All Regiments and Corps, Royal Air Force, & Navy both in Britain and the Commonwealth were allotted participation in the parade according to the size of their unit. The RAVC being one of the smallest units in the British Forces were allowed only one row of personnel which amounted to eight personnel, and one officer.
The parade route itself was twelve miles long, and took a total of five hours to march. The crowd, estimated at over three million never once ceased its jubilant roar for the entire route.
The photograph on the opposite page shows the eight personnel, and officer selected to represent the RAVC in preparation on the square ground at Melton Mowbray, prior to going to London to participate in the Coronation Parade.
A few days prior to Coronation Day, we were transported to London to Olympia Building which was just full of two tier bunks. With no privileges for rank, were were all allocated a bunk, side by side with the RSM, Staff Sergeant, Sergeant, Corporal, Lance Corporal and Privates.
L/Corporal Baxter D.L.