Royal Army Ordnance Corp – Brockley Hall Saltburn

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This small painted sign can be found on a gatepost outside Brockley Hall. The property itself dates back to 1875 and became a Christian Endeavour Home in 1937.

I have no detais, but the sign would suggest it may have played a role in WW2 when the RAOC was responsible for the supply of ammunition, clothing and general stores. The “CSS” may stand for Combat Service Support.

No.1 C.S.S. / R.A.O.C Brockley Hall Saltburn
No.1 C.S.S. / R.A.O.C Brockley Hall Saltburn

7 thoughts on “Royal Army Ordnance Corp – Brockley Hall Saltburn

  1. They all played their part during the war: but what ever happened to “… least we forget”? You’re doing your part in helping us remember…

    One of my biggest regrets is when my Father was alive, not asking more about his life experiences during the war. Those memories should live on but that generation generally kept things to themselves.

  2. I am reliably informed by a retired Captain in the Royal Engineers that the lettering stands for:

    First Battalion Royal Army Ordnance Corp, the CSS signifies Combat Support Squadron.

  3. If I remember rightly, this is the No1 Clerks & Storekeepers School / Royal Army Ordinance Corps. I have a photo album from a guy who went there.

  4. My friend who is a retired Captain in the Royal Engineers has been in touch with the Royal Army Ordnance Corp, with regards to the above sign, who have informed him that the signage refers to:

    No 1 Combat Service Support unit Royal Army Ordnance Corp.

    He has apologised for the earlier misleading statement of Combat Support Squadron.

  5. The Royal Army Ordnance Corp have supplied more information, to my retired Captain in the Royal Engineers friend, with the below statement:
    1 UK division combat service support Royal Army Ordnance Corp part of HQ 102 logistic Brigade responsible for supply and distribution ammunition, fuel, rations and spare parts.
    Saltburn was an administration centre.

    Trusting the above is of interest.

    • Annecdotal ts account (22pp) of his career with the RAOC, May 1945 – November 1949, and the Army Emergency Reserve, January 1958 – February 1959, including: volunteering to join the Regular Army, March 1945; training with No 9 Primary Training Unit (General Service Corps), Maryhill Barracks, Glasgow, May – June 1945; No 1 Clerks’ and Storemens’ School, RAOC, Saltburn-by-Sea, Yorkshire, June – July 1945, passing out as a Clerk III tech; service with the RAOC at the Command Ordnance Depot, Bicester, Oxfordshire, July 1945 – May 1948, working as Stocktaker at the Signal and Wireless Depot, Piddington, and attending a Clerk and Storeman School in Oakham, Rutland, spring 1947; Staff Sergeant Instructor and chief clerk to the CRAOC, 42nd (Lancashire) Division attached to the 16th Ordnance Field Park, TA, in Manchester, May 1948 – November 1949, when he bought himself out of the Army; joining the Army Emergency Reserve, January 1958 and was posted to the 11th (Bristol and Gloucester) Mobile Defence Corps leaving the army on the disbandment of this Corps in February 1959.

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