'Troops embussing in Arras...', courtesy of the United Kingdom Government

Heritage Lottery Fund grants First World War B-type bus restoration £750,000 in funding

Posted on centenarynews.com on 16 April 2013
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Date of publication: 16/04/2013

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded six London projects a total of £3.65 million, including the restoration of a B-type bus which ferried troops from London to the Western Front during the First World War.

"Revered as the Routemaster of its day the open-top B-type bus was pressed into military service at the beginning of the war. Swapping their bright red London General Omnibus Company livery for sombre army khaki the buses – numbering some 1,500 – were commandeered to act as troop and equipment transports, ambulances, and even mobile pigeon lofts enabling messages to be sent from the frontline back to headquarters".

"The project will be undertaken by the London Transport Museum making use of surviving original parts and replica components. It will also fund a five-year programme of learning and participation activities with volunteers and apprentices across the entire centenaries of the war. Once completed, in August 2014, the vehicle, finished in its wartime livery, will take part in a programme of commemorative events and a touring roadshow".

To read the full press release, visit the Heritage Lottery Fund website here.

Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News