Presentation tanks were given to the towns and cities across Britain to help raise funds for the war effort.
For more than three decades, the World War One Mark IV female tank has taken pride of place at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, loaned by Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset, to honour Lincoln’s role in the invention of the machine.
The recent discovery of a serial number, 2743, has allowed historians to trace its real past.
The tank was believed to have been a Flirt II that had been damaged during the conflict in France, captured by the Germans and taken to Belgium for propaganda reasons.
New evidence has shown the tank was known as ‘Daphne’ and saw service in France at Passchendaele during WWI with 12th Company, D Battalion of the Tank Corps in August 1917.
After the war, she was presented to the city of Gloucester and stood in Gloucester Park from 1919 until the 1940’s.
She was also on display at Hucclecote Airfield until the end of WWII and later arrived at the Royal Armoured Corps Centre at Bovington Camp, Dorset, where she became one of the first exhibits of the Tank Museum.
Councillor Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council and cabinet member for regeneration and culture, now wants to put together the missing pieces of the tank’s history.
“This is an exciting discovery for Gloucester,” he said.
“Does anyone remember the tank being on display in Gloucester Park? Or does anyone have photos showing the tank in our city?
“It’s also believed that the logbook was still inside the tank when it arrived in Gloucester in 1919, does anyone still have it?”
If you have any information please contact Gloucester City Museum on 01452 396131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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