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Royal Field Artillery photo. What is this vehicle?

Postby mbford222 » Thu Apr 28, 2016 2:50 pm

My grandfather Albert Walters, a fitter with the R.F.A. is seen in this vehicle, 4th row from the back. I would guess a date around 1920-1925 based on his age (b 1895). The wording on the vehicle says M. Ranger and Sons, Durrington, Wilts, indicating perhaps that it is not a military vehicle. Other passengers are in civilian dress.
I have no record of my grandfather being based in Wiltshire, can anyone suggest what this event could be please. Is this an amphibious vehicle?

Any opinions would be welcome.
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Re: Royal Field Artillery photo. What is this vehicle?

Postby peter kent » Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:05 pm

It's not a military vehicle and it isn't amphibious.

Mark Ranger and Sons of Durrington was a firm which hired out "Motor buses and charabancs, special trips and parties catered for".

It was just a privately hired coach - topless in this case :)
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Re: Royal Field Artillery photo. What is this vehicle?

Postby mbford222 » Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:21 pm

Thank you Peter, I just wanted to be sure.
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Royal Field Artillery photo. What is this vehicle?

Postby coopernicola » Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:49 pm

Seems it is indeed a charabanc (good old Wikipedia!). Credit states: 1920's Charabanc.
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Re: Royal Field Artillery photo. What is this vehicle?

Postby mbford222 » Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:12 pm

Thanks for that information. Looks like nothing more than a day out with the Army pals.
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Re: Royal Field Artillery photo. What is this vehicle?

Postby AdrianB38 » Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:31 pm

Wonder what they had in the pouches on the bandoliers? A pork pie in each? ;)

Smashing photo, though
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Re: Royal Field Artillery photo. What is this vehicle?

Postby phsvm » Thu May 05, 2016 7:26 pm

Durrington is vey close to Stonehenge, in fact there's a major prehistoric site called Durrington Walls as well and both are on Salisbury Plain so maybe it was a day trip to see the former?

It's also not very far from Fovant (google Fovant Badges which are really interesting) which was a big dispersal camp after the war so maybe if you could move the date back to 1918/19/20 perhaps it could be as he was being 'de-mobbed'? Military historians on this forum could tell you more about the demobbing of troops than I can though!
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