Mark IV WWI tank

The people of Ashford in Kent have remembered those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Battle Of Cambrai 100 years ago in a moving ceremony at the town's very own Mark IV tank.

Crowds gathered, wreaths were laid and respects were paid during the poignant and emotional service.

Watch the Forces Radio BFBS Facebook Live of the event below.

Ashford is marking the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Cambrai

Posted by BFBS Radio on Friday, 17 November 2017

 

The Battle of Cambrai was a major turning point in the history of warfare. It was when tanks really came into their own for the first time. 476 'Mark IV' tank variants were deployed in the battle, with heavy losses on both sides.

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The event is particularly special for the residents of Ashford. During the First World War, they were so generous with their donations to the National War Savings Appeal, that the town was presented with a Mark IV Tank as a thank you.

The tank has now become a Grade II Listed, registered War Memorial, and of the 265 tanks that were distributed to communities throughout England and Wales, it is now the sole surviving example on public display.

Ashford Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Cllr Mike Bennett, said:

"The Mark IV tank is a significant part of Ashford's rich history and we are proud to have such a historic relic in the heart of the town centre."

"From more than 1,000 tanks built for combat during the First World War, it is the last of its kind to be on public outdoor display in a town, so it seems only fitting the commemoration service takes place there."

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