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No. He patented a type of crawler track for agricultural machinery, but so did many other people around the world in the 19th century and Hawker's wasn't particularly remarkable. Hawker's design wasn't intended for military use, wasn't armoured, and carried no armament. It was just one example of many similar machines that eventually led to the Tank during WWI.

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He didn't. He patented a type of chain-track agricultural vehicle in 1872, but so did a great many people in the 19th century. The claim seems to have come from an attempt to persuade people to visit the museum in his home town. His device bears little relation to a tank, and many similar inventions were actually superior.

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