Tank Trial at Hatfield Park

By Jane Toyne

Hatfield Library local studies collection

The tank trials held at Hatfield Park were vital to the war effort. The first one took place on 29th January 1916 and the second one a few days later on 2nd February. A couple of days after this a private demonstration of the trials was organised for the King, Lord Kitchener and David Lloyd George.

A mock battlefield had been laid out with trenches and shell holes of various sizes.

Following these trials, the tanks took part in the Battle of the Somme.

This page was added on 16/05/2014.

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  • I distinctly remember visiting Hatfield House on a school trip in 1951 and, in the grounds, our party coming across a WW1 tank left in a field. It was definitely a ‘male’ as I remember one or two boys being reprimanded by the teacher for swinging on one of its guns. 

    By Terry Askew (07/12/2014)

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