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CHURCHILL MARK VII TANK

The Churchill Mark VII tank "Carrickfergus" was unveiled by Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for the County of Antrim; Mrs Joan Christie OBE LL on Saturday 28th June 2014.

The tank was presented to the Mayor, Borough Council and Citizens of Carrickfergus by the Trustees of the North Irish Horse Museum and Archive Collection, Colonel D de B Kinahan, Colonel NC Tougher TD, Colonel CR McDonald TD and DW McCorkell Esq.

The tank "Carrickfergus"serves as an icon to acknowledge the combined industrial and military heritage shared by the citizens of Carrickfergus and the North Irish Horse. 

The development of the earlier models of this tank "Matildas" and the Churchill model A20 were carried out by the shipbuilders Harland and Wolff in their Belfast shipyard and latterly in their tank factory on the Woodburn Road, Carrickfergus, now the site of a Royal Mail office.

A booklet outlining the development of the Churchill tank and a factsheet giving the technical details may be obtained from the Museum and Civic Centre, Antrim Street Carrickfergus.

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Photograph Copyright © Karl Oakman

 

In the center of this aerial photogrpah below, is thought to be 'The Churchill Mark VII tank Factory', in Carrickfergus.

 

Here is a Google map of the area today, where the tank factory was.

For more information on the Churchhill Tank click here

 

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Category: Blue Plaques

Daniel Cambridge VC

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Daniel Cambridge VC (27 March 1820 – 4 June 1882) born in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Ireland, was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

 

Paul Rodgers - Ship Builder

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 Paul Rodgers was born in 1834, the seventh of the ten children of Paul Rodgers and Sarah (Logan) of Slievetrue, Antrim. In 1852 he was apprenticed for six years to Carrickfergus shipyard.

 

Louis MacNeice

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Frederick Louis MacNeice CBE (12 September 1907 – 3 September 1963) was an Irish poet and playwright. 

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