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Are these numbers painted under bonet, census numbers? Are they war or post war?

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Clive,

I understood them as postwar era markings and were thought to be receipt numbers at Vehicle Storage Depots. I seem to recollect reading on a website about them once. I have seen them on Champs, Austin K9 etc.

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Richard I am sure you are right that they are vehicle depot markings of some sort, but I don''t think they can be Receipt Voucher Numbers. I have records of 3,700 Humbers & none of RV Nos resemble these bonnet markings. What we need are Regulations/Manuals of Army Ordnance Services - Vehicle Depots of the 1950s, I have quite a number of these but they are 60s-70s which shed no light on these particular markings.

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I forgot I have a series of 11 RAOS pamphlets that cover BOD/ABOD between 1949-51. As might be expected it is full of requirements for paperwork but nothing that would tie in with these vehicle markings.

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 this one of those questions that has been asked for years the nearest I have ever got was that certain letter are associated to AAWs like  most vehicles worked on by HENLEY carry the WNR sequence  and it is most likely connected to a paper trail for accounting purposes

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6 hours ago, wally dugan said:

 this one of those questions that has been asked for years the nearest I have ever got was that certain letter are associated to AAWs like  most vehicles worked on by HENLEY carry the WNR sequence  and it is most likely connected to a paper trail for accounting purposes

Hi Wally,

That sounds plausible as most I have seen are wartime vehicles that could well have been through a rebuild or major overhaul in the 1950's, although I know of Champs and Austin K9 that also had them painted under the bonnet. I think Henlys rebuilt Champs at one stage.

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If the vehicle was rebuilt by Henley's in Weston Super Mare you will have B269 stamped on the data plate as the rebuild location.

 

 

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RICHARD

HENLEY had a number of workshops doing rebuild and overhauls for the ministry  l have a list some were of there locations among other vehicles they did this work on  included a number   of HUMBER BOXES this practise of stenciling seems to have faded out in the late sixties  early seventies  

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