Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

WW2 tank regiments VC Recipients jackets

Recommended Posts

Belonged to Lt Col Foote of the royal tank regiment and was the only member of the tank regiment to receive the Victoria cross for actions in Africa hope you guys like it


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites


Welcome to the GMIC.  I' like to add to this this thread and ask a question.  Have you researched this tunic and the ribbon bar.  And what is the history of this tunic?

Henry Bowreman Foote

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Henry Robert Bowreman Foote



5 December 1904
IshaporeBritish India


11 November 1993 (aged 88)
Pulborough, England


St Mary's Church, West Chiltington


United Kingdom


British Army

Years of service



Major General


Royal Tank Regiment

Commands held

Royal Armoured Corps (1955–58)
11th Armoured Division (1950–53)
7th Armoured Brigade (1949–50)
2nd Royal Tank Regiment (1947–48)
7th Royal Tank Regiment (1942)


Second World War

·         Western Desert Campaign

·         Battle of Gazala

·         Italian Campaign


Victoria Cross
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches

Major General Henry Robert Bowreman FooteVCCBDSO (5 December 1904 – 11 November 1993) was a British Army officer and a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Early life and education[edit]

Foote was born on 5 December 1904 in Ishapore, India, the son of Henry Bruce Foote, a major in the Royal Artillery, and his wife Jennie Elizabeth. He was the grandson of the archaeologist and geologist Robert Bruce Foote, often considered the "Father of Indian Prehistory".

Foote's mother died when he was a child and he went to England to board at St Cyprian's SchoolEastbourne at the age of four.[1] In 1918 he went to Bedford School where he stayed until 1923.[2]

Military career

Foote joined the British Army in 1925, being commissioned into the Royal Tank Corps.

Second World War

Foote was a Staff Officer from 1939 to 1942 and a member of the British Army Staff Mission, Washington, DC in 1941. In 1942 he became Officer Commanding, 7th Royal Tank Regiment[2] and it was in this post that he won the Victoria Cross at the Battle of Gazala.

During the period 27 May to 15 June 1942 in Libya, Lieutenant Colonel Foote commanded his battalion with outstanding courage and leadership, always being at the crucial point at the right time. On 6 June, although wounded, he continued to lead his battalion from an exposed position on the outside of a tank, and succeeded in defeating the enemy's attempt to encircle two Allied divisions. On 13 June, when a number of Allied tanks had been destroyed, he went on foot, "from one tank to another, to encourage the crews under intense artillery and anti-tank fire". By "his magnificent example the corridor was kept open and the Brigade was able to march through".

Matilda II tank at The Tank Museum, England, painted to represent a similar tank used by Lieutenant Colonel Foote

Shortly after this, Foote was captured and became a prisoner of war. However, he subsequently escaped and entered Switzerland in April 1944, it was only then that he learned he had been awarded the Victoria Cross.[4] After a period as a General Staff Officer at Allied Forces Headquarters in 1944, he became second-in-command of the 9th Armoured Brigade in 1945.

Post-war and senior command

After the end of the war, Foote was flying to Berlin to take part in a victory parade when he had to bail-out, as the aircraft was about to crash. Consequently, he became a member of the Caterpillar Club, an informal group of those who have been saved from death or serious injury by means of a parachute.

Foote was Brigadier of the Royal Armoured Corps, Middle East Land Forces from 1945 to 1947 and then Officer Commanding 2nd Royal Tank Regiment from 1947 to 1948. He was at the Fighting Vehicles Proving Establishment, at the Ministry of Supply from 1948 to 1949 and commanded the 7th Armoured Brigade from 1949 to 1950 and the 11th Armoured Division from 1950 to 1953. He was Director General of Fighting Vehicles at the Ministry of Supply from 1953 to 1955 and Director, Royal Armoured Corps, at the War Office from 1955 until his retirement in 1958 as major general.

Retirement and legacy

Major General Foote's grave at St Mary's Church, West Chiltington, Sussex, photographed in 2014

After his retirement, Foote was a trustee of The Tank Museum, Bovington until his death. He was featured as a guest on the biographical television programme This Is Your Life on 22 October 1986.

His medals are displayed at the Royal Tank Regiment Museum, BovingtonDorset.





Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hello All

thanks for the welcome. I have done some digging on the jacket as this jacket and a post-war battledress were both auctioned off at the same time from his estate I managed to get this one but not the battledress

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Well done!  A very nice 'piece of history', especially for a tank enthusiast.  

I was intrigued to see the surname of this man too, as Canadians are more familiar with on e of our own, who earned HIS Victoria Cross on the beach at Dieppe:

John Weir Foote, VC CD was a Canadian military chaplain and politician. He received the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Dieppe Raid in 1942. Foote is the only Canadian chaplain to be awarded the Victoria Cross.


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

wow Foote is clearly the name of heros, John Footes actions during Dieppe are amazing

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Very nice 😃

Regards Eddie

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Cheers guys Ill have to share some of my other items before they go for sale


here's a nice picture of the cloth tank badge on the arm


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

  • Create New...