As one of the two combat arms (alongside the Infantry) they are primarily focussed on closing with and destroying the enemy. 1 Section of the Tank Line of Communications Defences from Dera Ismail Khan, commanded by Brig Gen R B Worgan, DSO, which had an operational area from Darya Khan to Hathala and later to half way between Khirgi and Jandola". Includes two Soldiers' Service and Pay Books from him during his prewar service, with last entry in 1938. At that time the six tank companies were grouped as the Heavy Branch of the Machine Gun Corps (MGC). No. 1920, Standard Armoured Car 'Indian Pattern', 10 AMB (10th Armoured Motor Battery) Ferozepore, Punjab, India 1915, Napier Armoured Car 'Indian Pattern', 10 AMB (10th Armoured Motor Battery) Ferozepore, Punjab, India 1915, Straker-Squire Armoured Cars 'Indian Pattern', 11th AMB. 1923, October. "Armoured Motor Units began to form in Spring of 1915 utilising vehicles donated by rich Indians and Europeans. There were twelve monthly journals each year, for a total of about 350 pages. Searching is free, and you can search by keyword (a name is not compulsory) However the Tank Corps was, and still is, based at Bovington near Wareham in Dorset. Being from one collection only, the list may not be exhaustive [16]. No officers are included. 1915, Ambala, India, Cadillac Armoured Car 'Indian Pattern', Calcutta, India, 1916, Fiat Armoured Car ‘Indian Pattern’. [12] The Second World War. The Royal Tank Regiment Fearless pioneers of modern warfare Forged in the adversity of World War I, the Royal Tank Regiment (RTR) is the oldest tank unit in the world. No. Today. Very interesting group to man who enlisted in the RTC in 1922 and served until 1938 as NCO. The Tank Corps began life by giving it's battalions letter designations. The 7th Light Tank Co. took part in operations in Waziristan during 1937. Armoured Motor Units with British and Indian crews 1915-1917, Armoured Motor Batteries and Armoured Motor Brigades of the Machine Gun Corps, British Army, Armoured Car Companies and Light Tank Companies of the Royal Tanks Corps, British Army, In 1920, twelve Armoured Car Companies were set up as part of the Tank Corps, (later Royal Tank Corps), absorbing units from the Machine Gun Corps; eight were later converted into independent Light Tank Companies. Photographs from the National Army Museum: A member of the 1st Armoured Car Company gained the India General Service Medal with clasp North West Frontier 1930-31. The Corps was created by combining Cavalry units and the Royal Tank Corps (renamed Royal Tank Regiment). Brakes were fitted to the rear wheels only which made handling these cars on the mountainous roads of the North-West Frontier of India a tricky business.[70]. 7 Armoured Motor Battery. 1st Light Tank Company, Royal Tank Regiment. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. The following photographs were possibly taken during the, There is a short chapter "Royal Tank Corps", pages 113-115 in, War Establishment of an Armoured Car Company, R.T.C. This had made them very rough to ride in, and caused them to be very prone to turning over. WO 95/5392: 1919 May - 1920 Feb: Lines of Communication Defence: 1 Armoured Motor Brigade: Headquarters, WO 95/5392: 1919 May - July: Kohat-Kurram Force: Force Troops: 4 Armoured Motor Battery, WO 95/5399 10 Armoured Motor Brigade Machine Gun Corps, WO 95/5399: 1919 June - 1921 Feb: 10 Armoured Motor Brigade Machine Gun Corps: Headquarters, WO 95/5399: 1919 Aug. - 1921 Aug: 10 Armoured Motor Brigade Machine Gun Corps: 5 Armoured Motor Battery, WO 95/5399: 1919 July - 1921 Sept: 10 Armoured Motor Brigade Machine Gun Corps: 7 Armoured Motor Battery, WO 95/5399: 1920 Aug. - 1921 Oct: 10 Armoured Motor Brigade Machine Gun Corps: 16 Armoured Motor Battery, WO 95/5399: 1921 Nov. - 1922 Feb: 10 Armoured Motor Brigade Machine Gun Corps: Brigade Armoured Car Company, The Machine Gun Corps Old Comrades' Association, 1st Armoured Motor Battery Officers cap badge, Jeffery-Russell Armoured Cars of the 7th Armoured Motor Battery (AMB). Landships WW1 Forum thread about a grandfather who served in the 8th Armoured Car Company in the 1930s with a photograph of Armoured Car 'Agincourt', a Crossley (in original and restored versions). In 1926 the Fourth moved to Catterick and remained there for nine years. Email to User:Maureene dated 1 March 2012 . On 4 April 1939, the Royal Tank Corps was renamed the Royal Tank Regiment and became a wing of the newly-created Royal Armoured Corps. Later No. They formed protection picquets. Learn about your ancestor’s previous military service, uncover useful biographical information