Dan Steele

Photographic Colourist

Vickers Light Tank Mk VI of the Royal Tank Regiment near Alton, Hampshire 1938

1938 Near Alton, Hampshire: A Vickers Light Tank Mk VI of the Royal Tank Regiment having passed under the old Gosport Railway line, which is now the A32.

Colour by Dan Steele
Light Tank Mk VI of the Royal Tank Corps on exercise near Petersfield in Hampshire, 1938. © IWM H 272

The road sign in the background gives a few clues to the location, one of which the label of “Hedge Corner”, and the other the distance to the town of Petersfield. The modern day location shown on the Google Map below.

1945 Map showing the road in the photograph running under the railway line overhead. Copyright: Ordnance Survey
Modern map showing the name Hedge Corner Farm, which links us to the road sign in the photograph. Copyright: Ordnance Survey

Many thanks to Stephen Fisher for finding the correct location, I was convinced it was an existing bridge in Liphook!? I’ve learnt to start using contemporary maps a lot more.

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  1. Mike Jackson February 5, 2022

    Interesting (and unidentified) ace of spades insignia on the tank in the background. I’ve never seen that before. Mike

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