Mark IV Tank number 2324

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Reference WMO253674

Address:

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 states - "After the war this tank was presented to the Royal Navy Gunnery School at Portsmouth in recognition of their help training Tank Corps gunners. It was returned to the Tank Museum in the 1990s and restored to running order. However, to preserve the vehicle it is no longer driven. There are six Mark IV tanks left worldwide, three can be found in the UK." Because of its role at Portsmouth the IWM Register recognises it as a war memorial. It is to be found in Hall 3 - 'Tank Men'. The three brass plaques on the tank read as follows - 3 Brass Plaques 1) PRESENTED BY TANK CORP TRAINING CENTRE/ TO/ HMS EXCELLENT WHALE ISLAND IN RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION OF THE GREAT ASSISTANCE/ GIVEN IN TRAINING AND GUNNERY (6 pounder)/ 136 OFFICERS 2413 OTHER RANKS OF THE TANK CORPS/ WORRLD WAR 1 2) WORLD WAR II/ SERVED AS PART OF HMS EXCELLENT'S/ ROYAL NAVY BATTALION IN THE DEFENCES OF PORTSMOUTH AT/ A TIME WHEN WEAPONS WERE SCARCE AND THE/ THREAT OF A NAZI INVASION WAS VERY REAL. 3) 1971 PRESENTED BY HMS EXCELLENT, WHALE ISLAND TO RAC CENTRE AND RESTORED TO ORIGINAL CONDITION BY CRAFTSMEN OF 18 COMMAND WORKSHOP REME 1974. NOTED FOR THEIR SILENCE DURING APPROACH TO FRONT LINE BEFORE AN ATTACK AND COULD HARDLY BE HEARD AT 250 YARDS RANGE
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