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I am trying to research what uniforms would have been worn by staff car drivers in the Royal Navy during WW2. I also would like to find out what rank or trade a driver would be?

Anyone got any photos maybe?

Kevin.

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Some IWM photos of WRNS drivers

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Thank you for these.

Its interesting to see the last couple photos are of RN Minx's and the RN badge looks to be displayed in the windscreen.

Kevin.

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Some IWM pictures.  The caption for the first two say they are drivers from the Women's Naval Car Service - but I can't read the shoulder flash!

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The shoulder titles are hard to make out. They definately start with 'Royal Navy' and on the hats it looks like the last two words start with 'V' and then 'T'.

Kevin.

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It's clearer expanding the online images, rather than these low res images - it's Royal Navy Voluntary Transport.

The car in the last three is a Vauxhall, of course.

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Thought it must be Voluntary Transport with it being RNVT on the caps, they are very good pictures.

The Vauxhall 14 seems to have been a popular staff car.

Kevin.

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I wonder if I can find photos showing cars used by Whitehall during the war?

Bigger Humbers / Hillmans etc?

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On 5/23/2020 at 1:11 PM, Runflat said:

Some IWM photos of WRNS drivers

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That looks very much like a US marked Ariel W/NG - I Knew the US forces in the UK had BSA M20s, I had no idea they had Ariels also

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Winston Churchill became Prime Minister on 10th May 1940.  The War Cabinet ordered six Austin 20 cars.

More information:-

https://www.google.com/amp/s/yummyclassiccars.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/winston-churchill-was-the-first-british-prime-minister-to-have-an-official-car/amp/

 

Churchill arriving at Number 10 Downing Street for a Cabinet meeting during the Second World War.

Photo source:-

https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/nostalgia/gallery/winston-churchill-50-years-after-8551305

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Now thats more like it. I would presume that would be private chauffeur driven not services driven.

I wonder if there is a list of cars used by the war cabinet?

Kevin

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1 hour ago, MatchFuzee said:

No date with the photo but the Ministry of Information was formed 4th September 1939 and disbanded in March 1946.

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There looks to be plenty of varied makes in the car park behind.

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