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Good Morning Everyone,


It is Ashes and F1 day today but from the Southern Way magazine is a request to identify the motorcycle in the photo. The author has already determined that the army unit is the 4th Queens Own Hussars, and the location is known to be Hedge Corner on the A32 Alton to Fareham on the Meon Vally line.


Please let me know what you knowledgeable chaps think, thanks.

SouthernWay 4th QueensOwnHussars MeonVall 1.jpg

SouthernWay 4th QueensOwnHussars MeonVall 2.jpg

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WD 16H C383081 was supplied under contract C.9681 which commenced delivery in March 1937. Originally for 1790 machines with a census number begining C373731, it was extended to 2222 motorcycles, the last of these being delivered, as far as I can see from the factory ledgers, during the early part of 1938.


These early machines carried no sump guard or pillion equipment and this one has the characteristic large Ni-Fe (Nickel Iron) battery which was specified for WD Nortons pre-war.


Genuine pre-war WD Nortons are a rarity now as the vast majority of them went to France with the regular units of the BEF.

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