Milena places the symbolic brick. This particular brick being salvaged from the original memorial which was destroyed in a road traffic collision.
Later to be included within the replacement reconstruction as seen above.
The replacement memorial is almost a mirror copy of the original memorial but with slightly amended text plate, re-positioned Memorial Register Cupboard & tank plate.
In part, the original memorial lives on within the new............
Thank you guys. Top bricklayers indeed!
Above left & right:
The TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT text plate is fitted by creators "Timmermans" stone masons of Ypres. The TMYS text plate now represents ALL those commemorated by the CWGC in Belgium.
The new memorial information board now in place offering dedicated text in Dutch, French, English & German along with a superb image of the British tank D29 Damon II originally located where the TMYS stands today.
Illuminated & no longer in the shadow of the wonderful George Guynemer Memorial.
The TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT commemorates 243 WW1 TANK CORPS
(formerly known as the HEAVY BRANCH MACHINE GUN CORPS) soldiers who are cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Belgium.
Also commemorated is a single WW2 ROYAL TANK REGIMENT soldier buried nearby.
Images taken during the recent Cockcroft & FRAY BENTOS tank actions commemorations.
From left to right: TMYS Standard Bearer: former 5th Inniskilling Dragoon Guards & Queens Own Yeomanry A/W02 Wayne Evans, TMYS founders Chris Lock & Milena Kolarikova-Lock BA, former Belgian Army M47 tank crewman & Friends of the TMYS board member - Andre Cloet & former Belgian Para/Commando - Jean Pierre Masschelein Standard Bearer RBLS Passchendaele Branch.
Chris reveals the above action reports and gallantry citations to all in attendance.
Above left & right:
Milena places the TMYS wreaths on behalf of the TMYS Honorary President:
Lt Gen (Retd) David Leakey CMG CBE & the Friends of the TMYS.
The TMYS Garden of Remembrance.
The Garden contains 244 personalised poppy tributes, one for each WW1 and WW2 tank soldier commemorated by the TMYS. Each is fixed into a wooden beam system emulating the concrete system as used by the CWGC for headstone fixing within their cemeteries. The garden also contains flanders fields soil collected from the Ypres Salient battlefields where Tank Corps soldiers fought and fell.
The "garden" is safely stored within the Langemark-Poelkapelle town hall and is placed at the memorial during the annual ceremony.
Throughout 2017-18, the garden will be on public display in the town hall public foyer during dedicated Tank Corps action dates as will the TMYS "Book of Remembrance" which will be available for signature. On conclusion of 2018 the book will be placed within the TMYS archives in perpetuity.
THE TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT STANDARD
Above left & right:
The TMYS Standard & Standard Bearer Mr Wayne Evans, formerly of the
5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards & Cheshire Yeomanry Squadron,
The Queen's own Yeomanry.
THE TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT LEGACY.
TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT LEGACY CD contains a unique photograph of
every soldier's grave or memorial listing commemorated by the TMYS in
Also included are the CWGC burial/memorial, personal military/civil details where known, applicable to each soldier.
soldier's grave or memorial received a dedicated visit, poppy tribute
& Exhortation with details being registered in the cemetery/memorial
visitors book. This being on top of every commemorated soldier having a
personalised poppy cross fixed within the memorial's dedicated garden
Copies of the TMYS Legacy CD has since been placed into the care of Royal Tank Regiment RHQ and Bovington Tank Museum. *Copies are available for donation on behalf of TMYS commemorative funds.
TANK CORPS/TMYS tie & TMYS Supporters brass tie/lapel pin.
TANK CORPS/TMYS tie with TMYS supporters brass tie/lapel pin.
TANK CORPS/TMYS tie with TMYS brass tie/lapel pin.
Top quality, UK made embroidered polyester tie 15.00 sterling
Top quality TMYS brass supporters tie/lapel pin 3.60 sterling
P/P from Belgium;
Tie alone or as a set 2.85 sterling
Pin alone 90p sterling
All proceeds less production/pp charges on behalf of TMYS flags replacement, ceremonial poppy wreath provision & TMYS Standard Bearer's uniform accoutrements.
TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT LETTER
RECEIVED FROM BUCKINGHAM PALACE.