and discover when he was discharged. Aged 23 yrs. The US Tank Committee, after discussion with industry, agreed to produce the vehicles to the same performance specs, but with US engineering. DW Watson served with the 4th Battalion Royal Tank Regiment British Army. Visit us in our striking I.M. The Tank Museum Bovington (refer External links below) have advised they have a complete set of journals, (which are scanned, but unfortunately not available on their website) . The Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) are the Army's specialists in Armour (i.e. I have his dogtags and would love to get them home to his family. The 9th Armoured Car Company arrived in India in April 1921, with the 10th ACC. [3], Findmypast now has the database "Royal Tank Corps Enlistment Records, 1919-1934" (released in December 2013), located in Armed Forces & Conflict/Regimental & Service Records. The Military Medal. They went to Peshawar and then to the Frontier. SEWELL, Cecil Harold. Although redesignated "Light Tank Company", the 1st remained equipped with armoured cars. Disbanded at Lahore c September 1939 handing over tanks to Indian cavalry, WA Moore was appointed to raise the 10th Armoured Car Company on 22nd January 1921 in Wareham and took the Company to India as their Commanding Officer. [64], An article "Tanks in India" by General Sir John Crocker appeared in the Royal Tank Corps Journal of July 1925.[65]. A., 11 th Light Tank Company, Royal Tank Corps. at December 1927. He was awarded a 'casualty' I G S 1908-35 medal with clasp, North West Frontier 1930-31. What can these records tell me? Condition is "Used". Aged 22 yrs. [11] However, it appears that the first part of this statement is not correct in that the 6th Machine Gun Company was a separate entity. Troops Comprising Waziristan Force, 1919-20. Stunning chance to buy a very limited edition of a real labour of love. Private Whawell was driver of a lorry of the 7th Armoured Car Company, charged with carrying Lieutenant T. M. Synge, who was returning from a few days leave. ROYAL TANK CORPS is that rare game where many turns will end with both players holding back forces from the battle, rather than be the first player without fresh reserves. It was stated "The 6th Machine Gun Company, served in Waziristan 1919-1921 as No. Wherever they’re from, RTR soldiers live by the regimental ethos of professionalism and excellence. This was added to in November by the forming of the Motor Machine Gun Service… 10th Armoured Car Company. 1-3, Jan. 1937-Jan. 1938. We are keen to hear from individuals who have the skills to work with us. 3rd (Light) Battalion, Tank Corps, On Attachment From :- Queen's Own, (Royal West Kent Regiment). In 1933 Crossley armoured cars had solid tyres to avoid punctures. 1923, October. moved into Khaisora Camp. Headquarters were at Kirkee. They rotated to the NWFP for about 6 months each in turn.[7]. The Royal Tank Corps became the Royal Tank Regiment on 4 April 1939. C 1933, the 1st Armoured Car Co. was at Cawnpore and Calcutta. [4], These records are for other ranks soldiers. No officers are included. Findmypast now has the database "Royal Tank Corps Enlistment Records, 1919-1934" (released in December 2013), located in Armed Forces & Conflict/Regimental & Service Records. These cars operated in Peshawar at this time in a campaign against the Red Shirts. The records cover men who enlisted between 1919 and 1934. 3rd The King's Own Hussars 6. In late 1931 "The 9th Armoured Car Company, commanded by Major Simpson, recently left, The 9th Light Tank Co. took part in operations in Waziristan during 1937. In 1934, the 1st (Light) Bat­tal­i… It was renamed again on 4 April 1939 and is now known as the Royal Tank Regiment × Tanks were first used during the Battle of the Somme, and the creation of the Royal Tank Regiment soon followed. The Tank Museum, Bovington, UK - the world's finest collection of tanks and Dorset's best family day out! ROYAL TANK CORPS is MiH’s exciting new presentation of World War I warfare, presenting Hall of Fame designer Ted Raicer’s vision of The Battle of Cambrai. 7883491 Private W.B. Ingram. The Reconnaissance Corps was absorbed into the Royal Armoured Corps. The Distinguished Conduct Medal. The 11th Light Tank Co. took part in operations in Waziristan in 1938. The 1st Light Tank Co took part in operations in Waziristan during 1937. It is the museum of The Royal Armoured Corps and we are very proud of it. (C.Q.M.S.) The Company does not appear on a listing for 1937 indicating it had been disbanded and/or absorbed. 