The TMYS 2015 annual ceremony will take place on
A detailed and full itinerary will be included in due course.
The TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT and on site “Register Book” lists 243 WW1 tank crew members who were killed in action or died of wounds, and are buried or commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Belgium.
Also commemorated is a single WW2 Royal Tank Regiment tank crew member buried nearby.
The standards of the Royal Tank Regiment Association Nottingham & London Branch's, the Royal British Legion Ypres Branch and the British Torch of Remembrance Belgium Branch offer salutations alongside the "Garden of Remembrance" and floral tributes placed during the inauguration ceremony in 2009.
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 beam system used by the CWGC within its cemeteries.
All are set in Flanders fields soil recovered from the collective Ypres Salient battlefields, where the men of the TANK CORPS fought and fell.
The TMYS no longer hides in the shadow of the nearby Guynemer Memorial once darkness falls. Both memorials are now illuminated, side by side in perpetuity.
A British tank was knocked out in the vicinity of the nearby
Café De Zwaan, later constructed on conclusion of the war. The café still stands in situ today and can be seen in the above right image, immediately behind and to the right of both the unique George Guynemer & the tank itself.
On conclusion of the war, the tank was recovered from its muddy grave and moved to where the TMYS stands today and became a village tourist attraction.
In 1941 the Germans smelted the tank for their own war effort.
Above left & right:
British Army Commanders, Royal Tank Regiment Commanders, RTR Regimental Colonel, Officers, NCO's & soldiers amongst others attended the inauguration ceremony.
British Army 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
LEGACY & DEDICATED TMYS PIN AND TIE
The TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT LEGACY CD contains a unique photograph of every soldier's grave or memorial listing commemorated by the TMYS in Belgium.
Also included are the CWGC burial/memorial, personal military/civil details where known, applicable to each soldier.
Each soldier's grave or memorial received a dedicated visit, poppy tribute & Exhortation with details being registered in the cemetery/memorial visitors book.
The TMYS Legacy 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 funds.
The TMYS unique tie & TMYS Supporters brass pin.
Please contact Milena Kolarikova - Lock for prices and orders.
TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT LETTER
RECEIVED FROM BUCKINGHAM PALACE
On 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.
These were presented on conclusion of a special commemoration reception held within the British Ambassador's residence in Brussels where Her Excellency, Ambassador
Dr Rachel Aaron offered the following statement to all present:
On 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.
*The above statement is revealed within the official commendation itself & for that Ambassador Aaron, we are all truly very grateful. Thank you.
HM Queen Elizabeth II, Colonel in Chief of the Royal Tank Regiment,
today Lt General Chris Deverell MBE who dedicated the TMYS during it's inauguration ceremony & Lt General (Retd) David Leakey CMG CBE, currently Gentleman Usher of the
Black Rod in the House of Lords & Honorary President to the TMYS and its conjoined Friends of the TMYS organisation.
THE 2014 ANNUAL TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT CEREMONY
& DAY OF COMMEMORATION EVENTS
Saturday June 7th 2014
The TMYS is blessed by having access to memorial pipers.
Above left: Pipe Major Eric Remy.
Above right: Piper Pierre Dervaux.
A few images taken during the day of ceremonial events.
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN & IN THE MORNING,
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM. LEST WE FORGET!