Household Cavalry and Royal Armoured Corps Memorial

I found the Household Cavalry and Royal Armoured Corps Memorial while visiting the Tank Museum at Bovington in December 2013. The museum is an amazing experience on its own, and the memorial just adds that much more to the experience.

Sadly, this memorial is still being added to, the last names on it date to Iraq 2003, and I am sure that even more will be added as wars never really end.

At the museum there is also a fibreglass replica of the Royal Tank Regiment Memorial Statue that stands in Whitehall Place in London.

The Memorial in London:

Images above taken in August 2020.  However, it is really the machines that are exhibited at this museum that are the real memorials to the men of the armoured corps, and it should be recognised that the first tank that appeared on the battlefield of World War 1, changed warfare forever.

The tank above is called a “Heavy Tank Mk V “Male””. It had a crew of 8 with a top speed of 7.4 kph. This particular vehicle took part in the battle of Amiens in August 1918, and was about as good as this particular style of tank was. It was armed with 2×6 pound (57mm) guns and 2 MG’s. 

The Tank Museum at Bovington is well worth visiting if you have an interest in armoured vehicles, it has an amazing collection, and at times a very poignant one, especially when you consider the frailty and sheer inadequacy of some of the tanks that trundled into battle.

DRW © 2014 – 2021. Created 23/11/2014, added images of London Memorial 30/08/2020, moved to Musings 31/01/2021

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