The Transport Office

The Transport Office was located in the stable block. It was entered through a door that lead up a steep staircase to the first floor where there were a number of offices.

The Transport Office came under the command of the Motor Transport Officer (MTO). He was responsible for all the Auxiliary Units transport. This included bringing men to and from the Coleshill courses, sometimes picking them up from the Highworth Post Office or sometimes the station at Swindon. They also controlled the motorcyclists who delivered messages and orders across the country. 

The Transport Office was staffed by the Motor Transport Officer, a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) and an ATS typist. Other Ranks of the Royal Army Service Corps were drivers responsible for all motor transport in the Army.

One particularly memorable event was when three of the drivers were passengers in a car driven by one of their colleagues that crashed into another car driven by Captain Tracey one of the staff officer at Coleshill. He had swerved to avoid a small child (Joy Oxendon in a pram) and the cars collided head on, with all the occupants needing to be admitted to hospital. Sergeant McCullough the senior NCO, was on leave at the time and returned to discover he had almost no drivers left!

Role Name Posted from Until
RASC Section Driver IC Bloor unknown unknown
RASC Section Driver IC Ken Burnell unknown unknown
RASC Section Sergeant Eric S Gray 27 Mar 1941 1943
RASC Section Driver IC Houseman unknown unknown
RASC Section Driver IC Hoy unknown unknown
RASC Section Driver IC Tommy Mappin unknown unknown
RASC Section Sergeant McCullough 27 Mar 1941 unknown
RASC Section Sergeant Singleton unknown unknown
RASC Section Corporal Sidney Leonard Smith 1940 unknown
RASC Section Driver IC John Stedman unknown unknown
RASC Section Driver IC Charles Henry Styan unknown 1943
RASC Section Driver Torre Unknown Unknown
RASC Section Warrant Officer (Class 1) Harold George Transit Twelves 1940 1943
RASC Section Driver IC Unwin unknown unknown
Motor Transport Officer Lieutenant John Cecil Crawley 1942 1942
Motor Transport Officer Captain The Lord Delamere 1942 1943
Motor Transport Officer Major William Welchman Harston 1940 1941
Caption & credit
The MT (Motor Transport) Offices on the first floor at the West end of the stable block