174.Port Operating Sqn IWT RE AER

Can remember 56 . and the 2 Port Operating Sqn's 175 and 174.IWT AER at Marchwood. Everyone was wondering who was going to Port Said 174 or 175. It wound up 175 went looking for LCT's and 174 went to Port Said. For anyone wondering these 2 Sqn's, the lads nicknamed Mr Tates Army. a lot of the men including Officers and NCO's in the Sqns worked for Tate and Lyle . A few of us did not. I was 174 and wound up Mate of a Z Craft in Tobruk, Skipper of a Z Craft in Famagusta, Skipper of the Port Said Ferry, and finally Skipper of a tug before leaving Port Said