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  1. Hi ruxy Thanks for the further information. The rovers were used both for recovery and running out the winch cables for winch launch gliders (Sedbergs, Kirby Cadet Mk III's). Also for putting out 'Gliding in Progress' signs etc. My first gliding was in Kirby Cadets, but by the time I did my first solo course, we were on Venture Self Launch Gliders (which had a motor, so were taxiable), so the rovers spent most of the time on watch in case of accidents., and collecting 'Civgas' from the petrol station, or towing the fuel bowser. Really these yellow lightweights were my introduction to military vehicles. Also, the FMT600A I gained to drive them came in very useful at later points in my life. I had a quick look around the internet for other examples, and came across this one: https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/1969-genuine-series-2a-land-rover-482933349 I certainly drove this one at RAF Sealand on courses there. Anyone here buy/restore it? Best Regards, Adrian
  2. Hi All, in a previous life I was a staff cadet at 637 Sqn VGS (Volunteer Gliding School), based at RAF Little Rissington. We had two RAF lightweights, which I think was standard for all VGS. I seem to remember the serials were 20AM56 and 20AM58, or 'Crash 1' and 'Crash 2', with Crash 2 mounting a large foam extinguisher in the back. This would be about 1983. We carried out several week long gliding courses for Combined Cadet Force cadets, and to keep us busy we were tasked with refreshing the paint on the landrovers. They were all over yellow. We contacted MT at RAF Brize Norton for more paint, only to be told that they didn't hold it, and we would have to buy it from Texas Homecare, shade 'Sweetcorn Yellow' and charge it back. Both were repainted all over yellow. A bit of mooching over at the Home Office Fire Research and Development hanger on the same site provided enough fluorescent orange stickyback vinyl for us to put stripes down both vehicles, and the word 'Fire' on the door of 'Crash 2'. A quick look on the VGS websites shows they are still using all yellow landrovers. Best Regards, Adrian
  3. @Zero-Five-Two Just in case you havn't seen the post above. Best Regards, Adrian
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    Hi @Doc "The Bing Boys" refers to a very popular music hall show at the Alhambra in London, between 1916 and 1918. Probably the most well known song today from it is 'If you were the only girl in the world'. Though they may of been thinking of "Another little drink wouldn't do us any harm" (-: More details here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bing_Boys_Are_Here The cap badge is probably RASC, Royal Army Service Corps. If the name is reasonably uncommon (not Jhn Smith!) I could probably do some more detailed research, if you want? Best Regards, Adrian
  5. Hi @BobNotTed Always possible, I guess. But I think it'd be a bit of a concidence if that were the case. Does it have the 'Broad Arrow' marking on it too? Best Regards, Adrian
  6. Hi Clive @fv1609 Thanks for the thought. I think the OP has two different chairs. The inset photo with a WD underneath is certainly a 'Queen's Crown'. The SCWS 1943 one is an unusual crown, I agree. I expected to see a 'King's Crown', which is not really similar to that. Having just looked at a 'Scottish Crown', yes, I see your point. That would make it quite unusual, I think? I certainly can't remember another bit of equipment with it on. Best Regards, Adrian
  7. Hi @BobNotTed Sorry, only just seen your message. SCWS is the maker, the Scottish Cooperative Wholesale Society. More details here: https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Scottish_Co-operative_Wholesale_Society_(SCWS) The second one is a 'Queen's Crown', WD stands for War Department. More details here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Department_(United_Kingdom) As you can see, this became the Ministry of Defence (Less warlike!) in 1962, so the chair was probably made between 1952 and 1964. Best Regards, Adrian
  8. Hi Tomo, I'm not sure if it helps, but there is a wreck of one of these lanterns going through Ebay France on a regular basis. It seems cheap at €15 obo, but that's plus shipping at €12, and the seller will only ship to France, and requires a bank transfer in payment. Living in France, I can arrange to pay for it, receive it then ship it out to you, but I think it's starting to get a bit expensive by that point? Let me know what you think. Best Regards, Adrian https://www.ebay.fr/itm/lanterne-britanique-WW2-Miller-British-WD-manque-verre-du-hublot-avant/193429465848?hash=item2d094b6af8:g:DGYAAOSwFuJdwFR9
