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I have just come across a Flickr photostream with very good quality images of this tank, and noticed for the first time the words 'Exeter August 1954' (with some letters before it I can't make out) written in what looks like weld lines (?) on the cab roof hatch.

See https://www.flickr.com/photos/lowlevelaerialphotography/14135066156/sizes/k/in/photostream/ 

Does anyone know the significance of the place and date in relation to the tank, please?

Gwyn



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Can't help with the significance, but I think Exeter is someone's name rather than the place - C. H. Exeter. Where was the tank in 1954?



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Well according to Bovington the tank was at Bovington from 1949... so I would say as James suggests its a name, that perhaps its someone who did some work on the tank in 1954....



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Thank you both. What a curious thing to do. I wonder what work Mr/Ms Exeter did?

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Looks like it's written in weld to me, so was our C H Exeter a welder?

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Grateful for your advice regarding modifications made to the original Mark I design for the Mark II training tank, in particular the engine silencer / exhaust system and location of the fuel tanks.

Most images of mark IIs in France shown the original Mark I exhaust outlet yet interior pictures of 785 at the Tank Museum show some form of silencer and a fuel pipe feeder system.





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