Tea with the Prince Of Wales


From the 8 – 13 Sep the Tanks remained at the Railhead and one or two Tanks were detailed each day to manoeuvre for the benefit of the various Divisional and Brigade Staff. A frequent visitor during the sojourn at the Railhead was H.R.H. Prince of Wales who took a keen interest in the preparations taking place and one afternoon stayed for tea with the Officers of the Company.

It was during the day spent at the Railhead that the first known Tank fire took place, resulting in the injury of Sgt Hillhouse, and Gunner Callaghan.  Sgt Hillhouse showed splendid initiative in gallantly rescuing one of the crew who had been overcome by the fumes.  Heedless of his personal safety, he entered the blazing Tank and brought the man out.

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