The Tankmen of Cambrai

The men who fought in the great tank battle in November 1917

Remembering the tank crews who fought at Cambrai

This on-line memorial is in the early stages of construction. My aim is to complete it by the 100th Anniversary of the battle - 20 November 2017 - to honour those who served in the tank units which fought in this historic action. It is a mammoth task as about 3,200 men went into action that day.  Please help me build it as a fitting memorial to their bravery. 

 

 This is Lt Hugo Armitage who commanded tank D50 "Dandy Dinmont" on the opening day of the Battle of Cambrai on 20 November 1917; you can find more about him by clicking on the D Battalion link to the left (More).

Other crewmen are listed under their unit name.  If you can assist by adding more names or details, please let me know by using the contact page.  

Information sources

Information provided in this website is obtained by a mix of official records and individual research. 


The starting point for my work is the seminal study of the battle of Cambrai "Following the tanks". This superbly researched and wonderfully illustrated book was written by Jean-Luc Gibot and Philippe Gorzcynski.  Since then Philippe has found fame through his remarkable location of the only tank which fought in the battle which has buried on the battlefield at Flesquieres.  Since then, much has been learned about the crewmen who fought in "Deborah"  - the details of which are available on Philippe's website.


A major source is Bob Martin's wonderful website "Landships". Bob has extracted details from tank unit records including those of the salvage units or "Field Companies" which recovered damaged tanks as well as the Central Workshops. 


The majority of official information is provided by the UK National Archives; the names of those who lost their lives may be found on the website of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission or in the official list of "Soldiers who died in the Great War".


The most ipoignant source of information is the families of crewmen. These provide details which may be at variance  with official records but they are equally important as they often give details which are otherwise lost.  


If you can contribute, please get in contact 

 

Stephen Pope