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  1. Bill You might find the attached of interest. It should be remembered that these were not necessarily impressed by the military, they could just as easily have been used by civilian A.R.P. organisations during the war. I would welcome any information you could find on their original owners. John Bus and Coach at auction.doc
  2. I have Austin chassis number 47122 as a K2/YV short wheelbase Towing Unit for the National Fire Service. It should never have been used by the military. John
  3. Here are those from a sale at Elstow in December 1950. Dusty Elstow Military December 1950.doc
  4. Hello Big_S These were at a Ministry of Supply sale at Elstow in April 1950, are they the sort of thing you are after? Dusty Elstow Military April 1950.doc
  5. The National Fire Service acquired a number of ex military Leyland Retrievers about 1944 on which their workshops built a variety of bodies, this one had a crane fitted and became a Breakdown Lorry. In 1948 it passed to the Birmingham Fire and Ambulance Service and it is interesting to see it still has their radio call-sign M2FB20 painted on the rear bulkhead. Dusty
  6. This came from HANSARD the offical report of debates in Parliament which are available on-line. Dusty
  7. In March 1946 in the Commons Mr. Attewell asked the Minister of Supply and of Aircraft Production if it is proposed to allow the sale in this country of a proportion of surplus Army stock of lightweight folding motor cycles, known as Welbike, to individuals desiring to purchase for their own use. Mr. Wilmot all surpluses so far declared have been disposed of to an export firm for re-sale to America. This transaction was particularly welcome in view of the urgent need for dollars. These machines could not in any case have been used on the roads in this country without considerable conversion
  8. Hello Jules The service number relates to a wholetime man in Fire Force 36 which had its headquarters in Ilford. As Walthamstow was in Fire Force 36 then almost certainly your man Mr. Hornett lived in Pearl Road during the War. As Walthamstow had its own fire brigade before the War it is possible Mr. Hornett may have been a fireman for some time and a look through the Walthamstow Council records might prove fruitful if you can access them. I'll keep looking for any other information but I don't hold out much hope. Dusty
  9. Hello Jules What is the service number please? Dusty
  10. Hello Jules The answer is probably no. Few fire service records exist from this time and even if they did they would probably be covered by the Data Protection Act. Names did appear in newspapers and if the person went on to gain promotion in a post-war brigade then it may be possible to find out a bit more information about them. Do you have a name and the rough area where they were stationed? If so I might be able to find something out about them but don't hold your breath. A list of NFS Area numbers are attached. Dusty Fire Force Areas.doc
  11. Many thanks for these Wally, they seem to be starting to sell more fire engines this month. Dusty
  12. Yes indeed Wally, especially Lot 1956. Thanks for these. Dusty
  13. Thanks for these two pages Wally. Where were they sold from please. Dusty
  14. Two vehicles on this list interest me, CUN 165 and 201. Both were part of a batch of 108 such vehicles allocated to the Ministry of Food who distributed them around the country for use by school meals services, British Restaurants etc. CUN 165 was last registered on the 30/6/52 to a private owner in Bishop Auckland whilst CUN 201 was last registered on 30/12/50 to the Borough Water Engineer, Municipal Offices, Rotherham. Another, CUN 166, was last registered on the 31/12/48 to the Ministry of Supply, Storage Depot, Byram Hall, Brotherton, Leeds. Perhaps they used it as a run-about on the sit
  15. Lex The Indian combinations on that page are all civilian registered and probably used by a Government Department and not by the Army. Dusty
  16. Thanks for the latest Wally, plenty of Government registered vehicles there. My belated Birthday greetings also. Dusty
  17. I have a book which lists the date a registration mark was first issued. It states that HYV began in January 1947 and HYT in July 1947. Wally states that the sale took place in March 1946 so quite sometime before these two vehicles should have been registered. Wikipedia states that Zundapp produced more than 18,000 of their KS 750 model for the German Wehrmacht during the war. This was a sidecar outfit with a driven side wheel and a locking differential, so well worth while bringing one back to be evaluated I would think. Dusty
  18. It wasn't just military vehicles that went through these auctions so it could relate to a civilian registration mark, Inverness C. C. in this case. Dusty
  19. Brilliant Wally. I never realised vehicles were sold off from Trafford Park, I thought everything went through Slough. Presumably those with civilian registrations had been commandeered by the military? Dusty
  20. Thanks Wally. Presumably this is from a Ruddington sale, what was the date please? Dusty
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