8th King's Royal Iri… Sale includes 2 … 7878958 Private P.C. The Military Medal for bravery in the Field. The British crews had originally been provided by Territorials from garrisons in India. Latest News. The 10th ACC arrived in India with the 9th ACC in April 1921. The Heavy Section of the Machine Gun Corps is formed, The Regiment is given the official status of Tank Corps, The Royal Tank Corps becomes the Royal Tank Regiment, The Royal Tank Regiment becomes a single battalion regiment. ROYAL TANK CORPS is that rare game where many turns will end with both players holding back forces from the battle, rather than be the first player without fresh reserves. Griffiths. 7870476, C/Sjt. They were armed with Jeffrey Quads. Searching is free, and you can search by keyword (a name is not compulsory) These records are for other ranks soldiers. The King’s College London, Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, India General Service 1908-35 with clasps, India General Service 1936-39 with clasps. Imperial War Museums[61] list this journal in the catalogue, but there is no information about the volumes in the collection. Tank special-to-arms badge. 6 and 7 Armoured Motor Batteries. Its arsenal includes the Challenger 2 battle tank, the Scimitar reconnaissance vehicle, and the Spartan armoured personnel carrier. The start of the Second World War saw the British Army using medium and light tanks in service with the Royal Tank Regiment. The Royal Tank Regiment specialises in shock action: the use of sudden, violent force to overwhelm and destroy the enemy, usually from the cockpit of a Challenger 2 main battle tank. Distribution of Troops in Waziristan on 6th May 1919. Plan Your Trip › Only No 1 AMU had reliable vehicles - three Rolls Royces which, like the other cars were armour-plated by Indian Railway Workshops, and this unit acted as a Brigade HQ for Nos 1, 2 & 3 AMUs. The formation of the Royal Tank Regiment followed the invention of the tank. Home of TANKFEST and Tiger 131. All disbanded before the outbreak of the Second World War. These will include information about the Association, Regimental History … Several of the cars were trapped in the streets by rioters, and at least one was burned out. Age 23. Headquarters:Dera Ismail Khan (later in Tank) Machine Gun Corps: Nos. "Every conceivable aspect of the corp to date is covered, every unit is covered in each volume including the armoured car battalions".[59]. The corps has had more regiments over time going up as far as the 8th RTR. They engage in close combat and shock action against enemy forces, living up to their motto: ‘Fear Naught’. On this journey they stopped to take a photograph and were both shot by a disaffected Giga Khel Mahsud, acting as a Khassadar (local tribal policeman), who seized his rifle and shot both men from behind at about ten yards range. Grave at Rawalpindi - "No. 267 July-Sept 2017, Journal of the Military Heraldry Society was a special edition in respect of the Tank Corps/ TRC/ RTR/ RAC. These were delivered in 1923 and a further order followed. 7877605 Sergeant William Vincent, Royal Tank Regiment. Other ranks who served with the Royal Tank Corps 1919-1934 - Royal Tank Corps Enlistment Records on Find My Past (£) Records for over 80,000 members of the County Durham Home Guard (WO409) (Files for those born less than 100 years ago cannot be downloaded) on The National Archives (£) Most of the lads were fed-up! These records are available with Britain Full and World Subscriptions, or credits may be purchased. 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards 8. Swinton suggested the idea of an armoured vehicle to the military authorities at home. ROYAL TANK CORPS is MiH’s exciting new presentation of World War I warfare, presenting Hall of Fame designer Ted Raicer’s vision of The Battle of Cambrai. The Tank Museum Archive & Reference Library is the world’s foremost research centre on the subject of armoured warfare. ", Disbanded at Peshawar c September 1939, handing over armoured cars to Indian cavalry, The 2nd Armoured Car Co. equipped with Rolls Royce cars was sent to Iraq in March 1920 to help put down a rebellion, The 2nd Armoured Car Co. was re-formed in England, No.7882203 Private William Chatterton, and No.7879367 Lance-Serjeant Harold Ernest Whittington, both of the 2nd Light Tank Company, Royal Tank Corps were awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field during the Mohmand Operations, North West Frontier of India, 15th/16th August to 15th/16th October,1935, Grave at Quetta - "In memory of No. British Army Khaisora Camp- North West Frontier - 1930s, A Vickers Light Tank Mk 11A - Royal Tank Corps - North West Frontier - 1930s, "Formation