The TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT and it's on site “Register Book” commemorates 243
WW1 tank crewmen who were killed in
action or died of wounds and are commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves
Commission in Belgium.
Also commemorated is a single WW2 Royal Tank Regiment soldier buried nearby.
The standards of the Royal Tank Regiment Association Nottingham & London Branch, the Royal British Legion Ypres Branch and the British Torch of Remembrance Belgium Branch offer salutations alongside the "Garden of Remembrance"
All stand amongst a sea of floral and poppy wreath tributes placed during the inauguration ceremony.
British Army Commanders, Royal Tank Regiment Commanders, the RTR Regimental Colonel, Officers, NCO's & soldiers amongst others attended the inauguration ceremony.
THE TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT
"GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE"
The "TMYS Garden of Remembrance" is an integral piece of the memorial and contains 243 personalised poppy crosses applicable to each WW1 fallen British tank soldier buried or commemorated in Belgium. A further personalised poppy cross commemorates a single WW2 RTR tank soldier buried nearby.
The poppy crosses are all fixed within wooden beams, thus emulating the concrete beams used by the CWGC within it's cemeteries.
Flanders fields soil recovered from the collective Ypres Salient battlefields applicable to where the men fought and fell is also included within the garden.
The TMYS no longer in the shadow of the nearby Guynemer Memorial once darkness falls. Both memorials are now illuminated together forever.
Tank D29 Damon II was knocked out just in front of where the Cafe De Zwaan can be seen in this image immediately behind D29. On conclusion of the war, the tank was recovered and moved to the very spot where the TMYS stands today and became the village war memorial.
In 1941 the Germans took the tank away when it was smelted it for their own war effort.
Assistant Chaplain General Father Francis Barber (RC) 1st UK Armoured Division
blessed the new memorial.
Major General Chris Deverell MBE dedicated the TMYS on Saturday 10/10/2009.
THE TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT
DEDICATED WREATH INSERT
The TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT LEGACY includes a CD which contains a unique photograph of every soldier's grave or memorial to the missing listing commemorated by the TMYS. Also included are location/personal details applicable to each soldier.
Each soldier received a dedicated visit, poppy tribute placement, the "Exhortation" with details of the visit being placed within the cemetery/memorial visitors book.
The legacy was then placed into the care of Royal Tank Regiment RHQ and Bovington Tank Museum. Copies are available for donation.
*All donations received go towards TMYS running costs and wreaths.
TANK MEMORIAL AWARDS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENT LETTER RECEIVED FROM BUCKINGHAM PALACE
THE TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT
DEDICATED SERVICE MEDAL
A one off run of 20 commemorative medals were struck and supplied by Thomas Fratorini Ltd, medal suppliers to HM the Queen.
Medals with diplomas were awarded by the Founder of the TMYS Chris Lock to 18 individuals and groups who were identified as being integral to the creation of the TMYS
Please visit the Friends of the TMYS face book page below for images and reports concerning the 2013 TMYS annual ceremony and day of events which took place on Saturday 22/06/13
THE 2014 ANNUAL CEREMONY
DAY OF EVENTS ITINERARY
Service/Ceremonial details. Date to be confirmed....
Chaplain Brian Llewellyn will hold a short "Office" within St George's Memorial Church in Ypres which will include the following:
The full 3 verse version national hymn "I vow to thee my Country"
The Chaplain will offer the Regimental Collect and a suitable reading will also be offered.
The service will conclude with the playing of the National Anthems of Great Britain and Belgium.
*The remaining daily itinerary will require own transportation.
11.30 hrs.The 2014 TMYS annual ceremony in Poelkapelle.
Refreshments/ light lunch at cost in Poelkapelle. *Venue to be confirmed.
We then travel to the grave of the "Unknown Tank Soldier" who rests in peace within Wijtschaete CWGC Cemetery where a wreath, suitable poem and pipe lament will be offered.
*This cemetery is located nearby and on route to the following location.
A short wreath placement ceremony will then take place at the nearby Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing.