TMYS HONORARY PRESIDENT:
LT GENERAL (RETD) DAVID LEAKEY CMG CBE
The current Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, Lt General (Retd) David Leakey CMG CBE
& Honorary President of the TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT & it's Friends organisation.
Prior to his retirement from the Army and pre Black Rod status:
Lt General David Leakey CMG CBE seen alongside Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II &
Major General Chris Deverell MBE at Buckingham Palace. *Major General Deverell MBE dedicated the TMYS at it's inauguration ceremony in 2009.
receipt of the above letter signed by Sonia Bonici, Senior
Correspondence Secretary to HM the Queen's Private Secretary at
Buckingham Palace, key persons involved in the creation and construction
of the TMYS then in due course received
Her Majesty's Britannic Ambassador to Belgium commendation.
were presented on conclusion of a special commemoration reception
held within the British Ambassador's residence in Brussels where Her
Dr Rachel Aaron offered the following statement to all present:
behalf of Her Majesty's Government and her people, I thank Chris and
his committee for their dedication and for their great achievement on
behalf of the tank crews lost in the Ypres Salient.
above statement is revealed within the official commendation itself
& for that Ambassador Aaron, we are all truly very grateful. Thank
THE 2012 HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II DIAMOND JUBILEE
2012 TMYS ANNUAL CEREMONY
In order to commemorate the unique 2012 HM Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee & the 2012 TMYS annual ceremony, a one off run of commemorative medals were created & purchased by the TMYS founders to celebrate this joint commemoration.
medal design is the result of an official nationals schools competition
coupled with accompanying ribbon bearing the colours of the TANK CORPS
President, Vice President, Board of Administrators, the TMYS
Standard & the assistant memorial pipers each received the medal
with accompanying diploma during the ceremony concluding reception.
THE 2015 TMYS ANNUAL CEREMONY, DEDICATION OF THE ROBERTSON VC/ALLEN DCM PLAQUE AT REUTEL WITH DINNER INVITATION, MENIN GATE MEMORIAL LAST POST CEREMONY, RECEPTION & TANK ACTION BATTLEFIELD WALK/GRAVE PILGRIMAGE.
Attending this group of commemorations amongst many others were:
Her Majesty's Britannic Ambassador to Belgium: Alison Rose
The TMYS Honorary President: Lt General (Retd) David Leakey CMG CBE
The RBL National Vice Chairman Mr Terry Whittles
The Belgian military Commander for West Flanders: Colonel Onraet
The CCMP military Commander Colonel Borremans
Last Post bugler: Mr Ronnie Loof
The representative of the Burgomaster of Langemark-Poelkapelle:
The 2014-2018 Commisionaire of the Great War commemorations: Paul Breyne
The Chaplain of St George's Memorial Church, Revd Brian Llewellyn
The representatives & standards of the Belgian Royal Entente, the British Torch of remembrance Belgium Branch, RBL Ypres Branch and RBL Scotland Passchendaele Branch.
Also attending were the families of Capt Clement Robertson VC & Gnr Cyril Allen DCM.
DINING IN EVENING 28/APRIL/2015
MERLIJN RESTAURANT, (ROBERTSON'S BRIDGE) REUTEL NEAR YPRES.
THE 2015 TMYS ANNUAL CEREMONY 29/APRIL 2015
POELKAPELLE, NEAR YPRES.
CAPTAIN ROBERTSON VC & GNR ALLEN DCM
MEMORIAL PLAQUE DEDICATION
MERLIJN RESTAURANT, (ROBERTSON'S BRIDGE) REUTEL 29/APRIL 2015
INCLUSION WITHIN THE FAMOUS 8PM LAST POST CEREMONY,
MENIN GATE MEMORIAL &
CONCLUDING TOAST OF REMEMBRANCE, YPRES.
WALKING IN THE TANK TRACKS AND FOOTSTEPS OF
No12 SECTION, A COY, A BATTALION, TANK CORPS: 30/APRIL 2015
GRAVESIDE PILGRIMAGE ON BEHALF OF
CAPTAIN ROBERTSON VC & GNR ALLEN DCM
THEY FEARED NAUGHT!
LEST WE FORGET