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61002: "A noisy arrival" of Tank 250 (Artist's impression of the arrival in Evesham Upper Abbey Park)

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posted on 2024-02-25, 18:30 authored by Great War Archive Project Team

Drawing by Mike Barnard of the "noisy arrival" of Tank 250 from the First World War, which was to be installed permanently in the Upper Abbey Park, Evesham. (Drawing done in 1998).

In the top right hand corner of one of the drawings is Mike's representation of his father John Barnard, in uniform, with a poppy background. This drawing was done with Mike's father's own pencil that he had carried with him in France.

Mike Barnard "The British tank was driven from bridge Street, down the Fleece Yard (now the park entrance) by Sammy Grove. It hit the wall in the narrowest part, knocking it down, much to the delight of schoolchildren who had assembled to watch the historic occasion. The tank was stripped of its guns and the engines were subsequently removed. In later years it was surrounded by a hedge and a fence. It was cut into pieces in the Second World War for conversion into munitions."

Part of a collection relating to Lance Corporal John Barnard (52258 Worcestershire regiment), market gardener of Badsey near Evesham; and his son Mike's drawings and newspaper articles relating to the First World War.

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Identifier

9580.cpd| 8282.jpg|GWA_7387_office00034.jpg 8283.jpg|GWA_7388_office00037.jpg

Creator

Barnard, Michael

Subject

Barnard, John

Date

16th December 1919

Date Created

16/12/1919

Source

Leaf

Medium

Paper

Type

Drawing

Pages

1, 2

Number of Pages

2

Contributor

Alun Edwards | Alun Edwards | Mike Barnard

Rights

The Great War Archive, University of Oxford / Primary Contributor

Publisher

The Great War Archive, University of Oxford

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