All three major memorials to the missing which include Tank Corps soldiers who have no known grave will then have received a dedicated TMYS annual ceremony commemoration.
An official Reception will then take place at the Cafe Caracus, this being the same venue as used in 2013.
This again being courtesy of the Langemark - Poelkapelle Authority.
A TMYS delegation attendance inclusion within the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing Last Post Ceremony and follow up social gather in the nearby Ypra Inn.
Sunday date and time to be confirmed:
Chaplain Brian Llewellyn offers all attending TMYS/FotTMYS members and their guests a respectful invitation to attend the normal Sunday morning St George's Memorial Church service.
DESTRUCTION OF THE TMYS
It is my painful duty to reveal that the TMYS has been destroyed during a road traffic collision. The rubble was cleared away yesterday leaving only the imprint of where this fine tank memorial inaugurated in 2009 by Major General Chris Deverell MBE in 2009 once stood. On conclusion of this ceremony the TMYS was placed into the ownership of Langemark-Poelkapelle Authority who have confirmed that the memorial will be rebuilt in due course under their monuments insurance policy.
On behalf of the Tank Corps fallen and the RTR today, both myself and Milena as Founder and Co-Founder of this once fine memorial are delighted to report that the Langemark-Poelkapelle Authority are clearly committed and dedicated in protecting the TMYS situated on their territory. In return we offer our respect and sincere gratitude.
The damaged TMYS was broken down and removed by
local authority engineers on 30/8/2013.
A BRAND NEW TMYS HAS RISEN FROM THE RUBBLE......
Included within the below image is a sprightly almost 90 years young
Lt (Ret) Eric Smallwood: today Honorary Vice President of the Friends of the TMYS as he stands proudly to attention in front of the memorial which commemorates his regiment's fallen who fell within the Salient and are buried or commemorated in Belgium by the CWGC today.Lt Eric commanded a troop of 8 Cromwell tanks during WW2 and commanded the first tank into Hamburg. He and his men also engaged and took on the feared Tiger tanks and although they lost many of their comrades in the process, they eventually won the day. *Every year Lt Eric still drives to a certain Dutch village and apologises for blowing off the spire of their village church whilst dealing with a nearby Tiger which had destroyed several of his tanks.
Today Lt Eric is a guest of honour and has been very much forgiven for shooting up their church. Lt Eric also attended the final capitulation meetings attended by the Red Army representative Field Marshall Georgie Zhukov.
The Friends Honorary President is Lt General (Ret) David Leakey CMG CBE and both he and Lt Eric are supported by the Friends of the TMYS Board of Admistrators and it's membership.
Honorary Vice President of the Friends of the TMYS, Lt (Ret) Eric Smallwood flanked left by the TMYS Standard Bearer Mr Peter Mahieu and right, Mr Alex Hamilton, Standard Bearer of the RTRA Nottingham Branch
The TMYS Standard
The newly reconstructed Tank Memorial Ypres Salient also received it's brand new Standard on Saturday, November 23rd 2013. This being gifted to the memorial by the Royal Tank Regiment Association Nottingham Branch.
Revd Brian Llewellyn of St George's Memorial Church Ypres, Belgium, blesses the new Standard at it's official dedication service on Saturday November 23rd 2013 in the presence of the RTRA Nottingham Branch, Friends of the TMYS and invited guests.
Revd Brian is also Honorary Chaplain to the Friends of the TMYS.
The new TMYS Standard & long standing RTRA Nottingham Branch Standard flanked by the current Royal British Legion Ypres Branch Standard & Belgian Royal Entente Standards during their inclusion within the same day 8pm Last Post Ceremony.
The gifting of the new TMYS Standard was only made possible due to the generosity of the RTRA Nottingham Branch.
Special mention of gratitude must go to the Branch Secretary Brian and Janet Rogers for their guidance, vision and dedication in ensuring the Standard was achieved.
We at the TMYS and it's conjoined Friends of the TMYS will never forget your collective wonderful gesture. Thank you!
Attending members of the Friends of the TMYS & RTRA Nottingham Branch share a moment of contemplation and comradeship on conclusion of the ceremony.