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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #57 on: February 20, 2011, 21:03:27 »
The arrival of the WW1 tank at Tonbridge on 29th July 1919.
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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #56 on: February 20, 2011, 20:51:44 »
The Ashford tank arriving at St. George's Square. 1919.

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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #55 on: July 01, 2010, 18:38:16 »
Two pics of the one at Hythe




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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #54 on: March 25, 2010, 15:57:50 »
Some extra pictures of the presentation of the Rochester tank sent to me to post by KEEPWATCH.


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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #53 on: March 15, 2010, 22:23:50 »
There are loads of them at Bovington, I was there a couple of year ago, one of them is still in running order and there's one in Lincoln that's an original. And of course Ashford.
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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #52 on: March 15, 2010, 21:36:22 »
As far as i know there are only two origional ones left, one is at Ashford and the other is at the Bovington tank museum. There is an volunteer group i think in Lincon who are building a replica and are planning to take it to all the towns & cities that had one.

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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #51 on: March 14, 2010, 23:20:42 »
From 'East Kent at War' by David Collyer, Budding Books 1998.



'Folkestone's First World War tank was cut up by Ginger Baker, the scrap merchant, as part of the 'Scrap Drive' which led to the loss of garden railings, ornamental balustrades and park gates throughout East Kent. The tank, which stood on The Durlocks overlooking the harbour, was presented to the town in July 1919 as a reward for its efforts towards War Savings during the earlier conflict.'

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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #50 on: March 08, 2010, 21:01:21 »
Heres a pic of Presentation Day at Tonbridge.

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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #49 on: February 21, 2010, 21:42:47 »
SORRY I SHOULD HAVE SAID ASHFORD

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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #48 on: February 21, 2010, 21:40:46 »
Don,t forget the Tank on the Roundabout where the REME used to be in Chart Road, although I don,t think it,s an English one it,s beigh coloured and was put there in the Nin etys

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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #47 on: February 13, 2010, 18:39:34 »
I don't if I imagined it but i seem to recall when I was a very small nipper seeing one on display behind railings maybe, and possibly at Ashford.

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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #46 on: February 13, 2010, 13:21:41 »
I never knew there were so many, presumably as the years past they became everyday objects in their respective towns (the one at Hythe looks quite 'part pf the scenery') until the advent of WWII when they were cut up for wartime scrap?
It's strange now but the fact that so many towns had these tanks shows the esteem that the armed forces were held in by the genral public. Can't imagine Medway Council mounting a post Gulf conflict 'Challenger' tank in the castle gardens and having the same impact.   

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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #45 on: February 13, 2010, 10:39:21 »
I think field guns were offered too, there was one at Newhaven, got taken away WW2. You see a lot in France around war memorials too

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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #44 on: January 28, 2010, 21:47:20 »
Tunbridge Wells. 1919.
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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #43 on: January 25, 2010, 15:48:50 »
Some more additions from KEEPWATCH:


 

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