H. Darby

At Flers in 1916 2/Lt. H. Darby commanded tank D10, No. 2 Section, D Company, HBMGC, where he was awarded the Military Cross.

Harold Darby was one of the first officers to join the 6th Battalion Heavy Branch Machine Gun Corps, having served in the Tank Corps from its inception until he was invalided out in 1919 with the rank of Major. Prior to joining the regiment he had served as a territorial from 1908 with both the Suffolk Yeomanry and Gloucestershire Hussars. He was at Gallipoli with the Hussars where he was seriously wounded and shipped back to the U.K.

It is believed as a Captain he commanded 16th Company at Cambrai. In August 1918 he was a Major and transferred to B Company.
He trained as a motor engineer and was trained originally by Mann Egerton in Norwich. After World War 1 he joined Rolls Royce Motor Cars as their North of England representative.

Tales of valour

Military Cross

2nd Lieut. Darby, Harold : Machine Gun Corps

For conspicuous gallantry in action. He fought his Tank with great courage and determinastion. Later, with his crew and one gun, he went to support the infantry. He set a fine example

MILITARY CROSS

1914-15 STAR

1939-45 STAR

BRITISH WAR MEDAL 1914-18 (SILVER)

DEFENCE MEDAL

FRANCE & GERMANY STAR

VICTORY MEDAL

WAR MEDAL

BRITISH FIRE SERVICE ASSOCIATION BRONZE MEDAL

FIRE BRIGADE LONG SERVICE MEDAL

MINIATURE MEDAL GROUP