Posted 23 November 2008 - 03:02 pm
I've just worked through Early Motor Vehicle Registration in Wiltshire 1903-1914 (edited by Ian Hicks, Wiltshire Record Society volume 58, Trowbridge 2006), which gives details of registration numbers AM 1 to AM 4419, AM being the index mark allocated to Wiltshire. Some of the vehicles listed were owned by soldiers serving in Wiltshire (noticeably including members of the Royal Artillery, Bulford and Royal Flying Corps personnel) or by organisations involved with war work. Though the book lists registrations first made up to December 31, 1914, it also records subsequent owners, including some based at wartime camps. I've noted a couple of famous names:
AM 2829: Douglas, July 23, 1914-January 14, 1920, Louis Arbon Strange, Central Flying School Netheravon (perhaps an error for CFS Upavon?)
AM 3001: Thornycroft ("for military transport purposes") April 18, 1913-January 17, 1915, Major Brook Popham, No 3 Squadron, RFC Larkhill
and half a dozen vehicles presumably bought locally and registered in Wiltshire in late 1914 by Sir John Jackson Ltd, the company that built many of the Salisbury Plain camps in 1914-15; also
AM 4258: Ford with ambulance body, October 31, 1914– ,The Commandant (C Coleridge), Wilts VAD No 5, Homington House, Salisbury
and several cars purchased for the use of, presumably, staff of the 13th and 19th Divisions, Bulford, together with
AM 4380: Indian motor cycle, December 10, 1914– , The Government of Canada, Militia and Defence Department, Canadian Ordnance Corps, Bulford Camp
AM 4381: Ford, December 11, 1914– , Lieutenant-Colonel Frank Stephen Meighan, 14th Royal Montreal Regiment, West Down South Camp.
Amazingly the 550-page book retails for just Ģ20. It's hard-back with separate indices for places, persons, owners' trades, motor cars and motor-cycles. Just think of the labour in transcribing all those records from the original!