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Offline kyn

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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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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #42 on: November 29, 2009, 11:18:27 »
Although this picture has nothing to do with Kent. It shows how easy it is to move a tank. :) Taken in 1917.
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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #41 on: November 26, 2009, 20:42:32 »
That Deal pic is fantastic!

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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #40 on: November 26, 2009, 08:28:07 »
Two more nice pictures, thanks.  I didn't think there were that many around, when we started this thread it seemed to take ages to get any pictures up!

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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #39 on: November 24, 2009, 22:59:34 »

The Deal tank pictured in 1923.
When you've got your back to wall, there's only one thing to do and that's to turn around and fight. (John Major)
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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #38 on: November 23, 2009, 12:37:24 »
Here's the Tonbridge tank on 29th July 1919. It was later parked to the north of Tonbridge Castle gatehouse. It is not there now. Photo from "Around Tonbridge in Old Photographs" by Charlie Bell.

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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #37 on: November 14, 2009, 23:56:41 »


The presentation of the Canterbury tank occured on 19th July 1919 to celebrate the 'Great Peace Day'. Although this was celebrated throughout East Kent, it seems the Canterbury tank was presented earlier than some of the others, notably Faversham, Rochester and Ashford.

"Throughout East Kent on 19th July 1919 there was a very full programme of festivities arranged including childrens sports, firework displays and the chain of beacon bonfires, all to celebrate the 'Great Peace Day'. The events arranged in Canterbury were fairly numerous, with the military giving valuable help to the 'Council Peace Celebration Committee'. The major event commenced at noon with a procession by the Mayor and Corporation from the Guildhall to the Dane John Moat to officially receive the tank from Major General Sir Colin MacKenzie. The tank which had been placed in the moat the previous day,was presented by the National War Savings Committee in recognition of the city's financial assistance, nearly £250,000 given during the war. In the photograph taken from the Dane John Terrace by John G. Charlton can be seen the Mayor and Mayoress Bremner, Sheriff Pentecost and Aldermen Pope and Wiltshire. This picteresque ceremony was watched with obvious interest by some thousands of citizens assembled on the upper Dane John Terrace, in the Rhodaus Town thoroughfare and in the moat itself. A guard of honour was formed by fifty soldiers from the Buffs, bearing their decorated lances, whilst a guard was also provided by a contingent from the 5th Royal Irish Lancers. The band of the 1st Battalion the Buffs was also in attendance."

Picture and text from 'Canterbury in old Picture Postcards Volume 1' by Terry Hougham, published by the European Library, 1987.

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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #36 on: November 13, 2009, 17:20:42 »
These have just been passed onto me from KEEPWATCH who found them at the Guidhall Museum Rochester.


And what lovely ones they are too!

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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #35 on: November 06, 2009, 10:14:38 »
A quick checklist of War Savings presentation tanks in Kent.
Does anyone know of any more?
Ashford              mark iv
Canterbury        mk iii
Chatham    
Deal                   mk iv    served in France.
Farningham        mk iv
Faversham         mk iv    served in France.    Thanks, LenP,Kyn.
Folkestone         mk iv    served in France.
Hythe                 mk iv  
Maidstone          mk iii
Rochester           mk iii?
Tonbridge           mk iv    served in France.
Tunbridge Wells
For a discussion on the Ashford tank. http://www.activeboard.com/forum.spark?aBID=63528&p=3&topicID=29466387
Maidstone, Canterbury. http://www.activeboard.com/forum.spark?aBID=63528&p=3&topicID=11185428
HMS Pembroke had one presented to it by the Tank Corps in recognition of the Chatham Gunnery School training the tank crews in the use of the naval guns that were fitted to the tanks. The Portsmouth Gunnery School tank is now displayed in the Tank Musuem. The Chatham one was scrapped!

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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #34 on: November 05, 2009, 21:53:41 »
Here is a further image I found of the Rochester Tank in the Castle gardens with members of the band of the Royal Berkshire Regiment.


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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #33 on: October 28, 2009, 19:51:36 »
The Faversham tank may well have seen action, the rails over the top , used to prevent the unditching beam catching on the top of the tank, were only fitted once the tank was in France.
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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #32 on: October 28, 2009, 15:39:13 »
Thats the one that legend says is buried in the recreation ground !!!
First pic going along road by Water Tower.
Second outside station Last cant see where  looks like rec. where it was located then.

Heres a bit cribbed from the Faversham Society News Letter Nov 2007.



THE REC TANK some people still remember, and
others ask about it. It came to Faversham in
recognition of the town's sterling National Savings
efforts during World War 1. 264 other towns in
England and Wales were similarly rewarded. The
experts tell us it was a 'female' tank, whatever this
means - the mind boggles. It arrived by rail from
Bovington Camp and was then driven by a Tank Corps
crew down Newton Road and along East Street to its
final resting place at the SW corner of the Rec,
discharging an impressive if unhealthy exhaust in the
process. The impression was given by the National
War Savings Committee that it had seen active service,
but if it bore scars, learner-drivers rather than enemy
action were probably to blame - most of the tanks had
been used only for training purposes. It was
eventually scrapped, like all the others, bar one - the
one at Ashford, which survived only because the local
electricity undertaking used it to house a transformer.

Source;_ Faversham Society News Letter Nov 2007.



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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #31 on: October 28, 2009, 09:06:06 »
They are from a bygone kent book that was found at a bootfair  :)

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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #30 on: October 27, 2009, 20:36:20 »
Superb!
Thanks Kyn.
I've changed my mind again - it wasn't hearsay!

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Re: WWI Tanks in Kent
« Reply #29 on: October 27, 2009, 13:41:08 »
Faversham tank  :)


 

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