Presentation Tanks

THE “PRESENTATION” TANKS – What they were and where they were:

In November 1917 two Mark I V tanks made their debut at the Lord Mayor Show in London this was the first time the public had seen the new “wonder machine”, because of this success the Government decided to use the tank to raise money and support from the sale of War Bonds and War Savings Certificates. Six Mark IV male tanks “Egbert” N0141, “Nelson” N0130, “Julian” No 113,”Old Bill” No 119, “Drake” No 137 and “Iron Rations” No 142 toured England, Wales and Scotland in 1918 raising Millions of pounds through “Tank Bank Weeks” At the End of the War it was decided to release tanks to City’s and Towns in England and Wales. They stood in parks and other places all were scrapped in the 1920’s and 1930’s except for the Ashford tank in Kent.

Here below are the lists of the City’s and Towns in England and Wales, Scotland also had tanks as well but there seem to be no lists published.

Aberavon, Abergavenny, Aberystwyth, Ashford, Ashton under Lyne, Aylesbury, Banbury, Bangor, Barnolswick, Barnsley, Basinstoke, Bath, Batley, Berwick-on-Tweed, Beverley, Bexhill-On-Sea, Birmingham, Bishop Auckland, Blackburn, Backpool, Boston, Brentwood, Bridgewater, Bridlington, Brierley HiII, Brighouse, Brighton, Bristol, Burton-on Trent, Bury, Bury St Edmonds, Cambourne, Canterbury, Cardiff, Carlisle, Carmarthen, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, High Wycombe, Cheshunt, Chesterfield, Chichester, Cleethorpes, Clitheroe, Cockermouth, Colchester, Colne, Colwyn Bay, Consett, Coventry, Crewe, Crompton, Darleston, Darlington, Deal, Derby, Dewsbury, Doncaster, Durham, Dudley, Eastbourne, Elland, Epsom, Evesham, Exmouth, Falmouth, Farsley, Faversham, Folkestone, Frome, Glossop, Gloucester, Goole, Gosport, Grantham, Great Crosby, Grimsby, Guildford, Halifax, Hartlepool, Haslington, Hastings, Hemel Hempstead, Hereford, Hertford, Hinckley, Hitchin, Holborn, Holyhead, Horsham, Hove, Hoylake and West Kirby, Huddersfield, Hull, Hyde, Hythe, Ipswich, Kendal, Kettering, Kidderminster, Kings Lynn, Kingswood, Lancaster, Leamington Spa, Leeds, Leicester, Leigh, Lewes, Lincoln, Llandudno, Llanelly, Lowerstoft, Luton, Maidstone, Malvern, Manchester, Mansfield, Marple, Maryport, Merthyr Tydfil, Middlesborough, Middleton, Millom, Milnrow, Mirfield, Morley, Morpeth, Neath, Nelson, Newalk, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newcastle-upon- Tyne, Newport (IOW) , Newport (Wales) Newton Abbot, Newtown, Northampton, Norwich, Notttingham, Oldbury, Oldham, Oxford, Pembroke, Penarth, Peterborough, Pontefract, Portsmouth, Preston, Radcliffe, Ramsbottom, Reading, Redcar, Redditch, Redruth, Reigate, Retford, Rochester, Rotherham, Royton, Rugby, Runcorn, Rushden, Ryde (IOW), St Albans, Salford, Salisbury, Scarborough, Scunthorpe, Sheffield, Shrewsbury, Smethwick, South port, South Shields, Spalding, Stamford, Stoke-on- Trent, Stourbridge, Stratford-on- Avon Stroud, Surbiton, Sutton Coalfield, Swansea, Taunton, Tiverton, Tonbridge, Torquay, Trowbridge, Truro, Tunbridge Wells, Tynemouth, Ulverston, Wakefield, Walsall, Warrington, Warwick, Waterloo-with-Seaforth, Wellington (Shropshire), Weston-superĀ­Mare, Whitehaven, Wigan, Willenhall, Winchester, Windermere, Windsor, Wisbech, Wolverhampton, Worcester, Workington, Worksop, Worthing, Wrexham, York.

Tanks were also presented in Belgium and France in Towns along the Western Front.