Lanchester (Admiralty Turreted Pattern) Use in World War I
The Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) was supposed to use the armored cars for guarding air bases and retrieving downed airmen.4,6 However, by 1915 the cars were being formed into squadrons that were members of the Royal Naval Armored Car Division.4
Lanchester (Admiralty Turreted Pattern) British Army Use
The armored cars were handed over to the British Army in August 1915 and they decided they wanted to standardize on the Rolls-Royce armored car.4,5,6 In October 1915 all the Lanchesters were moved to England and in the following year they were organized as the No. 1 Squadron of the Royal Naval Armored Car Division and were shipped to Russia under the command of Commander Locker-Lampson.3,4,5,6 Little is known what operations they participated in.4
After the Brusilov Offensive in mid-1917 the Lanchesters were shipped back to the United Kingdom with 53,000 new miles added to their odometers.4,5
Lanchester 6x4 Armored Car Use in World War II
Saw service with the Selangor & Perak Battalions of the Federated Malay States Volunteer Force (1938-1942) and with the Singapore Volunteer Corps Armored Car Company.