  9. Hi, I've always loved these waggons. It was at Steam Fairs (Husband's Bosworth) in the 1970's that I first saw these and traction engines etc. alongside my first military vehicles in preservation, so it all has a lot to answer for (-: Wilkins is a Mr. William Owen Wilkins, and this is his only Patented device, so I don't think that the “Wilkins Patent Unloading Gear” refers to anything else. I have attached the Patent below. Wilkins GB108393A.pdf The Patent was still very new ( Applied for Sept 1916, Granted August 1917), so perhaps the waggon was ordered with the intention of fitting this great new innovation, and it was subsequently discovered it was not robust enough for field use, so a tipping body was substituted instead? (Or, indeed, someone figured out a tipping body would be a lot cheaper!) Best Regards, Adrian
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    Hi, I don't know exactly, but I would guess a Royal Engineers Dispatch Riders Old Comrades association badge for the Great War. There's another here: https://www.agefotostock.com/age/en/Stock-Images/Rights-Managed/MEV-10727100 Best Regards, Adrian
  11. Hi Luis, And Happy New Year too. It's difficult to tell from the picture, you have a lot of equipment on it! But generally it will either be for an early bike 'Service Brown' (BS 499), or, from 1944, 'British Olive Drab' (BS 298). Best Regards, Adrian
  12. Hi Mike, Thanks for the photos of the Adlake lamps. I could find dozens of different types of them, but nothing showing the tops like that. Of the near 30000 of these bikes made, I have traced fewer than ten survivors, which makes research a little difficult at times. Some have no serial numbers stamped under the pedal crank, some, like the one above belonging to Bozman have a USA serial number handstamped, and some have a Columbia J series number denoting 1918. Of the USA series numbers, I have not yet seen one above 10,000, so I am wondering if these were for one of the three contracts. In case it's of interest, here's some further detail about mine. I'm still collecting parts, since the photos were taken, I obtained the correct pedals and luggge carrier, with the help of friends in the US. Best Regards, Adrian
  13. Hi, Tommo, A long time ago, I had this experience at Upper Heford USAF base. We were visiting, but the bus we were travelling on broke down, so we were late. Explaining this to our American host, our RAF boss said "Sorry we're late, the bus went US". There was blank incomprehension from our American. He later explained how he was trying to figure "how we got the coach stateside" . Best Regards, Adrian
  14. Hi All, I have some questions relating to the marking of US transport equipment during WW1. One of the noticable features of the Liberty Truck is the U.S.A. on the radiator tank. I understand that other smaller parts were also occasionally marked U.S.A., such as this horn:, and, I understand the Adlake lights (I could not find an example of this). Both above images from https://libertytruck.org/ Does anyone know when it became necessary for manufacturers to mark parts in this way? I'm guessing 1918? Since GI equipment was normally marked U.S. only, why mark them U.S.A., and not U.S.? These questions relate to the restoration and research I'm doing on my 1917 US Army Columbia bicycle. These bicycles were originally fitted with 'Neverout' Keresine lamps: Whilst searching for the correct lamp, I found that the markings on the lamps had gone through an evolution. Columbia bicycle production started in October 1917, and seems to have gone through three contracts, the first two for 10000 bicycles each, and the last one incomplete by war end. Initial production was very rapid (the QM gave 3 days to quote for the contract, and 30 days to start deliveries), so at the start a lot of parts were off the shelf. Early Neverout lamps are the standard brass model, painted green. In November 1917 there was some discussion about the production of a standardised 'Liberty' bicycle, with several manufacturers (sound familiar?). During this discussion, the marking of the bike as U.S.A. equipment was raised, which implies that it was not the case before that point. It seems it became necessary to mark equipment U.S.A. at some point since I have a second lamp handstamped at the factory in an accessible area. Finally, the stamping tools for the lamp were adapted to stamp USA on the front of the lamp. Type with no USA stamp Type with USA handstamped at the factory (incidenatlly, this type with the added bail is not for a bicycle, does anyone know what other vehicles used Neverout lamps?) Type with U.S.A. stamped during manufacture. This move to marking the equipment U.S.A. can also be seen on the bicycle badges. Late ones have a supplementary U.S.A. stamp on the bicycle badge, early ones do not. Early bicycle headbadge Later badge, the same stamping, but with an extra U.S.A. stamped above the end of the word Columbia. I hope that someone can help with my questions. and that even if you can't, this was of some interest, Thanks, Best Regards, Adrian
  15. Hi All, A bounce, since I would still like to obtain this bracket, or lamp and bracket if possible. Thanks for the help. Best Regards, Adrian
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