The journey for the Regiment did not end in Scotland. They eventually ended up at Inkerman Barracks in Woking, England where they were attached to 1 Canadian Armoured Corps Re-enforcement Unit for rations, quarters and training. In September, 1943, the Regiment was sent to Limpsfield Camp in Surrey, south of London, Englad. There they were informed that there was no place for the Regiment in the First Canadian Army. They were also informed that there was a large quantity of vehicle that had been sent to the United Kingdom from North America that needed to be assembled.
On the 29th of October, 1943 the Regiment boarded trains for a move to Headley in Hampshire County to begin their new assignment assembling vehicles for the war effort. It should be noted that many of the men in the 30th RECCE Regiment had worked for Ford Motor Company, Chrysler or General Motors in Windsor and had joined the army, partly out of patriotism and partly out of a desire to escape from the auto factories. So here they were in England, assembling vehicle just like they had done back home but for a fraction of the pay. Even though they troops hated the assignment, they did an excellent job setting production and quality records.
On the left is a photo of two of our officers on the 1CAC-CEAU and an example of a sergeant’s uniform from that same period.
The 30 RECCE troops enjoying a few pints on New Years Eve in England.
On the 6th of April, 1944 Administrative Order #56 CMHQ ordered the creation of Number 1 Company of the Canadian Armoured Corps-Canadian Equipment Assembly Unit and the disbandment of the 30th RECCE Regiment (Active) It was truly a dark day for the Regiment. The established strength of 1 CAC-CEAU was 8 officers and 336 other ranks. The remainder of the troops were sent to 1 Canadian Armoured Corps Re-enforcement Unit. Many of the men from the 30th RECCE went on to service with distinction in other armoured regiments. Although 30th RECCE troops fought in every battle of the European Campaign helping to win Battle Honours for those regiments, they never had the chance to win any for their home regiment. This is why the Windsor Regiment (RCAC) has no battle honours from Worls War 2 on their Guidon today.