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  1. Hello, First let me say, wonderful replica! The photos of Bovington's 1920 Pattern Rolls-Royce interior are great, but the hardware varied a bit from that of the 1914 Pattern Rolls-Royce, which also varied somewhat from the Lanchester. Here is a circa 1915 photo of the interior of a Lanchester. The RAF Museum's "Hayward Collection" on Flickr is worth a visit. Here is a link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/royalairforcemuseum/albums/72157629782125096 Sincerely, Mark
  2. Runflat, What you are saying then is that the "M" in Middlesex County Council's "MH" prefix for civilian registration plates is purly coincidental to the army's separate numbering system (which for a period in the 1920s was prefixed "M" on armoured cars). Presumably then Middlesex had exhausted its single letter prefix "H" sometime after the 1920 Pattern cars were registered and had moved on to two letter prefixes, which included "MH", by the time the 1924 Pattern cars were registered. Thank you for clearing this up. MarkV
  3. Hello, There are definitely "M" labeled armoured cars that are post-1919. Here are several 1920 Pattern Rolls Royce armoured cars: and Bovington's 1920 Pattern Car: "M" numbers are also seen on the subsequent 1924 Pattern Rolls Royce armoured cars as well: "F" prefix Rolls Royce armoured cars have so far only shown up in the North Irish Horse, a unit operating 1920 Pattern cars in North Ireland in 1940 or 41. I have yet to find a "T" prefix Rolls Royce armoured car, however, there is one photo of a 1914 Pattern RR armoured car, taken in 1920 or later, in C
  4. Hello, With all of this fascinating information coming to light regarding the various vehicle identifying systems, I have some questions: When did the prefix denoting armoured cars switch from "T" to "F"? Also - I have seen quite a few photos of armoured cars, apparantly taken during the 1920's, in which the cars have "M" prefixes. How does this fit in if "T" prefixes came into use in 1919, then "F" prefixes after that? When did armoured cars begin to receive civilian style registration plates? When they did received them, were they always Middlesex "H" plates? During the
  5. Hello again, So if a vehicle was transferred from, say, the Western Front to Mesopotamia, would it have kept its number, but changed its letter prefix from "M" to "L"? MarkV
  6. Alan, Is that "Bulford" as in Bulford camp? Also, does "NZ" imply that the vehicle was opereated by a New Zealand unit or that the vehicle itself was in New Zealand? MarkV
  7. Hello, Here is a link to a bit of information regarding the possible significance of the broad arrow on the vehicles: Broad Arrow (This was mentioned by another member on the Landships forum.) MarkV
  8. Thank you all for your very informative replies! Alan, Your response clears up quite a few issues. I have come across Bart Vanderveen's name several times in my research. I wonder what has become of his files... Steve, I do not know much about the colours. I have come across one postcard image of armoured cars in Greece that is colourized. Of course these colourized postcards were made from black & white photos to which colour was added at a later date, by a different person, in a different country - so they are by no means the final word on the
  9. Steve, Thank you for your reply. I am working with a few other interested folks to compile a listing of all of the Rolls Royce armoured cars and Rolls Royce tenders from this period. These "M^" and "LC^" numbers are often the only distinguishing features between cars that can be easily seen in the historic photographs. So far I have not come across an "L^" numbered Rolls Royce. They all seem to be either "M^" or "LC^". Cars that were photographed in Egypt, Palestine, Mesopotamia (Iraq), and even Greece are seen with the "LC^" numbers. Of course some of the "LC^" numbered c
  10. Hello, I am trying to come to grips with the numbering system seen painted on the sides or back of British Army staff cars, lorries, and armoured cars starting in WWI. Vehicles on the Western Front appear to have had numbers starting with "M^" followed by a three or four digit number, while those in the Middle East used "LC^" and then a three or four digit number. Based on old photos that I have come across, it appears that the "LC^" numbers remained on the vehicles in the Middle East for at most only a few years after the end of the war. The "M^" series appears to have c
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