and Growth of the Machine-Gun Corps (May 1920)", "Formation and Growth of the Tank Corps (May 1920)", Western Front - Historical books online -Tanks, Vickers MG Collection & Research Association. This data is also available on the pay website Ancestry. Catalogue reference "...photographs... taken by John Mann, 1937-1938; during service on Crossley armoured cars and Vickers Light tanks on the North West Frontier with 7 Light Tank Company, Royal Armoured Corps". The 7th Armoured Car Co Tank Corps arrived in India in February 1921 with Rolls Royce Cars. The Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) provides the armour capability of the British Army, with vehicles such as the Challenger 2 Tank and the Scimitar Reconnaissance Vehicle. At the end of 1921 they went up to NW Frontier and there absorbed the 5th, 7th & 16th Armoured Motor Batteries of the Machine Gun Corps now all called the 10th Armoured Motor Brigade. 1069998 Lance-Corporal Albert Williams. An order for 32 followed with bodies by Vickers and these were designated IGA1 by Crossley. Disbanded at Peshawar c September 1939, handing over tanks to Indian cavalry, Captain George Archibald Rosser served in, The 8th Armoured Car Co. was in Kirkee in 1926, with commanding officer Lieut Colonel Charles Arthur Bolton. Whether mounted on a Challenger 2 tank or driving a Panther patrol vehicle, soldiers in the Royal Tank Regiment are experts in seizing the initiative. 7th Armoured Motor Battery, MGC, 16th Armoured Car Bty Machine Gun Corps (Motors), The Bill Green collection of medals, in 2004 contained the following medals awarded to members of the Tank Corps. This page was last edited on 30 December 2020, at 11:03. The Museum is open 7 days a week, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. This was overseen by Colonel Lord Montagu (Inspector of Motor Vehicles, India and later Brigadier General, Advisor on Mechanical Transport Services, India). Today it comprises fourteen regiments – ten regular and four Yeomanry. findmypast Royal Tank Corps Enlistment Records, 1919-1934, "Report on Operations in Waziristan 25th November 1936 to 15th December 1937", The National Army Museum Photographs catalogue reference 2007-08-1, Peter Hodgson Family History on Pinterest, now no longer available, except for archive.org photograph links. No 6 Armoured Motor Battery was equipped with 3 x Minerva armoured cars based in Bannu, and was on NWF for Third Afghan War and 1919 Waziristan Campaign, before ceasing to exist December 1919 and being absorbed by 7th AMB. Motto - Fear Naught Uniform- Corps March- Nick-names- The Armoured Chavalry, Tankies At the outbreak of war in August 1914 the tactical use of machine guns was unappreciated by the British Military. There were a few 6 wheeled armoured cars with the same Crossley turret… Very few photos of these cars survive. The title changed in 1923 to The Royal Tank Corps Journal. It sailed through the trials. Consequently, the Army went to war with its infantry battalions and cavalry regiments each having a machine gun section of only two guns each. In 1923 The Tank Corps was granted the Royal Prefix and a new cap badge was taken into use. The website of The Royal Tank Regiment Association and Home Headquarters . R. G., 1st Light Tank Company, Royal Tank Corps. I am happy to cover all costs, if you are a family member or can put me in touch with them, please get in touch. Vaulx Hill Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France. There were ... about 100 of these armoured cars. Tanks were first used at the battle of Flers-Courcelette in September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme in World War I. The regiment has been deployed on all major conflicts since the end of the World War II, during which time it has earned a reputation for fearlessness and professionalism. By 1919, Nos 2 & 3 Armoured Motor Brigades were formed from Nos 4 - 12 AMBs, whilst Nos 13 - 16 AMBs remained un-brigaded. [1], By 1936 most armoured cars in service in India had been replaced by light tanks and the cars were distributed to volunteer forces in India and neighbouring countries. The records usually include a combination of the following information, The Tank Museum Archive & Reference Library holds the original enlistment and transfers-in ledgers (Army Book 358), In the operation from Shabkadar (North West Frontier) on 8 October 1915 "armoured cars were used for the first time in action in India and proved of great value".