HBMGC/Tank Corps Memorial Ypres Salient 1917 - 1918

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  1. Good CO

    Good CO LE Admin

    (from Switches - copied from the 3RTR forum)

    A brand new HBMGC/Tank Corps Memorial commemorating the entire HBMGC and Tank Corps actions in the Ypres Salient during WW1, is to be placed in the little Village of Poelkapelle, West Flanders, Belgium. This Memorial will then become the ONLY Tank Memorial in Belgium. The official Inauguration date has yet to arranged however, this date will revolve around the RTR entirely. I envisage it will be at the latter end of the year.

    Sitrep today.

    The proposed Memorial has been designed.
    The funding is in place and secure.
    The Flemish Government and local Governement have officially offered the plot of land in Perpetuity.
    RTR HQ & the RTR are directly involved.
    * All official RTR Association branches will be contacted soon, either by RTR HQ or myself in due time regarding attendance details etc.
    Discussions are at present taking place between all parties concerned, regarding the Inauguration Ceremony date and details.
    Apart from the main Inauguration Ceremony, the 2 day event will also come complete with a wreath lay Ceremony at the grave of Captain Robertson VC Tank Corps. The necessary Menin Gate Memorial Last Post Ceremony and a battlefield tour.


    Chris Lock.

    Coordinator. Proposed Tank Corps Memorial Ypres Salient 1917 - 1918.

    Edited to add awaiting further info from bjt and will add info as and when.
  2. elovabloke

    elovabloke LE Moderator

    This will be updated over the weekend with the info sent by BanjoTrooper with further updates from Bovy as and when.
  3. elovabloke

    elovabloke LE Moderator

  4. elovabloke

    elovabloke LE Moderator

    Thank you for your phone calls and emails.

    For those of you who wish to make a donation as previously mentioned, here you go:


    IBAN BE24 0015 7748 5738

    Swift code: GEBABEBB

    Receipts will be sent out monthly if required.

    The account has been set up to accept Sterling or Euros.

    Please note: The banks over here will NOT accept UK cheques. All donations by bank transfer using the above codes only. * Please confirm with me donation details once donation has been paid in by pm or email.

    If you wish, your personal details will be included in the Memorial Register book credits section as also mentioned however, your donation figures will not show. Please include your Name Rank Number and Regiment/Unit. RTR Associations etc will appear by Association name.
  5. elovabloke

    elovabloke LE Moderator

    Cheers Ludge. Please also pm me YOUR NAME, RANK, NUMBER and UNIT :roll: for spell check confirmation etc. This applies to ALL sponsors please. If Ex, your last military personal details will do. The Memorial WILL only have RTR/ATTACHED sponsors. To be eligible for inclusion, current/past RTR/ATTACHED personal ID required. Then forward on to me via email or pm please. :wink:
    A certain well known RTR personality has just pledged £500.00. Nice one Sir! :D
    If you require your personal details to be included in the Memorial Register Book sponsors section. You will need to do this however, it is not compulsary. Remember guys, it will not show the donation figures, only that you are a bona fide sponsor of the Memorial itself.

    Bank address Details:

    Fortis Bank,
    Kantoor Zonnebeke,
    Langemarkstraat 19,
    8980 Zonnebeke,
    West Flanders.

    To pay in:

    IBAN BE24 0015 7748 5738
    Swift Code GEBABEBB

    Any probs, just shout OK! :wink:
  6. elovabloke

    elovabloke LE Moderator

  7. elovabloke

    elovabloke LE Moderator

    On page 2 of www.tankmemorial.vpweb.co.uk at the bottom of the page. You will see 2 photo's of knocked out C Batt tanks. One is C47. If anyone can help us ID this tank by name or both from any books you lot may have, we would appreciate it very much! Thank you.
  8. Hi Guys.

    The Tank Memorial web site has been much uploaded over the last week or so.

    All future Inauguration Ceremony and Memorial details will be placed on the main Tank Memorial Ypres Salient and RTR web sites.

    Please go www.tankmemorial.vpweb.co.uk

    or www.royaltankregiment.com


  9. The Inauguration weekend has now been confirmed as Saturday 10th October and Sunday 11th October 2009.
    Please go www.tankmemorial.vpweb.co.uk for new image of Tank Memorial and Itinerary.

    Best wishes.

    Chris Lock.
    Coordinator Tank Memorial Ypres Salient.
  10. The Tank Memorial Ypres Salient web site has been updated with new information.

    The Inauguration Ceremony weekend is attracting much attention indeed! I have been receiving many communications regarding accommodation in the town. Much has already been booked. If you are serious about attending this very special Ceremony and tank battlefield tour, I can only suggest you book sooner rather than later.

    I have respectfully requested a RTR senior Officer, Regimental Standard and Guard Party plus regimental piper. RTR HQ will confirm this attendance in late July or otherwise.

    The UK Ambassador to Belgium has been invited.
    Harry Patch, the Last Fighting Tommie has been invited. He fought alongside the Tank Corps with the 20th Light Divisions assault into Langemark during the 3rd Battle of Ypres.
    The Belgian Military will emulate the British Army attendance. It is their Memorial likewise. It was their troops who eventually captured the fortified Village of Poelcapelle.
    The families of several Tank Corps Gallantry medal winners will be attending including the family of Capt Clement Robertson VC. They will be bringing his actual VC with them to his graveside and to the Memorial Inauguration Ceremony. His was the 1st VC to the Tank Corps.
    All RTR Associations will be invited along with Belgian Veterans Associations.
    Several Pipe & Drum bands have already committed themselves.
    There will be a special Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing on the Saturday evening. Please go www.lastpost.be and see calendar listing.
    This is becoming a major RTR ceremony indeed!

    Please go www.tankmemorial.vpweb.co.uk for new updates.

    Best wishes.

    Chris Lock.
    Coordinator. Tank Memorial Ypres Salient.
  11. YesItsMe

    YesItsMe LE Good Egg (charities)

    I remember seeing the first rough draft in February and it already caught me.

    But this sure looks absolutely brilliant now. I'm deeply impressed, BT. What a heck of a job !
  12. Just had a week end with Mr & Mrs BJT down in lovely Wipers. It turned out to be a working week end, as we all ended up doing a TEWT for the memorial day in October. For me I doing the Capt Robertson route was absolutely fantastic & for those who turn up for that week end are in for a fascinating time. The other wonderful experience that I had, was meeting the local population who are 100% involved with this project, from the local school in Polcapelle to the man who is the brain child of building the replica MK IV. If you haven't already, look at the site, pass the word around to those who don't have IT or electricity, it be a shame if we the RTR can't match the local turnout :D


    This is Johan, local teacher/engineer who has already completed a full size WW1 aircraft flying replica. He think this will take another 2 years, he is even going to re-produce the links. A lot of help has come from T31b on the oily bits.


    A likely crew :? :roll:


    Close up of the frame work, which wil be clad in metal, not wood or plastic :D
  13. New updates added to the Tank Memorial Ypres Salient web site. Especially to the Inauguration Ceremony itinerary. :wink:

    Here you go: http://www.tankmemorial.vpweb.co.uk/

    Best wishes.

  14. You're doing a cracking job BJT, keep at it mate. Good luck.