THE GENERAL SERVICE COMPANIES

1945-46

 

 

SHORT HISTORY

 

3 General Service Companies were raised.

Each company consisted of a Staff section, a platoon of cooks (84 men),
a platoon of drivers (102 men) and a non-specialised platoon (99 men).

The main task of the General Service Companies was to supply Allied units with cooks,
drivers and general service personnel.

Cooks of the  Belgian
3rd General Service Company.

Place and date unknown.

It was a ungrateful task, but the 3 companies never were without work !!!

 

Pay Book from a private from the 2nd General Service Company.

 

Coy

Raised

Place

To
21st Army Group

Stationned at

Disbanded
Where + When

Commanding
Officers

1st Gen Service Coy

February 22 1945

Mons

April 5 1945

Brugge (Belgium)
Herford (Germany)

Hoogboom (Belgium)
May 20 1946

Senior Captain DOMBARD
Lieutenant VINDEVOGEL
Senior Captain HENROTTE

2nd Gen Service Coy

March 19 1945

Mons

April 5 1945

Blankenberge (Belgium)
Gent (Belgium)

Gent (Belgium)
May 30 1946

Senior Captain DEBRUE
Senior Captain LAMBERT

3rd Gen Service Coy

April 21 1945

Mons

May 1 1945

Westende (Belgium)
Roeselare (Belgium)

Westende (Belgium)
April 4 1946

Senior Captain DOMBARD

 

 

INSIGNIA AND BADGES

 

FORMATION BADGE

All 3 companies were assigned to the 21st Army Group,
and subsequently they all wore the formation badge of the Lines of Communications Troops
of the 21st Army Group.

A blue cross on a red shield.

 

Formation Badge of the L. of C. Troops
of the 21st Army Group

 

Battle-Dress blouse of Senior Captain DOMBARD
commanding officer of the 3rd General Service Company.
On his right arm sleeve (left on the picture) he also wears
the wounded stripe from the 1st World War,
and on his left arm sleeve 5 battle stripe of the 1st World War which means
he served for 2 years and 6 months in WW1.

INSIGNIA

All men wore the Belgian Rank Insignia.

On both shoulder straps they wore a Belgian crown with the number of the company beneath.

The white tread version and the brass version were both worn.

On the right arm sleeve they wore the Belgian National Colours,
the Formation Badge of the LOC Troops of the 21st Army Group, and the Infantry flash.

On the left arm they wore a white "Belgium" title,
the Formation Badge of the LOC Troops of the 21st Army Group, and the Infantry flash.

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