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CHAR 2/143 Public and political: correspondence and other papers relating to the invention of the tank.

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CHAR 2/143/1

Filing sheet.

1 folio
1925
CHAR 2/143/2

Letter from L G Flaxman (Treasury Solicitor's Department) to [Edward Marsh] announcing the date of the hearing of B J F Bentley's petition of right and enclosing WSC's proof of evidence [see CHAR 2/143/3-15].

1 folio
02 Nov 1925
CHAR 2/143/3-15

WSC's proof of evidence in the petition of right of B J F Bentley relating to the invention of the tank.

13 folios
[Nov] [1925]
CHAR 2/143/16

Letter from Edward Marsh to George Coop stating that no use was made of Coop's letter referred to in CHAR 2/143/17. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
20 Nov 1925
CHAR 2/143/17

Letter from George Coop (241 Willows Lane, Bolton, [Lancashire]) to [WSC] asking whether his letters on armoured guns mounted on caterpillar wheels were made use of in connection with the development of the tank.

1 folio
25 Nov 1925
CHAR 2/143/18-25

Letter from Thomas Kerr (The Hatch Gate, Whitchurch Hill, Oxfordshire) to WSC claiming to have had the idea for the tank and asserting that Major Valentine Fleming, with whom Kerr served during the war, probably passed it on to WSC.

8 folios
30 Nov 1925
CHAR 2/143/26

Letter from Edward Marsh to Thomas Kerr informing him that WSC is sure that Major Valentine Fleming never spoke to him about Kerr's suggestion [for the design of a vehicle like a tank]. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
27 Nov 1925
CHAR 2/143/27-32

Typescript copy of CHAR 2/143/35-41.

6 folios
24 Nov 1925
CHAR 2/143/33-34

Printed descriptions of Thomas Kerr's patent expansion horseshoes. Sent with CHAR 2/143/35-41.

2 folios
c 1898
CHAR 2/143/35-41

Letter from Thomas Kerr (The Hatch Gate, Whitchurch Hill, Oxfordshire) to WSC asking for help in promoting his claim to have had the original idea for the tank and recalling a conversation he had on the matter with Major Valentine Fleming in 1915. Typescript copy at CHAR 2/143/27-32.

7 folios
24 Nov 1925
CHAR 2/143/42

Letter from Edward Marsh to Launcelot de Mole stating that WSC only attended the inquiry into B J F Bentley's claim [concerning the invention of the tank] as a witness. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
27 Nov 1925
CHAR 2/143/43

Letter from Launcelot de Mole (c/o Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Strand, London) to WSC enclosing CHAR 2/143/44-45 and asserting that the original of it and the copies of his letters produced at the inquiry in 1919 will show that B J F Bentley was not the first to suggest the idea for the tank to the War Office.

1 folio
26 Nov 1925
CHAR 2/143/44-45

Letter from G W D Breadon (Perth, Western Australia) to [Lord Kitchener] suggesting that the plans for caterpillar "travelling forts" submitted by Launcelot de Mole in 1912 should be put before a committee of experts. Copy sent with CHAR 2/143/43.

2 folios
19 Sep 1914
CHAR 2/143/46

Telegram from "Hazard" to WSC asking to be heard as a witness for the Crown case in B J F Bentley's claim concerning the invention of the tank.

1 folio
26 Nov 1925
CHAR 2/143/47-48

Letter from J Lilliss Stone (The Compass, North Petherton, [Somerset]) suggesting that tanks be used instead of divers to clear the sea bottom.

2 folios
27 Nov 1925
CHAR 2/143/49

Letter from Edward Marsh to Charles Darbey (16 Queens Terrace, Great Brunswick Street, Dublin, [Ireland]) stating that WSC is quite sure that Darbey's suggestion [see CHAR 2/143/50-51] had nothing to do with the origin of the tank. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
29 Dec 1925
CHAR 2/143/50-51

Letter from Charles Darbey (16 Queens Terrace, Great Brunswick Street, Dublin, [Ireland]) to WSC claiming that his idea for rotating torpedo screens for vessels, which he submitted to the Admiralty in 1914, was the inspiration for the tank.

2 folios
22 Dec 1925