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Pic: TankMuseum/BNPS<br />
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Harold Mortimore and daughter Tilly on holiday in 1954 (possibly Norfolk) the other person is the family's German  au pair Marta.I<br />
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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.<br />
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Captain Harold 'Morty' Mortimore commanded tank 'D1' on September 15, 1916, at The Somme in World War One.<br />
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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. <br />
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When volunteers were asked to join a top secret mission he put his hand up immediately. <br />
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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.