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War: Ashford Commemorates Centenary of the First World War Battle of Cambrai

Contributed by editor on Oct 12, 2017 - 01:55 AM

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Ashford Borough Council will be hosting an event to mark the centenary of the Battle of Cambrai, which took place on the 20th November 1917 during the First World War.

 

The Battle of Cambrai was the first major tank offensive of the war, and signified a major turning point in the history of warfare. 476 ‘Mark IV’ tank variants were deployed in the battle, with heavy losses on both sides.

A service of commemoration will take place on Friday 17th November at 11am at Ashford’s very own Mark IV tank, pictured above, and sited at St George’s Square in the town centre. Wreaths will be laid during the service and presentations on the history of the Battle of Cambrai and history of the Mark IV Tank will be given.

 


The event commemorates not only the men who bravely gave their lives during the battle, but also remembers those on the home front who underpinned the war effort. In fact, the people of Ashford responded so generously to the National War Savings Appeal, that in 1919 the town was presented with a Mark IV Tank in recognition of those efforts.

The tank is now 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.

 


 

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