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I have seen several WW2 vehicles with rebuild plates on them that read

“Ministry of Supply T.T.3(BR)

This vehicle was vehicle was rebuilt to class I on dd/mm/yy

By Army Auxiliary Workshop

No. Bnnn”

Come across workshop No. B131.  B42

Is there a list of these workshops anywhere ?

And what does the T.T.3(BR) signify ?



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I replied to a earlier thread on this subject and at that time could not add any thing to it other than what i knew at that time since then l have been put to gether a list of RAF MU's AAW's AVD BVD RVD and there locations several things have come to light concerning the numbers allocated to them one location can have two or three different  numbers on the same site or in a area covered by one area command  BURN near YORK and BARLOW near SELBY had the same  41   AVD were is this taking us well up to now with what  i already knew  i have found one  hundred locations and B42 was located at WALLINGTON in the uk  

ps at the same time DIAMOND Ts were under going rebuilds at the same time

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RICHARD locating the information has taken a lot of time and is not straight forward take WALLINGTON as a example there are three places with that name so a search of council records to find which one  can take weeks as a lot of A A W had closed by the early sixties today l have found a few ROYAL NAVY  MT units some thing l was not expecting one name that comes up is G W motors  who it seems operated  A A Ws but finding out were there head office was at the moment has eluded me. As to B131 I have not come across any reference at this time but the files l have got  has taken me four years to go through and lam only about half way through  but if l come across any  details l will let you know


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ALAN B 269 comes up a lot  mostly in connection with  AUSTIN CHAMPS  B 269 is  for  HENLEYs WESTON -SUPER -MARE  they had four sites in the south doing are range of rebuilds on various  makes of vehicles. As to a book to busy on the history of the MUSEUM OF ARMY  TRANSPORT with the help of a friend


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This a foot note to my post about G W motors it appears most likely it was  GREAT WESTERN MOTORS in READING .Also while looking into the  AUXILIARY ARMY WORKSHOPs it appears that in 1943/44 there was a manpower crisis in the army with not enough civilian and military personal repairing and rebuilding the vehicles and equipment so  by 1945 the M O S  EMPLOYED 20,OOO civilian workers

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Cathedral  Garage were  a ROOTES dealership selling COMMERS   but during ww2 overhauled a number of  HUMBERS. NEIL as yet have have not located B 296 the problem is to find these workshops you need to come across a official document  that shows vehicles been sent to them and after that checking local archives then back to official documents to find the  contract and allocated workshop number.          Is this for the K5 if so it does help to  know as it limits likely workshops

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Here some info on vehicle depots and other abreviations, found on Facebook;

KEY CARD NO.2 ABBREVIATIONS version 6 (1st April 2017)

By Gregory Alegi on Monday, 18 May 2015 at 18:59

The Key Card No. 2 form was used from 1949 to the mid-1970’s. Column headings and some abbreviations listed here.



AFY Chassis               ?

ALD                             Aldershot

ASC                             Ashchurch


‘B’ Census                   List of group B vehicle identification, or “Bonnet number”

BAOR                          British Army of the Rhine

BER                             Beyond Economic Repair

BIC                              Bicester, Oxfordshire

BLR                             Beyond Local Repair

BOD                             Base Ordnance Depot

BOV                             Bovington

BR                               Beyond Repair

BSDM CYR                 ?

B Veh.                         B Vehicle [Vehicles not primarily for combat]


CAR                             Caribbean(?)

CAT                             Catterick

CBR                             Church Broughton, Derbyshire

CHL                             Chilwell

Converted From          registrationnumber [minus the initial letter]

COD                            Central Ordnance Depot

C.R.                             Cleared/Cancelled Record [Date vehicle sent to auction – not actual action date]     also spelled CR

CVD                             Central Vehicle Depot [one at Foston, Derbyshire; another at Sudbury, Derbyshire]


CVD                            Central Vehicle Depot Ashchurch (shed 27) near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.


Date and Authy           Sometimes contains a date and authority,believed to relate to vehicle moves between units.

DON                            Donnington


ERM                            Equipment Registration Mark [postwar registration – the 00 YH 00]

ESD                             Engineer Stores Depot

EGL                             Eglington, Ayrshire


FAR                             ?

FAR ELF                     Far Eastern Land Forces

FTM                             Feltham, Middlesex


GEO                            Georgetown, Renfrewshire

GRE                             Greenford


HAL                             ?

HWB                            High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

LHM                             Laleham, Middlesex


LIN                               Linwood

LUD                             Ludgershall, Wiltshire


Mark                            see Tech. Type

MELF                           Middle East Land Forces

MKH                            Market Harborough, Leicestershire

MHL                             MillHill [London]

MOS                             Ministry of Supply

MOA                           Ministry of Agriculture ???

MTRS                          MotorTransport Repair Shop (source: www.goatpark.force9.co.uk/tempsite/history.htm)


NIC                             ? maybe Nicosia on Sicily?


P.R.                             ?


RAOC                          Royal Army Ordnance Corps

REME                          Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Rudd                            Ministry of Supply Storage Depot, Ruddington


S.O.                             Struck Off


Tech.Type                   Vehicle Model (caution: column sometimes indicates Contract No.)

TWN                            Turweston, Buckinghamshire


W.D.                            War Department


1950s RAOC Depots:

1stVehicle Group RAOC HQ Ashchurch in Gloucestershire:

12BVD                     12th “B” Vehicle Depot, RAOC Ashchurch, Glos.(active Apr 57)

13AVD                     13th “B” Vehicle Depot


2ndVehicle Group RAOC HQ

21BVD                     21st B Vehicle Depot, RAOC Feltham

22BVD                     22nd B Vehicle Group RAOC Laleham


3rdVehicle Group HQ Church Broughton in Derbyshire:

31BVD                     31 “B” Vehicle Depot, RAOC Church Broughton, Derbyshire (active Apr 57)

33BVD                     33 B Vehicle Depot, Derby


6thVehicle Group HQ Georgetown in Renfrewshire:

61 BVD                     61 “B” Vehicle Depot, RAOC Georgetown Renfrewshire

62BVD                     62 “B” Vehicle Depot, RAOC Eglington, Ayrshire


7thVehicle Group HQ Castle Donnington in Leicestershire:

72 BVD                     72 “B” Vehicle Depot, Market Harborough], Leics.  (active Apr 57, Aug 59)

                               (also 72 BVD SALES)

75BVD                     75th B Vehicle Depot, Turweston, Buckinghamshire


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In my quest to find out my vehicles history and age, the door panel states ‘overhaul 5/56 Class 1 ASH’ and the engine plate states ‘ASH C1 26/2/56’.

would anyone know what location ‘ASH’ is?

Is ASH a keycard location reference.

Also, what is the class 1?


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Came across another abreviation: S.O. Disposed FAR CR, 31-3-59 

So what is FAR in this capacity? FAR ELF being Far Eastern Land Forces.

according to my list above CR is: Cleared/Cancelled Record [Date vehicle sent to auction – not actual action date]     also spelled CR.

Don't get it!


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I did read it but no ASH but just wanted to know whether that would be the key card abbreviation. I’ve just been looking around again and it’s also stamped on the front differential.

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