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The Lincoln Tank

THE "PRESENTATION" TANKS

In November 1917 two Mark IV 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" for National War Savings.   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.

 

The Mark IV Male had a crew of 8 and carried 4 Lewis machine guns as well as the two sponson guns (now with shorter barrels). The Female had six machine guns. Two of the machine guns were operated by the gun loaders.

The MKIV was an up-armoured version of the Mark I with all fuel stored in a single external tank (located between the rear track horns) in an attempt to improve crew safety. The sponsons could be pushed in to reduce the width of the tank for rail transportation. Rails on the roof carried an unditching beam.

HM Tank No 113, named 'Julian', was the centre of attention in the Main Street in Coatbridge in August 1918. 'Huge crowds lined the streets to watch Julian's progress through the "Fountain" to the Town Hall' which included smashing its way through a wall at Cliftonhill. Children were allowed to 'peep into the mysterious interior' if they bought a War Savings Certificate.

If you have any information and photographs of the tank in your town please get in touch with Robert Scott the Chairman of the Friends of the Lincoln Tank at the following email address:

 lincolntank@operamail.com

 Friends of the Lincoln Tank Group
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