The Tank Museum | Recipient

C.A. Rees

Called up in 1942 with basic training at D.C.L.I. Barracks in Bodmin. Armour training with 57th Training Regiment and became a Troop Sergeant driver, stationed at Charing, Kent. Served with 13 Troop in this capacity in Normandy and North West Europe. Wounded in February 1945 when tank was knocked out and flown back to U.K.

Tales of valour

Military Medal

Military Medal

REES Cyril Anthony, (Trooper)

9th Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment

On 26th October 1944 during the attack on Nispen Trooper Rees was driving his Troop Sergeant’s tank. This tank received a direct hit wounding the Sergeant, and the crew were evacuated to a village some 400 yards away. Trooper Rees suffered shell shock, was treated, and then sallied forth single-handed back to the tank under heavy small arm, mortar, and shell fire to try and recover his tank. The tank had been recovered so he proceeded to recover another tank some 200 yards further on but found it to be undriveable.
This single-handed, determined and gallant act, under heavy fire, shows a spirit of self-sacrifice to save tanks from further damage.


1939-45 STAR