Great War tank awarded for town remembered

By Chris Betteley in Other News

ABERYSTWYTH’S amazing fund-raising efforts for the Great War which resulted in a tank being presented to the town have been remembered this week.

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales said that in a bid to raise money for the war effort, “several tanks were used at fundraising events all over Britain, to encourage people to purchase Government War Bonds and War Savings Certificates.”

“The campaign pledged to present some of those towns that had ‘done their bit’ with a tank as a token of thanks,” a spokesperson for the royal commission said.

“During one week in 1918, Aberystwyth raised an amazing £682,448, the second highest total for the British Empire, coming second to Singapore.”

The tank, described at the time as a new “wonder weapon” was originally conceived as an agricultural vehicle, using tracks to spread the weight on the ground.

“The military soon saw the potential for use on the battlefield, and the Royal Navy developed the technology.

“By the end of the First World War, over two and a half thousand tanks were manufactured in the UK.”

• Do any readers remember the tank? If so, contact Cambrian News Timewatch writer Julie McNicholls Vale on julie@cambrian-news.co.uk or write to her at 7, Aberystwyth Science Park SY23 3AH.

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