The Tank Museum | Recipient

Henry George Merchant

G/7th Battalion Tank Corps

Henry George Merchant, born 1891 and attended the local Grammar school (Nottingham). He worked in India in a tobacco company before the war earning about £300 per annum and came home straight away when war broke out where he joined the Machine Gun Corps, and then the Heavy Section. He didn't really talk about the war but did mention to his daughter that the pigeon in his tank laid an egg!

It appears that he didn't fight at Flers but was definitely at Cambria - the number of his tank was G45.

Post-war he went into banking, working his way up to manager of Lloyds at Peterborough. He married during the war and only had one daughter - Mary Josephine (the donor). In WW2, he served in the Home Guard and became treasurer of the Sea Cadets.