No. 3

1912 – 1938

Nos. 3 and 4, are ammunition carriers.  No. 3 takes the first supply of ammunition to the gun, assisted by No. 4, and arranges that the spare parts wallet is brought up to the gun position.  No. 4 takes the ammunition from the limber to No. 3, when a further supply is required, and also the condenser complete and half-filled with water.  No. 3 is responsible that the condenser reaches the gun position before there is any chance of the water boiling.  No. 4 places his own rifle and those of Nos. 1, 2, and 3, in the limber.

1939 – 1942

The No. 3 is identified as carrying the condenser can, ammunition liner, and an aiming lamp.

1943 (Airlanding)

This Airlanding Bn No. 3 has his 1937 Pattern equipment, Airborne (Denison) Smock and Airborne Mk. II Helmet. As he is in the midst of training, he is wearing denim trousers without gaiters. He is not carrying his personal weapon at this time but would have been armed with a Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk. I (or Mk. I*) Rifle or Mk. 5 Sten Machine Carbine. He is seen carrying two ammunition liners, the condenser can and the aiming post (Mk. III).

1943 – 1968

In the 1951 Manual, the No. 3 is identified as carrying the following equipment on a ‘long carry’: