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Empire troops in HMGC/tanks 1916-18.

I have a private reference to a Canadian A Coy tank commander in 1917. When volunteers were sought for the HMGC in 1916, were Dominion/Empire units canvassed, and if so how many Dominion soldiers were accepted, and where from?

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The original call was for volunteers with a mechanical bent for a secret and hazardous assignment. Vic Huffam commander of Dolly at Flers was an Australian serving with the Norfolks, his friend John Cort (commanding D14 )was aSouth Africanalso serving in the British Army. Quite a number of Dominion/Empire types in Britain joined the British Army. In Huffam's case he was a reservist in the Australian forces and given the alternative by the Australian authorities of going home to join up or joining the British Army. Thus its quite possible for there to have been Canadians in the HMGC/TC without any specific call being made to Dominion/Empire units. Later on Canadians serving in France in Canadian units were reluctant to volunteer for the TC as there was a general view that the machines were death traps. This appears to have been the result of a number of tanks supporting the Canadians having been hit and brewing up. For this reason the two Canadian Tank Battalions were recruited in Canada. However at least one Mk V was seen in 1918 in France with a maple leaf painted on the front hull so there must have been some in the TC.

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Thanks for your reply. I had speculated that the Canadian in question might have been recruited in the UK from amongst the many Empire sojourners in the UK who volunteered for enlistment on the outbreak of war. Your observation about Canadian wariness in regards to tanks was interesting in the circumstances from which my curiosity arose. My father commanded an A Coy tank at Cambrai, where he was wounded. He recorded that the same morning the car next to him was hit and set on fire, and he and his crew assisted in the evacuation of the burning tank. He found the commander to be a Canadian, identified by his accent. Later he and the badly-burned Canadian, whom he doesn't name, set off together to find a dressing-station.
My main original interest was to discover if any NZers served in WWI tanks, as I have never myself heard of any who had. I am enquiring further through the NZ ex-servicemen's Association.

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