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September 30, 2016

This blog began telling the story of George Macpherson, killed during the first tank attack at Flers, through his friend Basil Henriques. However, the Museum does have items which belonged to George himself which give further insight into his life.

Macpherson's Christian Manual

Macpherson’s Christian Manual

This Christian Manual belonged to George Macpherson and has been loaned to The Tank Museum by his nephew, the Reverend Ewen Pinsent.

The writing in pencil on the inside cover shows the manual was given to Macpherson on 7th March 1916 – his 20th birthday – by ‘GW’. ‘GW’ is likely to have been Geoffrey Wyatt who was in the same barracks as George MacPherson at that time.

The two men were friends at school and joined the Army together in July 1915. They both died on the Somme on 15th September 1916, aged 20.

‘They were the greatest friends in the world, and it is very wonderful and beautiful that they should have died together,’ said Oliver Wyatt, brother to Geoffrey.

George Macpherson is honoured in the museum’s Tank Men exhibition.

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  1. My grandfather Arthur George Stokes from Canterbury was driver i believe in tank no15 i have photo of him in uniform

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