· 32337 Charles W P Aggis was born March 1897 at West Hartlepool Co Durham. He was the second son of Carlo Giuseppe and Amelia / Aurelia MG Aggis father was an insurance agent. 1901 living at 38 Wansbeck Gdns. West Hartlepool. He enlisted into the MGC on 10 Dec 1915 at West Hartlepool. Aged 18 years 8 Months a chauffeur and mechanic. Height 5 5 ½; weight 108 lbs; chest 33 ½. Nok was Aurelia Aggis (mother) The Furze West Hartlepool. Service reckons from 4 Apr. 1916; authorised 20 April 1916 at Bisley. Army traded recorded as cyclist / orderly. Wounded (GSW hand and chin) in Sep 1916. Admitted at 12 Stat Hosp St Pol on 15 Feb 1917 with mild rheumatism; transferred to the Cdn Gen Hosp at Etaples on 24 Feb .To UK on SS Dieppe on 25 Feb. Treated at Bradford War Hospital from 28 Feb to 31 Mar 1917. Posted to Depot Bn at Bovington whilst in UK. Embarked back to BEF on 22 Jun 1917 with 2nd Salvage Coy. Granted Class 1 Renumbered 201697 Tank Corps Proficiency Pay on 29 Sep 1917. Appointed paid LCpl on 14 Oct 1917. Wounded (GS wound to the knee) on duty 12 Nov 1917. Granted UK leave from 2 Tank Field Coy (renamed therefore) from 8 to 22 Jan 1918. Appointed a/Cpl (paid) and 2nd class mechanist on 1 Apr 1918. Hospitalised 16 to 21 May 1918. Promoted Cpl and appointed second class TM Cpl on 1 Jun 1918. Proceeded to UK on 29 Jun as an RAF cadet medically examined on 18 July 1918 but posted back to A Coy Tank Depot by 21 Jan 1919. Dispersed from Ripon on 26 Jan. Transferred to Z Reserve 23 Feb 1919 home address the Furze West Hartlepool. No further details on Ancestry but 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 April 1894 at Westgate on Sea and registered at Thanet. A motor cycle mechanic of 3 Alpha Villas, Belmont Rd, Westcliffe on Sea, he enlisted 19 Feb 16, attested at Herne Bay Kent with a preference for the Royal Flying Corps. He was recorded as 21 years 278 days. (9 months); height 5 ft 11 inches; chest expanded 34 ½ inches. 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. Authorised at Bisley on 13 Apr, 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 (wifes address 119 Northdown Rd in Margate). He was posted to HS MGC on 4 May 16; 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. Renumbered as 2028 MGC and Tank Corps. On 29 Dec 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 6th Tank Bde HQ, on its formation. Admitted to 125 Hospital at St Pol with influenza from 18 Nov to 5 Dec 1918. Granted UK from 12 to 26 Dec 1918; 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; served with A Coy; demobilised from Crystal Palace on 29 August and transferred to the Reserve 29 Sep 19. His address was shown as Alpha Villas, Belmont Rd, Westcliffe on Sea. No children found. Possibly died in Fulham 1973. Victory Medal bought by Tim Payne in 2010.
· 2852 Gnr Samuel Ernest Cotton. Born on 19 November 1896 at Loughborough; the son of William Geary Cotton (a retired grocer) and Harriet Emma Cotton. Home address at Gysebourne, Ashby Rd in Loughborough. A clerk he enlisted at Coventry on 9 Dec 1915 aged 19 years 30 days (therefore born November 1896). Height 5 6. Mobilised on 3 March 1916. Deployed to Le Havre with D Company on 28 August 1916. 6lb gunner in Crew A on Reserve Army on 25 Sep 1917. Continued to serve with D Bn. Later 200813 Tank Corps. Awarded 1st class proficiency pay on 9 Dec 1917. UK leave from 21 Dec 1917 to 4 January; returned to unit 7 January. Remained with 4th Bn. Captured by Germans on 22 March 1918; repatriated to the UK 1st December 1918. Compulsorily retained. Transferred to Z Reserve on 17 Jul 1919. In February 1922, he was living at 25 St Stephens Rd, Bayswater London. In 1934 he was living at 19 Edith Villas, West Kensington W14. Died at Hastings in Jul to Sep 1975.
