Sunday, December 16, 2007

MTC members
- brief references from family and local history websites

* Denise Bardell
Recollections of period with Mechanised Transport Corps (MTC) and Civil Defence, UK 1941-1944; joining MTC; uniform; driving experience; initial duties in Horsham, 1941. Status of MTC in comparison with other services; basic training in London; work as courier for MI5, witnessing interrogation of suspected German spy; attachment as MTC driver to Civil Defence; training shift rotation; bases at Hyde Park and Westbourne Terrace, London; pregnancy and leaving MTC; 1944 pay; uniform; food; rations increased opportunities for women during Second World War; accidents in MTC; fuel rations, story of MTC demonstration that went wrong; promotion to Cadet Officer; discipline; attitude towards work with MTC; attitude of other servicewomen towards MTC; scarcity of women drivers in 1940s; attitude towards war meals; reflections on work with MTC.
- Denise Bardell Interview Imperial War Museum Sound Archive

* Ursula Lloyd Bennett
Below is a list of some 2,300 allied servicemen (and three women) who escaped from enemy occupied territories during the Second World War and returned to the UK (includes a listing for): Bennett Ursula Lloyd Miss Army Mechanised Transport Corps
- From "Escape Lines of World War 2"

* M B Crowe
Mrs. M B Crowe, of the Women's M.T.C., took care of the hospital ambulance and was its honorary driver for most of the hospital's life. (The North Mymms Auxiliary Hospital)
- From On The Home Front: The People and Parish of North Mymms 1939-45

* Veronica Mary Dingle
At age 18, she swopped her bike for a car when she was kindly given an Austin Seven by her Aunt Clara, and from then on, driving was to be Vera's great delight for the next 70 years. In fact, at the height of the war, she signed up for military service and spent 3½ years in the Mechanised Transport Corps, driving 1,000-gallon petrol tanker lorries from the Diglis Depot to airfields and other military bases. It meant her frequently having to clamber on top to check the dipsticks. Her MTC lorry driver chums at Worcester in those war days included two other Alice Ottley old girls - Joan Faram and Joan Jerram. In 1942, Vera had married Scotsman Hector Dick whose working life was spent mainly with the engineering company of Alley and MacLellan on Worcester's Westside. The couple set up home at Pound House, Hallow but Vera had to bow out of her military lorry driving in 1946 when she became pregnant with their only child, daughter Jennifer. Among Vera's prized possessions still are her khaki MTC uniform and photographs from her military service, "doing my bit for the war effort."
- From

* Eileen Knocker
Knocker, Eileen A.C., MTC - Died in Blitz in Sept. 1940. Brass given by her brother Group Captain Guy Mainwaring Knocker, RAF.
- Small brass plaque on column between pulpit and Gratwicke Chapel. Memorials in St Margaret's Church

* Margaret de Reneville
Letter from Margaret, Comtesse de Reneville (Woronzow Rd., London NW8) to CSC, thanks for obtaining declaration of English nationality, which had helped her to obtain post with the Mechanised Transport Corps.
- From the Churchill Archives;reference=CHAR%201%2F355%2F57

* Millie (Stanworth?)
In the midst of this modern fairground you will meet Millie - still keen to be out and about and meeting the customers - and with memories stretching back to horse-drawn days and the travels of her own family, and the Davies family - not forgetting her wartime career with the Mechanised Transport Corps.
- Henry Stanworth Funfair

* Unknown – with MTC at Desford and Leicester
These pictures are offered from the collection of a lady who was given her first Snaffles as a teenager in 1937. From childhood she had been a keen rider, and she hunted with the South Atherstone until she married and moved away from Leicestershire. After a short residence in London, she moved to the Essex Union country where she and the family were regular members of the hunt. Her first Snaffles, a gift from her best girlfriend, was The Timber Merchant - to this day a firm favourite of her collection. On her 21st birthday (1943), her colleagues in the Mechanised Transport Corps (MTC), Royal Air Force Station, Desford and Leicester, gave her a military Snaffles - The Season 1939-40.
- from a Bonham’s Press Release re sale of ‘Snaffles’ paintings - link lost

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