Drake the Tank Bank
From the photo album of Nursing Sister Ada A. Kemp comes this photograph of one of the Mark IV Tanks which toured parts of Great Britain in support of War Bond fund raising campaigns. Some of the tanks used had returned from the battlefield in France, others were taken from the training units in England. The tank pictured, No. 137 "Drake," was a training tank employed for this purpose.
Six Mark IV male tanks toured England, Wales, and Scotland in 1918, raising millions of pounds through Tank Bank Weeks. These touring tanks were:
- No. 141, "Egbert"
- No. 130, "Nelson"
- No. 113, "Julian"
- No. 119, "Old Bill"
- No. 137, "Drake"
- No. 142, "Iron Rations"
More on the touring tanks:
- Wikipedia: Tank Banks
- Out of Battle: Tank Bank - Tank No.130?
- Great War Forum: Were dummy or replica tanks used during "Tank Weeks" in Britain
- Great War Forum: Any history of tank presented to Crewe in 1919?
- Landships WW1 Forum: WW1 Tank 119 Old Bill
- Friends of the Lincoln Tank
- British Pathe: Newsreel of "Tanks visit Liverpool." (Tanks "Julian" & "Nelson")
- British Pathe: Newsreel of "War bonds sold from tank". (Tank "Nelson")
- British Pathe: Newsreel of "Tank bank - War fund raising". (Tank "Julian")