Chassis Number WN1-6371



Chassis: WN1-6371
Condition: 7
WO Reg: 63 BE 71
Engine:

54864

DiS:

30/4/54

RV:

FTM/R/435 [21 B VEHICLE DEPOT FELTHAM IN MIDDLESEX]

Struck Off:

WD STORAGE & DISPOSAL DEPOT RUDDINGTON IN NOTTS 24/3/65 EX TA UK.

Sold:
80th RUDDINGTON ON 6/10/65 LOT 484/C [ONE OF THREE CHAMPS IN LOT 484]
LOCATION: RUD'S CABLE GROUND.
AUCTIONEERS-WALKER, WALTON & HANSON OF NOTTS.
Civ Reg:
Location:
Owner:

History:

Can you give me any info on Champ I drove in Libya 1955-1957: 63 BE 71.  I was driver wireless operater in 3rd RHA stationed at Homs nr Tripoli.  Thank you, Dudley Carter ydcarter@mypostoffice.co.uk  The photo of 63 BE 71 below is one of several sent by Dudley showing operations in Libya.

63 BE 71: used by officer in J Bty. Marked up for Suez [H] but did not take part.  

All Champs seem to have the 3 RHA badge on centre of bonnet. Unusual as normally only CO and 2IC had this in other RHA regiments. Could be a J BTY CO wish.  The wireless look like No 19 Sets and the ex WWII Half-Tracks are also in use. The trailers are ex WWII Lightweight models as used by airborne troops on D-Day etc..

Markings: 74 on RA colours was to indicate senior artillery regiment in arm division 1951-59.
White Rhino on black oval was 25th Arm Bde, then 10th Arm Div. Ex WWII 1 Arm Div sign.

3 RHA arrived in Homs, Libya during July 1954 from Egypt and remained there until May 1957 when it was posted to Marlborough Wing Bks in Bulford.

3 RHA did return to Egypt at El Ballah during Oct 1955 to March 1956. However, J Bty remained in Libya.
The batteries during this period were:
D Bty
J [Side-Rezegh] Bty . This was a battle honour granted to J Bty after WWII.
M Bty
M Bty was replaced by C Bty [ex 5RHA] on 1 Feb 1958.
Bty weapon during this period was the 25pdr Self-Propelled "Sexton".
RHA regiment normally supports an armoured formation; in this case 25th Arm Bde/10th Arm Div in Libya.



Description of Condition Numbers:
1 Restored, Running in original condition 2 Under restoration or to be restored 3 Salvable 4 Fit for spares 5 Broken up 6 Modified 7 No trace since sold.


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