Named WW1 Royal Tank Regiment Trench Art Shell Case.
Extremely rare WW1 British decorated trench art shell case named to a soldier in the Royal Tank Regiment and also named to the actual tank that he served in. Named to Harry Brown and with an engraved image of the soldier and references to the battles of Ypres and Hill 60. The tank is numbered: "A 2 3 25". According to the Tank Museum in Bovington, Devon, England:
"On paper Tank Battalions contained 60 crews and 48 tanks and were split into 3 Companies, with each Company split into 4 Sections. Shortages of tanks meant that although Sections were intended to have 4 tanks and 5 crews, they could often only field 3 vehicles. Crew Numbers identified the crew aboard each vehicle. They were usually painted prominently around the vehicle for ease of recognition. Unlike the serial number, they could change frequently. The numbers were alphanumeric, identifying battalion and crew, so A24 was an A Battalion vehicle and J12 contained a crew from the 10th Battalion. Although battalion names switched from letters to numbers at the end of 1917 the alphanumeric codes were kept".
I have done a little research into Harry Brown and believe that he could be George Harry Brown who transferred from the Gloucestershire regiment into the Royal Tank Regiment in 1917 - please see final image from the records of the Royal Tank Regiment. Harry Brown actually decorated two shell cases and I am also selling the other one - assume that it was done as a display for his mantlepiece when he finally got home. Height of the shell case is 12 inches.
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