Unit History: Junior Leaders Battalion RASC

Junior Leaders Battalion RASC

Added on 15/03/2010

Junior Leaders Battalion, Royal Army Service Corps
Norton Manor Camp, Taunton, Somerset.
Prior to 1961, Norton Manor Camp was occupied by a REME unit.
In 1961 the Junior Leaders Battalion RASC, moved into Norton Manor., and this brief history starts from Easter 1964.   It is extracted from the journal of the Battalion, “The Waggonette”
The motto was “Courage, Knowledge, Initiative and Integrity”
The unit consist of three Companies, “A”, “B” and “C”, and each company then had three platoons.
“A” Company contained Gloucester, Carter and Buller Platoons.
“B” Company contained Hobbs, Ford and Clayton – Clayton being the Battalion Band.
“C” Company contained Dalton, Connaught and Morley Platoons.
Their was a “Masters” platoon, however this was renamed to Morley.
The Officer Commanding was Lt Col I Renwick, RASC from 1963 to 1965 when he was replaced by Lt Col R A Harris, RASC
The RSM was WOI Dibden, RASC who was then replaced by WOI Saxton RASC during the Easter 1964 term.  WOI Saxton was commissioned and replaced by WOI Dalwood, BEM, RASC at the end of the Christmas 64 term.
There were also Driver and Clerical training wings.
Clayton Platoon was commanded by Trumpet Major Gregory, RASC.
The band were also responsible for the Battalion Mascot, Prince, a Dartmoor Pony.   Prince was replaced by Princess during 1965.
"The Sky is the limit . . . !"
The young soldier in the Army of the 60s can get to the top of his profession if he has the ambition and the will to get there. In
a Battalion such the Junior Leaders Battalion RASC, all the same training facilities exist as those to be found in a first-class public school, the main differences being that our young soldiers are fed much better than their
counterparts and are paid a liberal amount of pocket money by the Exchequer instead of by the parent!
A survey carried out in 1963 of boys who have attended Junior Leaders Battalions and Regiments (or their equivalent in earlier years) shows in the Royal Army Service Corps that of the 1,032 now serving in the Regular Army, seven per cent are holding commissioned ranks, five per cent Warrant rank, thirteen per cent are Staff Sergeants and Sergeants and twenty per cent Corporals.
It shows also that forty per cent of all Junior Leaders leaving the
Battalion achieve NCO rank within the first year of adult service,
twelve per cent achieve the rank of Sergeant before their sixth year
of service and fifteen per cent are promoted to the rank of WOII
before their thirteenth year of service which is at the age of approx.
30. Fourteen of the nineteen one-time ex-Apprentice Tradesmen
and ex-Regimental boys still serving in the non-commissioned
ranks with 21 years service, are Warrant Officers Class I.
In June 1965, the RASC was disbanded, and became the Royal Corps of Transport.
The Junior Leaders Regiment, RCT remained at Norton manor Camp until 1977 and was then transferred to Colerne in Wiltshire.

Memories of Junior Leaders Battalion RASC

(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)

Junior Leaders Battalion RASC in 1961

Written by Allan Keating

When I joined the Army at 16 years of age(1961)into the RASC, I was sent to the Junior Leaders Battalion, Norton Manor Camp (September time), from what I understood when I arrived there, they had not been located there for very long, and the Manor itself was used as the Oficers Mess, with the sgts mess in a building near the Main Gate.
I left Junior Leaders in 1963, and would imagine it was clossed down in 1965 when the RASC was disbanded and all Staff Clerks were rebadged into the RAOC, and the drivers formed the RCT, both of which no longer exist and have been rebadged into either Adj Gen Corps (Staff Clerks) and the Royal Logistics Corps for all other trades. Sorry I dont have any more info, hope this was helpful, maybe another member might know a bit more info. Regards Allan

Junior Leaders Battalion RASC, in 1961

Written by Brian Lester

Chris Groom, a real funny guy, Bob Avery still mates after all these years,

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