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Tank Crew at Holnon Sept 1918


Alan24

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Visited Holnon Cemetery nr. St. Quentin last week and wondered about these tank men who are only believed to be buried here.

 

There must be a story here but nothing in any of my books on the area.

 

All bar one have a Scottish connection. Does 7 men constitute a full Crew?

 

Regards

 

Alan.

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The Landships website has an account of the action, during the Battle of Epheny - https://sites.google.com/site/landships/home/narratives/1918/100days/epheny---18-september-4th-army/13-battalion-24-september-1918

 

"4 section forced the garrison of Fresnoy le Petit to surrender and took the fortified Cemetery East of the village. 2LT Millars tank was hit and set afire, the OIC being killed whilst vainly attempting to salvage the Hotchkiss guns, the rest of the section (2 tanks (OH)) went to the final objective, Cornouillers Wood. "...

 

... "2Lt Millar J was missing, 2Lt Kermonde WA was wounded, 2Lts Plews AE, Bewker CR and 9 other Ranks were wounded but remained on duty"

 

 

I don't know if the other men were in Millar's crew or not.  Certainly, the two known burials on the list were both found at 62B M27.C.4.8

 

Millar -  https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2911883/millar,-/#&gid=null&pid=1

Smith - https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2911951/smith,-robert/#&gid=null&pid=1

 

 

 

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Thanks IPT,

 

Several good references there to explore.

 

Regards

 

Alan.

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