then granted UK from 12 to 26 Dec; reported as absent returning from leave to HQ 6 Tk Bde on 20 Jan 19; he returned to the Tank Depot on 10 May 19 in the UK; demobilised from Crystal Palace on 29 Aug and transferred to the Reserve 29 Sep 19. No children found. Possibly died in Fulham 1973. Victory Medal bought by Tim Payne in 2010.
· 2852 Gnr Samuel Ernest Cotton. Born on 19 Nov 96 at Loughborough; the son of William Geary Cotton (a retired grocer) and Harriet Emma Cotton. Home address at Gysebourn in Ashby Rd. A clerk he enlisted on 9 Dec 15 and mobilised on 3 Mar 16. Deployed to Le Havre with D Coy on 28 Aug 16. 6lb gunner in Crew A on Reserve Army on 25 Sep 16. Continued to serve with D Bn. Later 200813 Tank Corps. Awarded first class proficiency pay on 9 Dec 17 and UK leave from 21 Dec 17 to 4 Jan 18,Was serving with 4 Bn where Captured by Germans on 22 Mar 18; repatriated to the UK 1 Dec 18. Compulsorily retained but transferred to Z Reserve on 17 Jul 19. In Feb 22, he was living at 25 St Stephens Rd in Bayswater and in 1934 he was living at 19 Edith Villas, West Kensington. Died at Hastings in Jul to Sep 1975.
· Gnr William Sowden Cressy. Born 17 Jul 1887 at Skirlaugh –
father was a dock labourer George Cressy; mother was Ann – five younger
siblings. Married on 21 Dec 12 at St
Mary Church Revesby Hull to Florence Stringer, their daughter Eileen born 12 Jul 14. Attested 6 Dec 15 in Hull. An ironmonger’s
assistant, aged 28 yrs 5 months, Home
address 2 The Elms Melrose St, Anlaby Road Hull. Proceeded overseas on 1 Sep 16 therefore must have travelled with tanks on SS Ilston). Was allocated to
crew A as a Vickers gunner on 25 Sep 16 . Remained with D Bn then with 4 Bn until 10
Jun 18 when sent to hosp at Etaples with PUO then on 25 Jun 18 to Reinforcement Depot at Le Treport until 9 Jul then returned to o 4 Bn. To UK for home establishment on 17 Oct 18.
Joined C coy of 23 Bn which was forming, Proceeded to Clipstone on 23 Jan 19. Possibly a daughter Vera born in 1920. In
1925 living at 76 Beckett Rd in Doncaster with wife. In 1935 operating a motor
garage at 6 Duesbury Street Hull (Kelly’s dir). Died 23 Nov 1966 aged 79 in Yorkshire.
· 40254 Wilfred Harold Dyer youngest son (fourth child) of Silas and Fanny Dyer; born in Cirencester c1886. Silas was a draper and the family was employed in the business. In 1901 they were living in Bristol House, Highdale Rd; later in Belvedere Highdale Road, Clevedon in Somerset. Possibly married in Long Ashton in Autumn 1912. Attested at Coventry in April 1916, he was asked if he wished to serve with the MGC Heavy Branch; he agreed as he did not want to serve with a line regiment. Sent to Bisley and thence to Siberia Ranges, where he undertook recruit training as well as initial training on the Vickers. Posted to D Coy and then sent to Elveden. Records that D Coy provided infantry to support C Coy’s training; at that time C Coy only having four tanks. D Company was initially given eight tanks and all crews were required to complete both driving and weapon tests. He reports that he was in the assault that took Flers; only getting on the other side of the village, a shell exploded under the tank and blew out the bottom; only one crewman was hurt and the rest got back. He records he supported the New Zealanders and several tanks were burnt out (this appears to be a second attack). He was also the spare crewman for the three tanks detached to the Reserve Army on 25 September. He later served with No 1 Fd Coy and was in action at Fampeaux (battle of Arras), at Messines where he was promoted Sgt and at 3 Ypres where he was in support of A and B Bns, At this point he became exhausted and sent for three days rest, In September 1917 he was granted ten days UK leave. He was also at Cambrai reporting that he was not withdrawn until 23 Dece after the Tank Bns were bought back. In Jan 1918 he was sent to Vlamertinge to salvage tanks from the Salient. Whilst attempting to recover a tank from Glencorse Wood, he was injured by mustard gas and was sent to hospital to recover from the blisters for two weeks. He then was sent to the Tank Depot for eight weeks recuperation. In Jul 1918, he was tasked to support the Australian attack at Hamel who were supported by 8 Bn. He was awarded the MM for his actions in salving a tank under heavy fire. He then went forward into Hamel and rounded up 15 prisoners. He was next in support of 9 Bn, who were supporting the French near Sauviller Wood. During the battle of Amiens he was in support of 10 Bn and served throughout the final advance; he claimed to have been in 14 decisive battles. On 12 April 1919, he was the subject of an article, about the East Clevedon Debating Society, in the Clevedon Mercury and Courier. In 1938 to 1943, he was living in Norward East Clevedon. Possibly died, aged 81, in summer 1966 – registered in Weston Super Mare. (Bovington TM holds a manuscript written by son in law AH Bell on Kings Charles Cottage Monnington on Wye Herefordshire.
