Vehicle History 31 GB 93

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Vehicle History 31 GB 93

Post by AlexDick » Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:30 am

Hello! I have just joined the site as I have finally taken my Ser 3 Lightweight (24v FFR) out of the barn with a view to getting her up and running for the summer.
I'd be really grateful if anyone could let me know any history and how old she is?
Chassis number 95103464A
Military number was 31 GB 93
Engine number36510065
Also, if anyone here is from the Berkshire area it would be great to touch base to discuss this forthcoming project!
Many thanks
Alex
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Re: Vehicle History 31 GB 93

Post by landymad » Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:58 am

Welcome to the forum Alex,

That's a good starting point for a project. I believe your vehicle came into service around Jan 1975. Part of contract WV11404.

You can obtain your B-Card(service history) from the below, they do charge for this £35. Please share this if you do, and we can try and help with where it served.
http://www.rlcarchive.org/VehicleSrch
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Re: Vehicle History 31 GB 93

Post by hibbo » Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:32 am

Welcome to the forum Alex, lots of information available on here anything your stuck on someone has already got the answer 8-)
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Re: Vehicle History 31 GB 93

Post by AlexDick » Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:36 am

Thank you for your help!!!
I have downloaded the Card and here it is...
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Re: Vehicle History 31 GB 93

Post by Tinweasel » Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:36 pm

Welcome to the forum.

your Lightweight served with 47 Light Regiment Royal Artillery, which changed its name to 47 Field Regiment in 76 in 76. it then went to 40 Field Regiment in 81. It didn't stay with them for long as it went to 2nd Battalion Queens Regiment in march 81, I know that 2 Queens went to Northern Ireland in 81, however your lightweight didn't. It stayed behind with the rear party. In 83 it went to 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment (the poachers) and stayed with them until being cast off and sold in 87.

I'm sure someone will be able to flesh it out a little if I have missed anything

hope that helps

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Re: Vehicle History 31 GB 93

Post by AR4412 » Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:07 pm

Hi Alex,

Welcome to the forum. Thanks for sharing a picture of your lightweight, we like piccies on here we do, and cake. :D

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Re: Vehicle History 31 GB 93

Post by Fred » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:54 pm

I'll add a little to what you have from Shaun.

The vehicle was Colchester based for its entire service life.

It started off with 47 Lt Regt RA in Kirkee Barracks, Colchester. 47 Regt were the gunner regiment of 19 Inf Bde (based in Goojerat Bks, Colchester). The arms plot (which used to see units move around from station to station after intervals of a few years) saw 47 go to Mansergh Barracks, Dortmund, Germany in March 81 (and become 47 Field Regiment).

They were replaced in Kirkee Barracks, Colchester, by 40 Field Regiment RA who, by chance, had come from Mansergh Barracks, Dortmund themselves, so it was a straight swap. The exchange of unit - 47 to 40 - was official in the March, but, clearly, the vehicles were being signed over by the quartermaster of 47 Regt to the advance party of 40 Regt in the January of 1981. For some reason, probably because the regiment decreased in size by one battery, it was decided that the vehicle was not required by 40 Fd Regt and it was transferred as soon as the main body was established in Kirkee Barracks being passed across to one of the infantry battalions of 19 Bde - 2 Queens in Hyderabad Barracks.

2 Queens were deployed to Cyprus Nov 81 - May 82 and the vehicle remained behind with the rear party in Colchester and was signed over accordingly in the December.

In January 1983 2 Queens were "arms plotted" to Ebrington Barracks, Londonderry and replaced in Hyderabad Bks, Colchester by 2 R Anglian who inherited the vehicle and retained it until it was struck off strength (SOS) in 1987.

I probably saw it around - I was serving with 19 Inf Bde Aug 83 - Sep 84.

Anyway, welcome to the forum and I hope to see plenty of photos of your restoration as it progresses.

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Re: Vehicle History 31 GB 93

Post by Tinweasel » Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:12 am

As ever Fred is bow to your superior knowledge :D

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Re: Vehicle History 31 GB 93

Post by AlexDick » Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:56 pm

Thank you to everyone who has posted this information...I really appreciate it!

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Re: Vehicle History 31 GB 93

Post by Fred » Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:57 pm

Tinweasel wrote:
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:12 am
As ever Fred is bow to your superior knowledge :D

Shaun
Well don't. My knowledge is very specific and limited and I was only adding to what you had already written. Remember what they used to say? A specialist knows more and more about less and less until, eventually, he knows everything about nothing while a layman knows less and less about more and more until, eventually, he knows nothing about everything!
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