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British Tanks - The War Bond Drive of 1917

The first example of a War Bond to be donated the Museum's Archive.

12th September 2019

A first for the Archive! Spotted by an eagle eyed donor, this is the first example of a War Bond to be donated to the Archive.

Mk IV Tank

Unfortunately, we don’t know who GML Wilson was, except that they purchased a National War Bond for the considerable sum of £5 on the 4th December 1917. The date, however, is an important one. At this point the German’s ongoing counter-attack at Cambrai was resulting in significant losses of British tanks, making Wilson’s investment a very welcome one.

Tanks captured the imagination of the British public during the First World War and following a successful debut at the 1917 Lord Mayor’s Show, the War Savings Committee realised the sensational pull of so called ‘Tank Banks’. This resulted in a nationwide tour being organised where Mk IV tanks drew large, enthusiastic crowds and War bonds were sold. Undoubtedly, it is at one of these events where this particular War Bond was purchased.