[9]. Pei building on Boston’s waterfront. Generally details of the Company were not given. No. The National Army Museum, London, catalogue lists volumes from No 1 1919–1920 to No 15 1933-1934 (missing No 11-12) . The Military Cross. The Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) was formed on 4 April 1939, just months before the outbreak of the Second World War (1939-45). The Military Medal was awarded for distinguished services rendered in the field in connection with the operations in Waziristan, during the period 16th December, 1937, to 31st December, 1938 to No. HQ No 10 Armoured Motor Brigade, formed in the UK, commanded Nos 5, 6, 7 & 16 AMBs and operated in Waziristan and Mahsud". 5, no. 6 Armoured Motor Battery or 6th Company Machine Gun Corps, India 1919-1921, The Collection of Medals to the Tank Corps formed by the late Bill Green page 2, The History of the 4th and 7th Royal Tank Regiments 1918-1939, "Report on Operations in Waziristan, 16th December, 1937 to the 31st December, 1938", Britain's Light Tank Mk II, Mk IIA, MK IIB, "The Shahur Tangi Ambush, North-West Frontier, 1937", Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant E. L. Parkin, Royal Tank Corps, later 7th (Queen’s Own) Hussars, Hong Kong & Singapore Mountain Battery - Palestine Awards, Armoured Cars, Tanks, Other Vehicles... & Pith Helmets, Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, Kings College London, https://wiki.fibis.org/index.php?title=Royal_Tank_Corps&oldid=85079, Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike, Service history (Date of enlistment, details of previous service, including any First World War service, service number, campaigns fought in, medals awarded, date of discharge and reason for it) and, Biographical information (Name, age, date and place of birth, place of residence, occupation, name and address of next of kin, marriage details, names and dates of birth of any children), The British Library collection includes a number of training manuals where the author is given as, From Jose Luis Castillo‘s blog "Armoured Cars in the WWI", Advises that on transfer to the 10th Armoured Car Co in 1921. [66] 85 (May 1926)-v.18,209 (Sept. 1936) and Nos. 6 Armoured Motor Battery served with No. The Company does not appear on a listing for 1937 indicating it had been disbanded and/or absorbed after its action in Waziristan. As well as providing a physical advantage, the Royal Tank Regiment plays an important psychological role: the sight of their Challenger 2 tanks rolling across the battlefield is both intimidating for the enemy and encouraging for fellow British Army forces. Forged in the adversity of World War I, the Royal Tank Regiment (RTR) is the oldest tank unit in the world. The RTR is part the Royal Armoured Corps and is made up of two operational regiments, the 1st Royal Tank Regiment and the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment. At the commencement of the 3rd Afghan War, No 1 Armoured Motor Brigade was reorganised into five Regular and three Auxiliary AMBs which served in the Khyber and Chitral areas. Erected by his sorrowing father and comrades. Imperial War Museum, The photograph at the top of this page shows Crossley Armoured Car 'Cachy', By c 1933, the 2nd and 7th Armoured Car Companies had become the 2nd Light Tank Co. based at, By 1936 most armoured cars in service in India had been replaced by light tanks and the cars were distributed to volunteer forces in India and neighbouring countries, Photographs showing tanks titled RTC in operations against the Mahsud in. Dera Ismail Khan. Waziristan, ca. 1978. Visit. Pre-WWII British LSGC medal & documents group to Captain in Royal Tank Corps. As well as being expensive they surprisingly were unable to get over the gradient test on the cross country trial. The 11th Light Tank Co. was part of the Razmak Brigade in Waziristan in 1939, A photograph now in the Tank Museum shows men of the 11th Light Tank Company at, Disbanded at Mir Ali c September 1939, handing over tanks to Indian cavalry, Scroll down to "Memories of times spent as a young Lance Corporal (fitter) in a Rolls-Royce armoured car company in India 1929-36" by J R Chapman, One of the references quoted is "Crossley Armoured Cars: Inter-War Years" December 2007 issue of, Two photographs taken by Sergeant Harry Ewin with the Royal Artillery in India during the early 1930s. 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards 5. [2], On 18 October 1923 the Tank Corps was officially given the title Royal making it the Royal Tank Corps (RTC). 5:00 pm British Army Colonel John Hamilton Bernard Peyton ( Indian Army ) ) these records are available with Full. Posters, stickers, home decor, and the Spartan armoured personnel.. 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