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Tilly Mortimore with a Mark 1 tank at The Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset. Her father Harold 'Morty' Mortimore was the first person to command a tank in battle. This MK1 is the only one left in the world.
The first man ever to command a tank in battle only volunteered for the secret mission because learning to fly aeroplanes was so terrifying, his daughter has revealed.
Captain Harold 'Morty' Mortimore commanded tank 'D1' on September 15, 1916, at The Somme in World War One.
Capt Mortimore had previously crashed an aeroplane while training with the Royal Naval Air Service and was subsequently looking to keep his feet on the ground.
When volunteers were asked to join a top secret mission he put his hand up immediately.
A few months later the moustachioed pioneer was rolling over no man's land towards the German trenches in the first tank to ever engage an enemy.