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Rare Armoured Car Visits Keep to Commemorate Agagia Centenary

A rare armoured car, one of only two survivors in the World, visited the Keep this weekend. The Rolls Royce car is one like those in the private armoured car squadron of the Duke of Westminster, used to support the Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry in the battle of Agagia in 1916. 

Our thanks go to Mike Hayton and the team from the Workshop at the Tank Museum who brought the car down for the visit. 

Curator Chris Copson (top) said: “It's lovely to have the vehicle here because it is such a special vehicle. It is one of only two survivors from quite a large number. It is in beautiful condition and underneath the armoured super structure it is a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. So it is really very special to have it here in front of the museum and we're hoping at some point that she might actually come back.”  

Present at the event were members of both the Dorset Yeomanry Regimental Association and the Royal Wessex Yeomanry - modern day successors of the Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry.

A joint exhibition is currently taking place at the Dorset County Museum telling the story of the famous cavalry charge and showing a painting by renowned military artist Lady Butler. The painting, paid for in 1917 by local public subscription, is not normally on view as it is usually hanging in the Members' Room at Dorset County Council.  

Claire: 29th Feb 2016 11:45:00