· 2809 Gnr Eric Forward was born on 11 Dec 97 at Aylestone in Leicestershire and educated at Quorn Grammar School. A member of the D2 crew, he did not get into action on 15 September. On 25 Sep he was wounded in the arm whilst trying to extract Tank D4 near Delville Wood. He served on with the Tank Corps and was discharged in 1919, due to his wounds. He died aged on 25 on 14 Dec 22.
· 2866 Gnr Walter Player Gammon; born Ilfracombe spring 86, the ninth child of hairdresser William and Hilda S Gammon. William was a hairdresser. Attended Wallingbrook Boarding School at Chumleigh in Devon (1901 census) and in 1911 was working at Sparkbrook as a hair dresser. Residence 51 North St Exeter and enlisted Exeter – continued to serve in D Bn then 4th Bn, He was KIA aged 32 on 26 Mar 18 whilst serving with a dismounted Lewis gun team during German offensive under Capt HG Head. His body was later buried at Bray Hill Cemetery.
· 40010 Gnr Claude Godfrey MGC (probably served with MGC (Cavalry) later 510015 Pte Labour Corps
· 38227 Gnr Fred Horrocks MGC born c 1885 in Bury Lancs; the son of Jeptha and Alice Horrocks. Living at Bacup and employed by the Refuge Assurance Company. He joined the army in March 1916 as he was a Motor Cyclist and had technical knowledge he was assigned to the Motor Machine Gun Section. He was KIA on 25 Sep 16 whilst trying to extract Storey's tank near Delville Wood. He was initially buried at Green Dump but, in 1919, his body was moved to the Quarry Cemetery near Montauban. Commemorated at Christ Church Bacup and at the Refuge Assurance Company War Memorial in the grounds of Fulshaw Hall in Wilmslow, Cheshire.
· 38021 Gnr Wilfred Jacques Born Cirencester, in 1892, he was KIA on 21 March 1918 whilst serving with 4th Bn as they fought to hold back the advancing Germans. He is commemorated at Pozieres and on St John the Baptist Cirencester Parish Church War memorial and Roll of Honour Cirencester Memorial Hospital. .
· 2972 Gnr Horace Stanley Jeffrey. Born c May 89 at Wisbech Cambs. Married at Kings Lynn on 12 Jan 10 to Louisa Miller; three children Leonard; Gwendoline and Harold. Enlisted Northampton 15 Nov 15, he was a hardware assistant working with JT Jeffery at 32 Sheep St, Northampton. Living at 35 Bective Road, Kingsthorpe near Northampton. Height 5’ 4”; mobilised 22 Mar and reported to Bisley on 23 March. Standard allocation dates then deployed on 1 Sep to France. Later 200828 Tank Corps, he served with No 11 Coy as a Mess waiter. Hospitalised from PUO in Jun 1918, he was evacuated to the UK on 21 Sep 1917; treated at No 4 Northern Hosp at Lincoln. Granted post hospital leave from 28 Nov to 7 Dec at his home address. He was granted leave from 3 to 10 Sep 1918 whilst on strength of the Catterick Depot. He served with 2 Bn Reserve Unit at Wareham from 2 Nov 18; then H Coy Tank Corps at Wareham in early 1919. Offered re-employment by JT Jeffrey of Nottingham on 31 Dec 18 Recorded on Northampton Roll of Honour. Possible death in Bournemouth Jan to Mar 1978 - dob 22 May 1889)
· 32481 Gnr Meyrick (Meurig) Gordon Jones. Born April to Jun 1896 at Llanfyllin or Llanfaircarn, Montgomery; enlisted Welshpool. Will signed at Cann Office hotel at LLangadfan near Welshpool. Served in D Coy. Died on 2 Nov 1916 at 24 General Hospital at Etaples; buried at Etaples military cemetery. Probate granted to his fiancee Gertrude Mary Jones on 19 Feb 17, his effects were valued at Ł304/10/ 2.
