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Second World War 1939-1945

151st Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps

The 151st Regiment Royal Armoured Corps was established from the old 10th Battalion of the King's Own Royal Regiment, Lancaster. The unit was formed on 1st January 1942 and its first training took place in Northumberland and Yorkshire, before it moved to Kent. In October 1942 whilst returning from its first regimental exercise, the column was attacked by enemy aircraft outside Canterbury and one man was killed and another wounded. On 25th July 1943 a Divisional Church Parade took place in Canterbury Cathedral, the salute being taken by the Commander in Chief, Second Army. In November 1943 the Regiment was visited by General Neil Ritchie who was commanding XII Corps. The year ended with the unit practising waterproofing vehicles. When on the 31st December 1943 the 107th Regiment Royal Armoured Corps (The King's Own) was disbanded - personnel were transferred to the 151st, who on 1st January 1944 took on their title as well. The Regiment, although Royal Armoured Corps, was cap badged 'King's Own'.

Royal Armoured Corps Cap Badge

1st January 1942 151st Regiment established

1st January 1944 151st Regiment becomes 107th Regiment



The King's Own The Story of a Royal Regiment Volume 3 1914-1959 by Colonel Julia Cowper - the best history of the King's Own in the Second World War.  On a CD-rom, viewable through a computer with Internet Explorer or similar.  Price including UK postage 12.75

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