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seems like there may still be some remains of the Lancaster presentation tank still in existance . it was removed at the start of ww2 but seems to have been used as a grenade training target by the home guard. after the home guard had finished with it it seems to have been buried at the entrance to what is now the Ocean Edge Caravan park in Heysham, nr Morecambe. the local Morecambe Guardian reported that when the site was landscaped in 1969 the remains of the tank were unearthed before being reburied under a raised garden at the entrance to the site. so possibly there are some parts still remaining buried 

 

Attachments photo of the report in local paper and a photo of the tank outside of Lancaster Castle where it was exhibited 



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That's a fascinating discovery Ian - the newspaper article is very hard to read but it seems very likely the tank is still there, at least in part.

Sounds like a great project to excavate it and put it on display.

John



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update I have been talking with our local Archaeology group. it looks like we might be able to have a proper excavation of the Tank. still not 100% certain that it is going to happen but i have asked to be included in the dig and if it goes ahead i will be taking lots of Photos and posting on here.

Stay tuned people this might get interesting

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As an archaeologist, I wholeheartedly approve of this message

Best of luck to all concerned!



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11th Armoured wrote:

As an archaeologist, I wholeheartedly approve of this message

Best of luck to all concerned!


I hope it will come off I am sure you know just how many hoops they will have to go through to get permission but I am hopeful. But if it does work out it will be a dream come true 



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I was going to suggest getting hold of Brian Boys, the military vehicle specialist from Haslingden, who searched for the tank supposedly buried in a park there, but I'm sorry to see that he died a couple of years ago. There wasn't a tank, btw, only a concrete plinth.

https://haslingdens.blogspot.com/2008/11/what-became-of-our-ww1-mkiii-tank.html



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its interesting that the Castle photo shows it to be a male tank i know that most of the Presentation tanks were females so a bit unusual at least

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