Rasc driver trades

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  1. Bala

    Bala Member

    Please can anyone explain the DRIVER Grades in WW2

    especially DRIVER IC

    Thank you
  2. Trux

    Trux 21 AG

    Driver, Internal Combustion. To drive motor vehicles as opposed to horse drawn or steam powered.

  3. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran


    the Driver i/c is also excluded from driving tracked vehicles i.e Tanks etc

    as they are driven by Driver/ Mechs - Gunner /Mechs and Driver/operators.... who have

    all been trained on tracked vehicles - and passed their tests
  4. Trux

    Trux 21 AG

    Driver Mechanic is also the correct trade for Carriers (but not halftracks) and recovery vehicles.

    Presumably they were paid more.

  5. hutt

    hutt Member

    Can someone translate this into civvy english?
    Again for the RASC, in my fathers pay book under Record of Employment as an Army Tradesman.
    Trade - Driver - self explanatory I guess.
    Group - D ?
    Class - either II as in roman numerals or TL?? not sure.
    Remarks - Remustered - what exactly in this context does that mean
    Date 7/2/42
    Also, but slightly off thread, my fathers pay book is an August 44 copy signed by his unit captain at that time (same name and signature as that months unit diary). How did his captain get hold of detail information from several years previous for the new book or could it be that the book was replaced as a result of minor damage rather than outright loss? It even records inoculations, eye tests, gas tests, courses from as far back back as 1940/41/42.
  6. welshy

    welshy Shakey Member

    on my fathers records it says " Dvr & Mech. Group "D" CL 2 @ Barnard Castle 19:07:1942 "
  7. welshy

    welshy Shakey Member

    opps with 6 D.T.C. & 34 Motor Coach Company !!
  8. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    a driver in group D11 is opposed to a driver in group A1

    remustered- his time was up and he re-joined and so he was issued with a new AB64 book !

    That Captain was pretty smart as he copied everything in the OLD book into the NEW book - bet he finished up a Colonel....

  9. Bala

    Bala Member


    As he was 'Re mustered' there is more to your fathers service history than his Pay Book shows.

    Have you got his Service Record from the MOD? - if not it's worth getting.

    Try also searching for Veterans from his units on websites

    Best wishes
  10. BG2012

    BG2012 Member

    My Grandad was a Driver Mechanic Group D class II and Rank of Gunner in the Royal artillery Anti Tank Regt.

    I always thought he drove a tank so I guess it must have been some thing like a M10 ??
  11. billh35

    billh35 Active Member

    34 Motor Coach Company was a unit of "impressed" civilian coaches that had been requistioned to transport troops around in the threat of an invasion. The Motor Coach Companies changed their names and become Troop Carrying Companies as they were requipped by heavy 4x4 trucks which could operate off-road where the coaches were limited mainly to tarmac. In 1940 34 MCC was at Alford & Louth with a complement of 9 officers and 172 other ranks.
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