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  1. You first need to know which battalion and then decide on a time period which will enable you to check which division they were with and their seniority within the relevant brigade.
  2. The whole point about arm of service serials is that they were a form of code for security purposes. The pre-war habit of painting unit titles on vehicles had ceased. From 1941 onwards, it was ordered by Army Council Instructions that motorcycles should not display Formation Signs. It's therefore not possible to correctly mark a motorcycle in such a way that it can be identified as 'Airborne'. Of course, someone will be able to find a photograph but it's likely to have been a posed propaganda image taken in the UK. A divisional HQ would usually show '40' on the 1944 lists. A serial '6' was used by the BEF, but never on red.
  3. The locks were made by Cheney as 'Rewdco' and I have discussed in the past but they no longer have records of these types..Judging by the style, they were probably making locks for Norton too. Rather than providing any great degree of security, they seem to have been more to discourage tampering. Prior to the fitment of HT cable immobilisers, WD motorcycle toolkits also included a padlock and chain...Mostly 4-lever locks made by Belfry with an integral chain. Once again, the risk of losing the key must have concentrated the mind. We mustn't be too 'precious' about the paintwork on WD bikes 🙂 In terms of toolbox lock keys, from 1940 onwards, the Lists of Tools and Equipment state 'To be obtained locally'...presumably every ironmonger had similar keys in stock.
  4. Lex was on the boat, last that I heard.
  5. The photograph above shows 'Hank' McDowell of 48th Highlanders of Canada. He was killed in action in December 1944. The arm of service serial '57' bears no relation to the actual unit name. It probably represents the junior battalion in the senior brigade of an infantry division at the time it was taken. A pistol case and standard service revolver would be correct for a motorcyclist during most of the war which is of course not to say that none ever carried something different.
  6. As early as 1940, CMP motorcyclists were authorised to use the 'Cases, Pistol, Web, R.T.C.' instead of the standard 'Case, Pistol'...the practice seems to have continued throughout the war. This wouldn't apply to any other corps or unit though.
  7. The 5/16" x 3/8"w double-ended box didn't ought to be a problem, but single-ended box spanners are hard to find...The RE singled-endeds are short though. Maybe you can cut something down ? Do you know which make ?
  8. There are always plenty of Indian-made forks on eBay. Have a look at the quality of the castings. If you've been around Nortons for any length of time then it's impossible that you'd see a set on a bike and even remotely think that they could have come out of Bracebridge Street ! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Norton-16-H-500cc-Front-Girder-Fork-Springer-Assembly-Pre-War-primered/193252827324?hash=item2cfec420bc:g:4FsAAOSwTNBdu5RQ
  9. Tom, there are very slight differences in the press work underneath WD16H tanks but it is a unique 'flat-bottomed' tank with only a small dome in order to make it possible to remove the sparking plug. They're quite distinctive. Look out too for the presence of the inflator mounts. Not a major problem to fabricate if they're missing (which they often are) but a nuisance if you weren't planning a re-paint. Don't focus too much on the tank though. There were three or four roughish ones at Kempton Park last month around the £100 mark. As I mentioned on another forum (I think), genuine forks are a much bigger concern. Indian forks have mild steel tubes and cast iron lugs. They do not follow best practice and have not been tested in any meaningful way. A set of genuine forks will cost you at least £600 plus the cost of reconditioning which brings with it a waiting list....Duff forks will spoil your summer.
  10. This is Khaki Green No.3 on an area which had been formed an airtight compartment on the back of the brake drum on my '39 16H. The colour oxidises as well as fades and was quite a goose-shit green when unexposed. and less brown than it often appears on older samples. It is characteristic of the colour that it can pass through many shades of green and brown depending on lighting, angle and adjacent objects. Bearing in mind the fragmentation damage to the bike, there is a good chance that this is original 1940s mud too :-)
  11. Thank you so much for the helpful reply and detailed photographs. I'm glad to hear that you haven't sold the Norton. I thought that I saw it on 'Le Bon Coin' a year or two ago. It's one of the very best early-war WD16Hs in the world....The February 1940 component dates sound correct. Delivery of the contract commenced on 4/3/1940 and I'd suspect that yours, as the 931st built would have been one of the 86 machines received by Royal Ordnance, Chilwell on Wednesday 3rd April 1940. There are some other aspects that I'd like to query with you and I'll send you a 'personal message' if that's OK. This photograph of C4153065 is the closest that I have to your number C4153099.
  12. Is that the Norton which was restored by Thierry Simon ? (I believe that he sold it ? ) Almost certainly one left in France in 1940. Would it be possible to share a close up high resolution image of the voltage regulator box ? I'm researching the dates and styles. Thanks.
  13. Have you removed and cleaned the jet block thoroughly ? A blocked pilot will often cause stalling. The choke can disguise this. I see that you were having the same problem with the previous carb, three years ago...Sorry if this is a suck-eggs situation, but you are operating the choke correctly, aren't you ? Tight wire = choke off, slack wire = choke on so lever needs to be pulled back towards you after starting.
  14. Computerisation began in the early 1970s so by the the time the paper records were destroyed, this vehicle had not been taxed for more than ten years. The paper records were held by local authorities and there would have been a significant cost for securely storing the cards...which would have been a thieves charter if made public. This sort of decision regarding public records is made all the time. There is also little doubt that DVLA were aware of the abuses going on at the time with number plate dealers and were desperate to draw a line under it. Tax discs have not been acceptable as sole evidence of entitlement for some years. They do not actually identify a vehicle....If it's not on the DVLA computer with chassis number then it's really a case of finding the old 'buff' log book or nothing.
  15. YCF was an early 1964 Suffolk (West) registration. (They were one of the areas that didn't use the 'A' suffix, I believe). Unfortunately, there don't seem to be any surviving records but these are unlikely anyway to have provided a link between chassis number and registration. During the late 1970s, Swansea decided to definitively put any surviving vehicles on their computer record and there was extensive advertising to enable vehicle owners to do just that. Unfortunately, many didn't and after the exercise was over, the local authorities who held the paper records were instructed to destroy them. Most did, but one or two with devoted archivists held on to the records. I've never seen any evidence to suggest that Swansea have sold or re-issued non current numbers although local authorities sometimes used to. A shame really that the transfer of numbers has ever been allowed.
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