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 Post subject: WM20 Post War history?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 21:03 pm 
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I've just bought a WM20 (approx April 1941) and it has an Army rebuild plate from REME from 1952. It has the bike's Army reg number on the plate and I was wondering if there's anyway of finding out any history about it?

Army reg number is 65 YG 24

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Unfortunately it is very unlikely. These bikes were made in their 10s of Thousands. The only possible records went under with the old museum of Army Transport at Beverley.

The Reg number you have I think is actually the number the bike would have received upon being released onto the civilian market.

It would probably have been sold in a batch of 20 or so through the army's sales in the 50s. Leavesley's in Derbyshire for example.

All the best with your bike!

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 21:41 pm 
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Ah well worth a try, thought there might be something on it but i guess you can never be sure. The plate I thought gave the military ID, post 1949 army reg number etc.


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According to the ex military landrover folks you could try....
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How to get your vehicle history by a freedom of info enquiry


The email address to send to is: cio-foi@mod.uk & foi@dsg.mod.uk

Send a request in the following format:

Dear Sir / Madam
Request from:
(name)
(address)

Could you please provide Merlin Report and / or details of vehicle history for my (description of vehicle.) I confirm that I am the registered keeper of this vehicle.

The details from the VIN plate are as follows:
(details copied from VIN plate)

If you require further details, or if there is a charge payable, then please let me know. I will be very grateful for any information that you can give me that will help me to restore and maintain this vehicle for the future.


Worth a try for the cost of an an e-mail...

Or try http://www.rlcarchive.org/VehicleSrch.aspx for £35

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65 YG 24 is indeed a post-war military registration. I'd suggest a post on the WM20 forum. Not all the motorcycle cards followed the Museum of Army Transport / RLC Museum route and I suspect that someone on the M20 forum will be able to tell you if anything is shown on the 'Key Cards' - often it's just an earlier rebuild census number and disposal date. Occasionally the last known unit or Base Depot.

http://pub37.bravenet.com/forum/static/ ... =0&msgid=0


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thanks guys big help :D

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Use the link above for the RLC Museum. The key cards should list movements from one unit to another and you can then look up each unit and get an idea of what it was doing and where. I'd put up a random RAF one as an example but having some "technical issues"!

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