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UNIQUE ID 1267: MARK I HEAVY TANK

The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Britain

(Location: World War I / George Forty Hall)


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Unique ID: 1267
Added to Database: 13 July 2010
Last Edited: 20 March 2012
Type (ID): Mark I (3700)
Model (ID): Mark I (3700)
Location Category (ID): The Tank Museum - Public Areas (3000)
Location (ID): World War I / George Forty Hall (3006)
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name: “Clan Leslie” (not original).
Other Identification: “C19” painted on forward hull sides.
Collection Reference: E1970.20.2. (Accession 2070, Entry 1970.1022).
Links: Museum Vehicle Record
An Evacuee Story
References:
Associated Tanks:

Location History:
(see map)

1: Metropolitan-Cammell Carriage and Wagon Company Limited, Wednesbury, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Britain (Primary manufacturer 1916)
2: Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, East England, Britain (8 May 1919 – 7 May 1969)
3: The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Current location)


Text in original Preserved British Tanks publication:

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Text in Preserved British Tanks Update:

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Text in original Preserved Tanks In Britain publication:

The Mark I was the first production tank. One hundred and fifty were built, half of them Male (armed with 6pdr guns) and half of them Female (armed with machine guns). This is the only one that has survived; it is a Male. It was given to the Marquess of Salisbury in gratitude for the use of his Hatfield Park estate for the secret acceptance trials of the first tank, in the presence of the King and Lord Kitchener. Unfortunately, exposed to the elements and vandalism, the tank fell into a state of disrepair, and corrosion led to one of the gun sponsons falling off. The tank stood on a plinth in the park for exactly 50 years to the day, before being moved to Bovington. It has a commemorative plaque that reads:

THE HATFIELD TANK
     THIS MARK 1 TANK WAS ORIGINALLY PLACED IN HATFIELD PARK ON 8TH MAY 1919 AS A PRESENTATION BY THE ARMY COUNCIL TO JAMES, 4TH MARQUESS OF SALISBURY, K.G., TO COMMEMORATE THE SECRET TRIALS AND INSPECTION THERE BY HM. KING GEORGE V IN FEBRUARY 1916 OF THE FIRST TYPE OF TANK APPROVED FOR THE BRITISH ARMY IN THE GREAT WAR

     AFTER 50 YEARS AT HATFIELD IT WAS PRESENTED BY ROBERT 5TH MARQUESS OF SALISBURY, K.G., P.C., TO THE R.A.C. TANK MUSEUM, AND WAS MOVED THERE ON 7TH MAY 1969.


It was equipped with the short six-pounder guns and small diameter gun shields from a later type of tank, was damaged at the rear and lacked the steering tail assembly and hydraulic apparatus. When it arrived at the Museum it received the hydraulics and tail from the museum’s Mark II tank and had the appearance of the guns restored cosmetically with wood. Originally displayed in grey, with the ‘Russian’ inscription, it was later repainted to represent the tank ‘Clan Leslie’ of ‘C’ Company of the Heavy Branch, the Machine Gun Corps, as it appeared during the Somme battle on 15 September 1916, complete with a replica of the 'bomb-proof' roof. It is displayed in a tableau, crushing a machine gun emplacement.


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March 2011

Front left view
1: Front left view

Taken: 11 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 6893
Added: 18 March 2012
Filename: 55281934...
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Rear left view
2: Rear left view

Taken: 11 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 6894
Added: 18 March 2012
Filename: 55281928...
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October 2008

Rear left view
3: Rear left view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3441
Added: 13 July 2010
Filename: P1030316...
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Front right view
4: Front right view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3442
Added: 13 July 2010
Filename: P1030311...
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Front right view
5: Front right view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3443
Added: 13 July 2010
Filename: P1030314...
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Front view
6: Front view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3444
Added: 13 July 2010
Filename: P1030315...
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Front left view
7: Front left view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3445
Added: 13 July 2010
Filename: P1030312...
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Front left view
8: Front left view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3446
Added: 13 July 2010
Filename: P1030313...
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Rear view
9: Rear view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3447
Added: 13 July 2010
Filename: P1030317...
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Rear right view
10: Rear right view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3448
Added: 13 July 2010
Filename: P1030318...
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Plaque
11: Plaque

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3449
Added: 13 July 2010
Filename: P1030319...
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October 1982

Front view
12: Front view

Taken: 26 October 1982
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6682
Added: 6 February 2012
Filename: Scan_Mar...
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April 1965

A photo of the Mark I on display in Hatfield park (digitally processed), original photo from Y. Samways
13: A photo of the Mark I on display in Hatfield park (digit...

Taken: April 1965
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3459
Added: 14 July 2010
Filename: Scan_Mar...
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