· 2872 Gnr J Johnson
· 38145 Gnr Bernard Harry Kingham was born Small Heath Birmingham 2 Dec 1897. First medical undertaken at RFA Bks, Stoney Park Lane Birmingham on 12 Jan 16; attested in 26 Jan. Address 102 The Avenue Acocks Green, near Birmingham, his father was Herbert Edwards Kingham. Stamp shows the attestment was staffed through the Administrative Centre of the 3 South Midland Bde RFA. Stoney Lane Birmingham. Mobilised, posted to Armd Car Sect and reexamined at W Coventry on 4 Apr aged 18 years 150 days. Transferred to HS 4 May then posted to D Coy on 29 May. Approved by Capt AG Woods Adjt D Bn HSMGC at Bisley on 13 Jun 16 (but this may have been backdated). Deployed 26 Aug 1916. Served with D Coy and D Bn for the duration of his service, no records of charges or hospitalization. Later 200913 Tank Corps Granted UK leave 16 to 30 Dec 1917. Promoted CSgt 8 Nov 18 and appointed CQMS. Granted UK leave 18 Nov to 2 Dec – rejoining unit on 4 Dec 18. Appointed NCO Educational Instructor 7 Apr 19. and granted ASC rates of pay 15 May; granted leave in UK 31 May to 14 Jun. Sent to Lendersdorf Concentration Centre (West of Koln) on 6 Sep for dispersal; demobilised at Fovant 18 Sep; transferred to Z Reserve 11 Oct 19. Address now shown as Yardley Arms Hotel near Birmingham. Married in summer 1924 to Martha Clowes in Birmingham. their daughter Pamela was born in Spring 1926 and Iris in late 1930. From 1932 to 1936 living in Amblecote Heath Lane West Bromwich and from 1937 onwards, at 15 Yateley Road Edgbaston. Possibly became an auctioneer in Birmingham with two outlets (one Birmingham, one West Bromwich) until 1971. Died Jul to Sep 1970 in Birmingham.
· 38342 Alfred Lawrence Kitching. Born Jun / Sep 1890 (1891?) in Darlington, the son of John William Kitching (1916 address 85 Dovecot St Stockton). A master butcher from Stockton on tees. Enlisted 9 Dec 1915 aged 24 years and 5 months. Married to Elsie Brittain in Stockton upon Tees Parish Church on 27 April 1916. Listed in “The Motorcycle” as joining MMGS Heavy Section on 18 May 1916. Authorised at Bisley on 6 Jun 1916. Initially served with E Coy. Deployed to France on 28 August 1916 with D Coy. On 25 Sep he was a Vickers gunner of the C Crew attached to the Reserve Army; attached from 24 April 1917 as a/LCpl then transferred to 1 Salvage Coy from 12 May 1917. Renumbered as 201974 Tank Corps. Promoted aCpl February and promoted Cpl on 16 Jun 1918. Promoted Sergeant 16 August 1918. Joined A Coy Tank Field Bn on 16 November 1918. UK leave from 26 November to 10 December; returned to unit on 13 December. Returned to Uk from release 28 March 1919. Cleared through North Camp on 30 March 1919. Address for correspondence Havelock Hotel Bath Lane Stockton. Daughters Beryl born Summer 1921, Maureen Kitching in early 1923 and Audrey in Summer 1926.