Number 4 section was commanded by Capt George Mann
Pictured (right) is Lt Harry Drader and Percy who fought with crew D20 in the tank named Daphne
D22 (No 756 - Male). D22 in support of 47th Div attack on High Wood Robinson's tank headed off on the correct course up the wood's SE edge but became fouled on tree stumps, having wrecked its steering tail. Stranded near the double crater, at the south east of the wood, its crew kept its guns working in support of the attack. Colle reported that it was stranded somewhere near the front line. After action: D22 was again in action, on 25 Sep, in support of the Canadians near Courcellette and was destroyed to the east side of the village.
· 32209 Cpl Dudley Neville White MGC, born 6 Dec 1896 in Coventry, the second child (only son) of Frederick Charles White.
D23 (No 528 - female). One of 2 tanks (with D20 -Drader) tasked to support 15 (Scottish) Div in attack towards Martinpuich. Arrived at RV on time and advanced ahead of infantry, track smashed by artillery fire. Returned to RV. At 0947, Mann tasked Drader to go forward to support infantry but unable to do so (dvr had shock!). At 1200 hrs, tasked Drader to take ammo forward to form a depot SW of Martinpuich, did not do so. Eventually Mann took D20 forward later that evening driven by Jack Rossiter.
·Capt George William Mann. Born c ‘91. Initially served in MMGS, deployed to
· Sgt Nicholson
· Gnr Little
· Gnr Parkin – possibly 40012 Pte William Edmund Parkin later Cpl 4th Bn Tank Corps.
· Gnr Starkey – 8 possibilities (most likely Arthur Starkey Army Cyclist Corps the 75239 Pte Tank Corps)
· Gnr Tillotson – probably Henry C Tillitson who continued to serve with the Tank Corps but dserted in early Jan 1919.
32053 Gnr Douglas Benson Tweddle registered Jun to Aug 1892. Son of William Tweddle of 44
· Pte Osmond Woodford “Jack” Rossiter was born 10 May ‘97 at Moor Court Farm, Marnhull near Sturminster Newton. Fifth child of Thomas John and
D24 (751 - Male). D24 was in support of assault of 50th Div in area to east of Martinpuich in concert with Lt Colle (D25). Leaving Martinpuich Communal cemetery, the two tanks crossed the British front line at 06.03, 17 minutes before Zero Hour. When the artillery bombardment lifted and the infantry advanced, Colle and Stones were in position on the German front line. They gave close support to the assault and shortly after 07.00 followed it forward. D24 got through to the second line of German trenches when it was hit by artillery fire, the officer (Lt Stones) was injured in the head and the driver (Pte Wood) in the eyes. The tank was again hit on the right track and it was abandoned. The crew took cover in shell holes and according to one account, joined in the attack. They managed to get back to trenches manned by the Durham Light Infantry by 1.00 pm. At 3.00 pm Pte Foster recorded they went to find one of the officers and by 9.00 they got back to camp.
Lt Walter Stones. Born on 5 May 1881 in
Gnr Coffey- possibly 206098 Pte Robert S Coffey POW 12 Apr ‘17 to 11 Nov 18
Gnr Foster – William Ernest (Billy) Foster was born in 1893. He enlisted at
Gnr Reeve (13 possibilities) – Reiffer remembers Les Reeves who was in action at
Gnr Frederick J Rule born Summer 1890 in at Ford in Glendale Northumberland; youngest son (fourth child) of slater and plasterer John Scott and Mary; Frederick also became a slater and plasterer Forge Ford; Northumberland. He married Jane Anne Athey at 7 June 13. Their daughter
Gnr Wells possibly 40015 Pte John Thomas Wells – born Harpurhey near Manchester, Lancs in 1892, the eldest son of labourer John and Hannah Wells who lived at 12 James St in Bradford in Bradford with Beswick; enlisted Coventry and later served as Pte in 4th Tank Corps – died whilst serving aged 25 on 22 March 1918 during the withdrawal as part of the Kaiserslacht. Commerorated on the Pozieres memorial.
M2/138915 Pte Frederick George Wood ASC who was wounded in the eyes during action. Rebadged MGC then Tank Corps (Pte 75069).
D25 (No 511 Female). D25 in support of assault of 50th Div in area to east of Martinpuich in concert with Lt Water Stones (D24). The crew prepared for the attack near Flatiron Copse on 14 Sep and that evening, at 15-yards-per minute, drove north to
2Lt Edward Colle. Born Llanishen Cardiff 12 Feb 93, the eldest son and third child of George Colle a well known
Cpl Reynolds possibly Reynolds Henry T F , Tank Corps 200893 Warrant Officer Cl 2 born Plymstock Devon ‘86
Gnr Bell – Colle reported
Gnr James Petrie – Born 1 March 1895 in Markinch in Fyfe,
he was a shipping clerk and living at
Gnr Herbert Routledge was born on 23 May 1892 in Abbey Town in Cumberland. His father was a carpenter and his mother a school teacher. He was a milk recorder for the Board of Agriculture, when he was attested on 9 Dec 1915 at Penrith. Stating that his preference was to serve with the ASC MT, he joined the HS MGC from the Army Reserve on 28 April. Transferred to D Coy on 29 May and deployed overseas on 1 Sep. He joined D Bn, in December 1916 and served with No 10 Coy. He was wounded on 20 Nov during the attack at Flesquieres by a machine gun; the bullet passing though the left hand arm. He was evacuated on 11 Dec to No 3 Southern General Hospital at
Gnr Wilkie – Colle reported
DM2/170078 Pte John Maude ASC wounded during the action; rebadged to MGC then Tank Corps (75063)
D25 (Lt. Colle) was tasked to support D22 (Robinson) during an attack at Courcellette on 26 Sep but ditched near Pozieres en route. The crew photo published on the IWM site is dated 28 Nov ’16; however it is almost certainly one of the series taken at Elveden prior to the Company’s deployement to