The Tank Museum | Recipient

W.C. Colton

Corporal Colton was demobilised in March 1919 and received the following note from the Commandant at the Tank Corps training Depot in Bovington:

Now that the time has come for you to leave the Army and go back to civil life, I wish, both personally and officially, to thank you for the service which you have given.

You may take away with you the priceless knowledge that you have played a man's part in this great War for freedom and fair play. you will take away with you also your remembrances of your comrades, your pride in your Unit, and your love for your Country.

You have played the game: go on playing it, and all will be well with the great Empire which you have helped to save.

I wish you every prosperity and happiness.

Tales of valour

Military Medal

During the action south of Moreuil on 23rd July [1918], although under heavy hostile shelling and machine-gun fire, L/Cpl. Colton drove the tank with fearlessness and judgement. When his tank was knocked out by a direct hit and had to be evacuated, although wounded himself and under machine-gun fire, L/Cpl. Colton bandaged up the wounded and helped them back. By his cheerfulness under particularly trying circumstances L/Cpl. Colton set a splendid example to his crew.

MILITARY MEDAL

1914-15 STAR

BRITISH WAR MEDAL 1914-18 (SILVER)

VICTORY MEDAL

ARMY MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL - KING GEORGE V

MEDAILLE MILITAIRE