175 Inland Water Transport Regt

175 IWT Regiment AER. (IWT=Inland Water Transport). (AER= Army Emergency Reserve the forerunner to the present TA.)

Spike is the first person to ask for this squadron/ regt to be created, so anyone who can tell me anything about it please feel free to get in touch.  Failing that, hopefully Spike will have some memories/ stories and photos to provide which the rest of us can use to find out more about it.  REgards, Gordon

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Hi my late dad Alec Crowe was working on the Thames as a Waterman / Lighterman at the time he got called up for national Service & was sent to Christmas Island at the very beginning of Operation Grapple. He was flown out there with a stop in the USA then onto the Island. Sadly I do not have his Service Number only photos's. He worked on the waterways division and was told it was a very small group he was in with the RE. He was a Lance Corporal and was at Marchwood and Southampton. He was home April 1957 back in Erith , Kent where he continued on the river as a lighterman & waterman until he died aged 55.