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The Matilda Tank Mark 111 is dedicated in memory of those from the Ist Australian Armoured Regiment who died in training or on active service during World War Two. 

The fully restored Matilda Tank is called 'ACE'.  ACE was the first tank off the landing craft on 1 July 1945 at Australia's largest ever armoured assault at Balikpapan, on the island of Borneo. The assault was mounted by the 1st Australian Armoured Regiment (A.I.F.) (Royal NSW Lancers), now known as the 1st/15th Royal NSW Lancers. 


Address:2 Smith Street, Lancer Barracks, Parramatta, 2150
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.817017
Long: 151.006192
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Technology
Monument Theme:Conflict


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 5th November, 2017
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This Matilda Tank Mark 111 called "ACE" is dedicated in memory of those members of the Regiment who died in training and active service during WWII. ACE srved with 1 Troop, A Squadron, 1st Australian Armoured Regiment (AIF) (Royal New South Wales Lancers) and landed at Balikpapan, Borneo on 1st July 1945 in amphibious operations against the Japanese.

The crew members of ACE in the Balikpapan operations were:
           Sergeant H. G. J. Britten (Crew Commander),
           Trooper L. K. Betts (Driver),
           Trooper D. Mc. Breadmore (Loader),
           Trooper W. R. Lewis (Gunner).

It was one of the few Matilda Tanks that was returned to Australia after the war, it was located in 2011 in NSW and restored by members of the Regimental Museum and Lancer Association.

      This plaque was unveiled by 
       Lt. Col. J. B. Arnott RFD ED
       on 5th November 2017
on behalf of the Linden House Memorial Museum and Lancers Association.

Source: NRWM
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