Motor Coach to Troop Carrying Company. RASC

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  1. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    At the end of 1941 all of the Motor Coach Companies were redesignated Troop Carrying Companies.
    Does anyone know what 40 Motor Coach Company became?
     
  2. dml34

    dml34 Junior Member Patron

    At the end of 1941 all of the Motor Coach Companies were redesignated Troop Carrying Companies.
    Does anyone know what 40 Motor Coach Company became?


    40 Motor Coach Company was redesignated 64 Troop Carrying Coy in May 1942. (Note this number was an 'interim' one, dependent on role, and all these Troop Carrying Companies were theoretically redesignated with their original RASC company numbers in Feb 1943).

    64 Troop Carrying Company was removed from the UK orbat in September. This may mean that it went overseas, but I have been unable to find its mobilisation number (29287) in any later listing. There was a big reorganisation of RASC companies in UK in late 1942 so maybe it was disbanded or merged.

    Note that the National Archives has the war diary (WO 166/9236) of 64 Troop Carrying Company, dated Jan - Jul 42, Sep - Dec 42, which would give some answers!

    Dave
     
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  3. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    Dave,
    Many thanks for that, I will have a look at the war diary.
    Guy
     
  4. Gordon163

    Gordon163 Active Member

    My Uncle was in 585 Coy RASC, in South Wales, during WW2. On his marriage certificate (from 1945) it says specifically that he was a Motorbus Driver. The company formed in 1942. He was originally at Alton Hants - his Dad was a baker at Bordon Camp.

    I don't know if this has any bearing on your query.

    Kind regards,

    Gordon
     
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  5. archivist

    archivist Well-Known Member

    If anyone is still interested in this post, the man I have been trying to track was with 40/64 and was posted to North Africa and Italy in mid 1942. He was still a driver with the RASC but I'm not sure if 40/64 had disbanded or if he was still with them
     
  6. billh35

    billh35 Member

    The redesignation was due to the Company re-equipping from impressed coaches to trucks which had an off-road capability.
     

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