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November 10, 2016

It would be nice to say that I remembered the Tonbridge tank but it was long gone by the time I was there, I knew the Castle well enough, and the river Medway that runs by it, but the tank was scrapped in 1938, even before I was born.

It was a female tank, a Mark IV, and the presence of unditching beam rails along the top indicates that it served in France, while the red and white recognition stripes suggest that it served in 1918, maybe with 7th or 12th Battalions of the Tank Corps.

The tank arrived in Tonbridge on 29th July 1919 and was driven from, what was in those days, the South Eastern Railway station, to the site at Tonbridge Castle by the Tank Corps delivery crew. The tank itself was parked on some concrete hard standing on the north side of the Castle. It lasted until 1938 when it was broken up by a team from J. A. Parker, a scrap merchant from Portslade, near Brighton.

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