Mark I Tank

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Reference WMO253673

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Bovington Tank Museum

Bovington Camp

Bovington

England

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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Trophy/Relic
Materials:
  • Metal Iron
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: The notice board reads - "This Mark I tank is the only one that survives anywhere in the world. Little is known about its history during the First World War, but by the 1920's it was one of hundreds of disused tanks on Bovington Heath. It was later sent to Hatfield House in Hertfordshire to represent the very first tank 'Mother' trialled there in 1916." Because of this representative role it was designated a war memorial by the IWM Register. According to the IWM Register entry it was returned to Bovington in 2002. It plays a dramatic role in the museum. The visitor emerges from the reconstruction of a German trench in Hall 2 (Trench Experience) to find this monster looming over him at the entrance to Hall 3 with models of terrified German soldiers wondering whatever is going on. It should be noted that the IWM Register places the tank in the 'WW1 Hall'. The museum has since been reorganised and this room is now Hall 3 - Tank Men
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