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 buried or commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Belgium.
Also commemorated is a WW2 Royal Tank Regiment tank crew member 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" and floral tributes placed during the inauguration ceremony.
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.
Above left & right:
The memorial is blessed by having access to not one but two pipers.
Pipe Major Eric Remy is assisted by Piper Pierre Dervaux when required.
British Army Commanders, Royal Tank Regiment Commanders, the RTR Regimental Colonel, Officers, NCO's & soldiers amongst others attended the inauguration ceremony.
The TMYS is 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
LEGACY & DEDICATED WREATH
The TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT LEGACY CD contains a unique photograph of every soldier's grave or memorial listing commemorated by the TMYS.
Also included are the CWGC burial/memorial, personal military/civil details applicable to each soldier.
Each soldier's grave or memorial received a dedicated visit, poppy tribute placement & "Exhortation" with details concerning this dedicated visit being placed within the cemetery/memorial visitors book.
The legacy has since been placed into the care of Royal Tank Regiment RHQ and Bovington Tank Museum. Copies are available for donation.
*All donations received go towards TMYS ceremony running costs and wreath purchase.
The TMYS dedicated wreath.
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 received the:
Her Majesty's Britannic Ambassador to Belgium commendation.
These were presented during a special commemoration reception held within the British Ambassador's residence in Brussels. Her Excellency, Ambassador Dr Rachel Aron 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 phrase of appreciation is revealed within the official commendation itself & for that Ambassador Aron, we are all truly very grateful. Thank you.
HM Queen Elizabeth II, Colonel in Chief of the Royal Tank Regiment,
Major General Chris Deverell MBE dedicated the TMYS during it's inauguration ceremony.
Lt General (Retd) David Leakey CMG CBE, currently the Gentleman Usher of the
Black Rod in the House of Lords & Honorary President to the TMYS and it's conjoined Friends of the TMYS organization.
THE 2014 ANNUAL TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT CEREMONY
& DAY OF COMMEMORATION EVENTS
Saturday June 7th 2014
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!
DEDICATION OF THE TANK MEMORIAL STANDARD
The Tank Memorial Ypres Salient received its brand new Standard on:
Saturday, November 23rd 2013.
Donated 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 its 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 donation 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 Rogers and his wife Janet Rogers for their vision and dedication in ensuring the Standard was achieved.
We at the TMYS and its conjoined Friends of the TMYS will never forget their 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 at the
Tank Memorial in Poelkapelle.