World War One Centenary Commemoration

The Great Dorset Steam Fair is continuing our commemoration of the First World War with our own WW1 tribute display. The display will feature an authentic replica Western Front trench system supported by original steam and historic vehicles from the 1914-1918 conflict, associated equipment, living history group soldiers and authentic WW1 horse displays. First shown at the 2014 Great Dorset Steam Fair, the WW1 Western Front Trench display will remain in place for the 2019 Great Dorset Steam Fair.
The World War One Commemorative Display at the Great Dorset Steam Fair has been carefully and sensitively compiled in honour and memory of all those who served their country during this terrible conflict, millions of whom made the ultimate sacrifice.

Historians and commentators visiting our replica WW1 trench system since 2014 have remarked on the accuracy and attention to detail of the display, some regarding it as one of the most notable WW1 trench re-creations in Europe, something we at the Great Dorset Steam Fair are immensely proud of.


TV personality Guy Martin’s Replica WW1 Mk IV Tank “Deborah ll” will feature in this year’s Great Dorset Steam Fair’s WW1 display (excluding Thursday 22nd August). 

Pictured is Guy Martin with the tank in Cambrai, Northern France

The story of the tank’s role and this modern-day replica was shown in the documentary “Guy Martin’s WW1 Tank” on Channel 4 in November 2017.

The idea of constructing a replica of a 30-tonne Mark IV tank was to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Cambrai in Northern France in 1917 in which they were first used in combat.

The joint effort of building the replica tank ensured that it was completed and displayed in Cambrai on Armistice Day on Saturday November 11th 2017, at the same location and exactly 100 years ago, where the original Mark IV tank helped the British Army on the Western Front to make an unprecedented breakthrough against the German Army.

The replica tank is now based at the Norfolk Tank Museum where it forms the centrepiece of the Museum’s First World War display and acts as a lasting tribute to the tank crews which served the British Army during WW1. For further information visit

Please see below photographs of the WW1 Commemoration display at the Great Dorset Steam Fair including the acclaimed authentically created replica WW1 Western Front trench system:-