Chassis Number WN1-6371
|WO Reg:||63 BE 71|
FTM/R/435 [21 B VEHICLE DEPOT FELTHAM IN MIDDLESEX]
WD STORAGE & DISPOSAL DEPOT RUDDINGTON IN NOTTS 24/3/65 EX TA UK.
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.
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 email@example.com 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
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:
J [Side-Rezegh] Bty . This was a battle honour granted to J Bty after WWII.
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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