· Pte Cressy; on 25th Sep he was a member of the A Crew attached to the Reserve Army.
· 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 Coys 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 3rd 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 December; well 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 8th Bn. He was awarded the Military Medal 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 9th Bn, who were supporting the French near Sauviller Wood. During the battle of Amiens he was in support of 10th Bn and hen 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.
· Pte Forward; a member of Crew B2 but did not go into action on 15th September. On 25th Sep he was a Vickers gunner of the C Crew attached to the Reserve Army; he was wounded in the arm. (two options Eric R Forward 205613 Tank Corps awarded SWB and died Leicester in late 1922; 91692 Frank M Forward).
· 2866 Gnr Walter Player Gammon; born Ilfracombe Jan Mar 86, the ninth child of William and Hilda S Gammon. William was a hairdresser. Attended Wallingbrook Boarding School at Chumleigh in Devon (1901 census). Residence 51 North St Exeter and enlisted Exeter continued to serve in D Bn; later 200815 Pte Corps KIA aged 32 on 26 Mar 18 whilst serving with 10 Coy, during German offensive near Bray and Fricourt, buried at Bray Hill Cemetery. Estate worth £454. Parents address given as 6 High St, Ilfracombe.
· 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 a Vickers gunner of the C Crew attached to the Reserve Army when he was KIA on 25th Sep 1916; the Bacup History Society reports he was killed by a bursting shell. Commemorated at Christ Church Bacup and at the Refuge Assurance Company War Memorial in the grounds of Fulshaw Hall in Wilmslow, Cheshire, His family is shown living at 5, Woodland View in Bacup. Probate granted to father estate valued at £99.
· Gnr Jacques on 25th Sep he was a Vickers gunner of the B Crew attached to the Reserve Army probably 38021 MGC later 201718 Pte Wilfred Jacques. Born Cirencester KIA on 21 March 1918 whilst serving with 4th Bn possibly 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. Possibly living at 2 Mount Terrace Chesterton in 1901; son of bacon curer John Jacques and his wife Rhoda Wilfred was born in 1892.
· 2972 Gnr Horace Stanley Jeffrey. Born c May 1889 at Wisbech Cambs. Married at Kings Lynn on 12 Jan 1910 to Louisa Miller; three children Leonard Stanley born 2nd Jun 1910; Gwendoline Louisa born 25 Apr 1911 and Harold Edward born 11 Jun 1912. Enlisted Northampton 15th November 1915. A 26½ year old 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 4 Coy 2nd Bn Reserve Unit at Wareham from 2nd November 1918; then H Company Tank Corps at Wareham in early 1919. Offered employment by JT Jeffrey, lamp manufacturer, importer and oil merchant of Nottingham on 31 Dec 1918; (service record found) 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 24th General Hospital at Etaples; buried at Etaples military cemetery. Probate granted to Gertrude Mary Jones (spinster) on 19 February. Effects were valued at £304/10/ 2.
· 2872 Gnr J Johnson
· 38145 Gnr Bernard Harry Kingham was born Small Heath near Birmingham 2 Dec 1897. First medical undertaken at RFA Bks, Stoney Park Lane Birmingham on 12 Jan 1916; attested in 26 Jan aged 18 years 1 months, shown as a clerk. Address 102 The Avenue Acocks Green, near Birmingham Nok was his father Herbert Edwards Kingham. Stamp shows the attestment was staffed through the Administrative Centre of the 3rd 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. Height 5 7½; weight 124 lbs, chest 34½ expanded- good physical development and 6/6 eyesight. 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 1918 and appointed CQMS. Granted UK leave 18 Nov to 2 Dec rejoining unit on 4 Dec 18. Appointed NCO Educational Instructor 7 Apr 19. 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 Oct19. Address now shown as Yardley Arms Hotel, Yardley near Birmingham. Awarded BWM and Victory Medal. Married in Jul to Sep 1924 to Martha Clowes (South Birmingham); daughter Pamela J Kingham born Jan to Mar 1926. ILis P Kingham born Oct to Dec 1930. In 1932 to 1936 living in Amblecote Heath Lane West Bromwich. In 1937 onwards; living 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. Height 56 ½. 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 25th 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 1st 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. Daughter Beryl Kitching in Jul to Sep 1921. Maureen Kitching in Jan to Mar 1923 at Stockton. Audrey Kitching born in Summer 1926.