Chassis Number WN1-5323
|WO Reg:||53 BE 23|
|Engine:||53487 is now 55265 could be new crated unit.|
|Struck Off:||Ruddington 21/6/62. Private Sale.|
|Sold:||The vehicle was purchased privately by a dealer from Somerset in 1962. This was one of a batch of Champs that never went through the normal auctions at Ruddington.|
|Civ Reg:||105 UYB|
David Busfield email@example.com
David supplied the photos of the vehicle coloured green after having recently purchased it in Sept 2012.
Was Colin and Kerrie Wilson North Yorshire, UK since November 2005. Photos of vehicle in sand colour are from Colin and Kerrie, May 2006.
JM: This is one of a batch of Champs S/O in Ruddington in 1962
and sold privately. All seem to be linked to Somerset. This one
has civilian registration 105 UYB [YB was Somerset CC]. I have
one here 05 BE 63
The Anti-Tank Platoon had 1 officer and 27 soldiers. The officer was issued with a FFW Champ and trailer and the 6 M40 Rifles were carried on 6 Cargo Champs each with a trailer. Each M40 Rifle had a crew of 4.
The first use in action of this weapon with Champs was in Jordan during the summer of 1958. The back was cut out to aid lifting Rifle in and out of vehicle as it could be used on the ground or within the vehicle. The desert colour indicates use in Middle East which links up well with Jordan. The rear light boxes were often removed and the lights etc..mounted lower down.
The formation sign [n/s front and rear] was Pegasus and the unit sign [o/s front and rear] was a white or sometimes blue 55 [1st Para], 56 [2nd Para and 57 [3rd Para] on maroon. The sizes were 5" x 5" [Front] and 4" x 4" [Rear]. Locations: Front of bonnet and rear bumpers.