Started in Home Guard, guarding Thirlmere lake, one rifle one bullet for 2 nights a week, then trained in drill hall by WW1 sergeant. Then joined up in Royal Corps of Signals, trained in Wales. Devon Plymouth in big air raids, then moved to Scotland preparing for overseas. Then North Africa, Tunis grand march past, then Italy Taranto landings, Adriatic side of Italy. First Christmas in olive grove with chicken nearly ready for Christmas but … Venice Florence Rome top of Vesuvius. Never in a bed for three years, finally in Austria at the end of the war, in a bed, but too comfortable and could not sleep!
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