69th Canadian Tank Transporter Coy RCASC; Canadian Graves Unit; HMT Queen Elizabeth Xmas Menu 1945

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  1. ecalpald

    ecalpald Chick LaPlace

    My Uncle-in-law served with the 69th Canadian Tank Transporter Company R.C.A.S.C. in NW Europe. He would return home on Xmas day, 1945, on the Queen Elizabeth and keep his menu as a souvenir. Shown below is the menu for this dinner.

    Also please view the video of a Veteran as he speaks of this voyage and the Christmas dinner.

    I recommend this video clip, as Sgt Gilford Boyd also recalls his experience with a Canadian Graves Concentration Unit in the recovery of Allied remains in NW Europe. Video at:



    HMT Queen Elizabeth 1945 Xmas Menu-1.jpg
    HMT Queen Elizabeth 1945 Xmas Menu-2.jpg
     
  2. Temujin

    Temujin Member

    While researching I found a couple of photo’s of the 69th Canadian Tank Transporter Company, 1945. Thought I would post them here

    Note in the first photo the two motorcycles have the Unit Serial number of 865 on their front and this is the assigned serial of 69 Tank Transporter Company. A Diamond T 980 12-Ton 6 x 4 Tractor Unit and with a M9 Rogers trailer (45-ton, 12-wheel (12dt) Trailer M9), the combination were then designated as the 'M19 Tank Transporter'.
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    The trucks in the photo below are 10-Ton 6 x 4 Mack Truck, and are probably vehicles driven by the 69th after they were converted from a Tank Transporter Company to a General Transport Company
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    And these two photo’s of 69th Tank Transporter Company were taken in Red Deer Alberta in 1942


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  3. Temujin

    Temujin Member

    Found some more photo’s of the 69th Cdn Tank Transporter Company

    Military convoy with two members of the 69th Batallion waiting for signal to continue moving. One soldier is on a motorcycle. Location and identities unknown. A Diamond T 980 12-Ton 6 x 4 Tractor Unit and with a M9 Rogers trailer (45-ton, 12-wheel (12dt) Trailer M9), the combination were then designated as the 'M19 Tank Transporter'.

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    Description: Two unidentified soldiers are sitting on a military truck that appears to be part of a convoy. Possibly engineering corps. Identities and location unknown.
    Date: [ca. 1943]. A Diamond T 980 12-Ton 6 x 4 Tractor Unit and with a M9 Rogers trailer (45-ton, 12-wheel (12dt) Trailer M9), the combination were then designated as the 'M19 Tank Transporter'.

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    Description: Several men standing in front or on a Red Cross military truck. Some are smoking cigarettes. Identity and location unknown.
    Date: [between 1939 and 1945]

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  4. Temujin

    Temujin Member

    Unit: No. 69 General Transport Company, R.C.A.S.C.

    History:

    Mobilized:

    No. 69 Tank Transporter Company, R.C.A.S.C. (GHQ & L of C Troops - Active Service)
    Mobilized: GO 103/42

    Converted & Redesignated:

    Redesignated: No. 69 General Transport Company, R.C.A.S.C. - GO 147/44

    Disbanded:

    No. 69 General Transport Company, R.C.A.S.C. (GHQ & L of C Troops - Active Service)
    Designated: GO 147/44, Disbanded: GO 52/46
     
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  5. Temujin

    Temujin Member

    Here are the vehicles from the Cdn Military Vehicle Data Book

    The first vehicle is the Diamond T Tank Transporter

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    This vehicle is the second vehicle shown in my posts above, when the unit was converted to a General Transport Company…….the vehicle in the photo could be “either” of these two models of Mack:
    Lorry, 10-ton, 6x4, GS Mack NM 10-ton, 6x4, 201 wb Class 21
    Lorry, 10-ton, 6x6, GS Mack NR 10-ton, 6x6, 177 wb Class 21

    but “I think” the vehicle is the 10 Ton, 6 x 6, GS Mack NR (first photo below)

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  6. ecalpald

    ecalpald Chick LaPlace

    My cousin has given me the OK to publish her father's name and additional photos from his collection.
    As mentioned earlier in this thread, by Temujin, the 69th was converted to a General Transport Coy, from a Tank Transporter Coy, prior to landing in Normandy.
    The following photos deal with transportation, include the hauling of coal, timber and potatoes.
    In a future post I will attach personnel photos which name individuals.
    Only two of the following photo's had descriptions, which I will repeat below the photo.

