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http://www.firsttankcrews.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=11281544 Walter Atkins, who was from Foleshill, was employed by his uncle Mr Walter Brandish as a motor repairer. Brandish and Co is, of course, still operating as a motor sales and repair firm. Walter was a keen motorcyclist and, in April, volunteered to join the Motor Machine Gun Service through the offices of the Motor Cycle newspaper,. He was trained at Bisley and then at the secret tank training complex near Thetford. He deployed to France in early September 1916. His letters to his mother. which tell the story of his initial training, are in the Herbert Gallery. Walter was a gunner in D20 Daphne which fought at Martinpuich on 15 September 1916. He was wounded in the shoulder when the tank had returned to its start point to refuel and take on more ammunition. He made a full recovery but died, aged just 21, whilst undergoing a routine operation at Bovington on 9 February 1917. He is buried at Foleshill United Reform Church in Coventry and we will be commemorating his life at noon on 9 February 2017.
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