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
Afternote; D20 was photographed by Geoffrey Malins, both before and after the battle; the footage being shown in the film "The Battle of the Ancre": the first footage was taken on 14th Sep as "Daphne" moved up to the action at Martinpuich. Although Malins observed her in action in 15th Sept 16, he failed to take any pictures. She was photographed again prior to the attack on Beaumont-Hamel, in which the crew are seen to mount the tank but sadly the individuals are not identified.
D22 (No 756 - Male) was in support of 47th Div attack on High Wood This tank headed off 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. The crew dug the tank out after 14 days. After action: D22 was next in action, on 25 Sep, in support of the Canadians near Courcellette and was destroyed to the east side of the village.
D23 (No 528 - female). One of 2 tanks (with D20 - Drader) tasked to support 15 (Scottish) Div in attack on Martinpuich. Arrived at RV on time but 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 at Caterham. Served as a Regular soldier in the Royal Scots from 1906-1913. In 1914, called up and transferred to MMGS, Deployed to
Gnr Parkin – possibly 40012 Pte William Edmund Parkin later Cpl 4th Bn Tank Corps.
Pte John Barnes Starkey Born summer 1896 at Basford, he was the only surviving child of a fruiterer. Enlisted at Nottingham, he later served with D Bn. Declared missing on 27 Nov 17 whilst serving with No 17 Coy of F Bn and attacking enemy position in Bourlon village. Probably served in No 6 Sect in either Fighting Mac or Flaming Fire, both tanks being knocked out closed to the village. He was later declared to be Killed in Action.
Gnr Tillotson – probably Henry C Tillotson who continued to serve with the Tank Corps but deserted in early Jan 1919.
Gnr Douglas Benson Tweddle born Summer 1892. Son of William Tweddle of Longtown in
Pte Osmond Woodford “Jack” Rossiter was born 10 May 97 at Moor Court Farm, Marnhull. Fifth child of Thomas and 'Bessie' Rossiter. He joined the ASC as a driver. After the battle, he rebadged MGC then Tank Corps (Private 75066) Injured in service twice; second on duty 29 Sep 18 and later served (as Sgt) with 19 Bn in
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. The crew were pictured before they left Elveden and is shown in the photo galley.
Lt Walter Stones. Born on 5 May 1881 in
Gnr Coffey- possibly 206098 Pte Robert Steele Coffey who was born in Bradford in 1880. The son of an Irish presbyterian minister, he was bought up in Bradford but later became a merchant seaman and wool buyer. He was captutred by the Germans whilst serving with No 12 Coy following the 2nd battle of Bullecourt. He was a POW from 3 May 17 to 11 Nov 18. After the war, he travelled to Australia and died in Sydney in 1931.
Gnr Foster – William Ernest (Billy) Foster was born in 5 Dec 93 in Mansfield where his family ran a grocers' shop. He enlisted into the MMGS on 16 Feb 1916. His height is recorded at 5’ 8” with a fair complexion, brown hair and brown eyes; he also wore glasses and had a very slight chest measuring 28 inches. On 13 Sep, he deployed with his tank near to Bazentin le Petit. They went over the start line at 5.00 a.m. on 15 Sep, Billy manning the left hand 6 lb gun. He recalled that the tank 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 in the eyes. He served on with D Bn and later qualified as a Lewis Gunner. Renumbered as 200816 Pte Tank Corps, he later qualified as a first aider. On 10 Aug 1918, whilst still serving with 4 Bn, his left forearm and abdomen were injured by a shell during the battle of Amiens – the tank comd was Sgt McNichol. Billy was evacuated to 3 Aus Gen Hosp at Abbeville, and then to the Military Hospital Endell Street WC. The wounds were severe and Billy was not discharged from the
Gnr Hardy- no details are known about this soldier.
Gnr Reeve (13 possibilities) – Reiffer remembers Les Reeves who was in action at
Gnr Fred Rule born Summer 1890 at Ford in Glendale Northumberland; youngest son (fourth child) of slater and plasterer John Scott and Mary; Frederick also became a slater and plasterer. He married Jane Anne Athey at 7 June 13 and their daughter
Gnr Wells possibly Pte John 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 was in support of assault of 50th Div in area to east of Martinpuich in concert with Lt Walter 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 Mar 95 in Markinch in Fyfe,
he was a shipping clerk who was living at
Gnr Herbert Routledge was born on 23 May 92 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 15 at Penrith. Stating that his preference was to serve with the ASC MT, he joined the HS MGC from the Army Reserve on 28 Apr 16. Transferred to D Coy on 29 May and deployed overseas on 1 Sep. He joined D Bn in Dec 16 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
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 Courcelette 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