    My Uncle, Cpl Leslie Jensen, RCASC, on his ride, which I believe to be a Harley-Davison.
    0-Uncle Les & His Ride.jpg

    1-Trucking Through a Destroyed Town.jpg

    2-Trucks Haulted Along a Road.jpg

    3-Convoy Traveling Beside a Dutch Canal.jpg
    The convoy coming along the canal in Northern Holland

    4-Hauling Timber.jpg

    5-Hauling Potatoes.jpg
    Hauling spuds to keep the Dutchmen going

    6-Hauling Coal.jpg

    7a-Coal Fired Power Plant & Train.JPG

    8-Power Plant.jpg

    9-Truck at Depot.jpg

    10-Truck Wreck.jpg
     
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  7. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Here are a few notes on the 69th during its formation in Canada:

    No. 69 Tank Transporter Company, RCASC

    History
    23 March 1942 – Authorized – Serial 529 (GO 103/42) (Dated 30 March 1942)
    15 December 1943 - Converted and Redesignated No. 69 General Transport Company, RCASC (GO 147/44) (Dated 21 March 1944)
    24 November 1945 – Disbanded (GO 52/46) (Dated 2 March 1946)

    Notes
    11 February 1942 – Authority granted for the formation of the unit as No. 61 Tank Transport Company, RCASC with 8 officers and 254 ORs in MD No. 2.
    26 February 1942 – Authority HQS 20-1-23 M.R. 1 dated 24 February 1942) granted to change the numeric designation to No. 69 Tank Transport Company, RCASC.
    18, 25 April, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May, 6, 13, 20, 27 June, 4, 11, 18, 25 July, 1, 8, 15 August 1942 – Located at Camp Borden with nil strength.
    9 June 1942 – Authority was received for the formation of the unit at A20 RCASC TC in Red Deer, Alberta.
    17 June 1942 – Under authority (HQS 20-4-23-S MR 1 dated 3 June 1942), the unit is to be formed in MD No. 13 at Red Deer.
    27 June 1942 – Located at Camp Borden with 245 ORs.
    16-21 August 1942 – Move from Red Deer, Alberta to Halifax, NS on TS-705 for E-518 Strathmore (7 & 246)
    19 October 1942 –Located Overseas. Formed in MD #13

    War Diaries
    15545 – 1942/06-1943/09
    15546 – 1943/10-1945/03
    15547 – 1945/04-1945/11
     
  8. Temujin

    Temujin Member

    Excellent photo’s……these confirm their trucks at that time were the second 10 Ton Mack 6 x 4 GS 201wb, that I posted information from the Canadian Army Vehicle Data book above
     
  9. Temujin

    Temujin Member

    His name on the Unit Nominal Roll on embarkation to England. If your interested in seeing the complete nominal roll, let me know and I can post here, or send it to you by PM


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  10. ecalpald

    ecalpald Chick LaPlace

    Thanks for comments, but they had a typo with his service number. It should read, for Leslie George Jensen, M101033.

    Also further confirmation of a 10 ton rating truck rating is archived at
    War diaries : T-6676 - Image 1864 - Héritage (canadiana.ca)

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  11. ecalpald

    ecalpald Chick LaPlace

    The following photos are from Cpl Les Jensen's collection.
    Written descriptions, on the back of the photos, are either typed below the following images or are scanned and shown below the image.

    1-Cpl Les Jensen.jpg
    Les

    Note battle scars on barricade
    2- Cpl Vest and Brother.jpg
    Cpl Vest N. and his brother

    3-Cpl Knecht.jpg
    Cpl Knecht 10 Sec T.N.P.

    4-Cpl Eklund..jpg
    Cpl Eklund W. in front of his truck

    5- Sgt Walker.jpg
    Jan 15-1945 Holland
    Sgt Walker making a hit with a Dutch girl

    6-No. 9 Sec - B Platoon with O.C..jpg
    7-No. 9 Sec - B Platoon with O.C. image back.JPG

    8-Platoon - Xmas 1944.jpg
    9-Platoon - Xmas 1944 image back.JPG

    10-War's End Location - Oldenzal.JPG
    Camp ground near Oldenzal when war finished

    11-Wash Ladies.JPG
    12-Wash Ladies image back.JPG

    13-Pte Sedwicks Truck Burma.JPG
    14-Pte Sedwicks Truck Burma image back.jpg

    15-Cpl Jensen's Section Burma.JPG
    16-Cpl Jensen's Section Burma image back.JPG
     

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