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I selected these two photos because I think they encapsulate what it is to be a soldier. This first image shows the informality and exuberance of youth. The army is made of of youths and films often hide that fact … Continue reading
HJL Mansell, Palestine 1947 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards.
After Toulon in France, Naples in Italy and Malta dad went to Egypt before finally landing up in Palestine. Palestine, Guardsman Mansell, 1946
More photos from dad’s journey from England to Palestine to join his Battalion – 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards – in 1946. Some more photos of Naples and then Malta. Naples 1946 Then to Malta by 1946 I wonder what the … Continue reading
Dad in Toulon southern France 1946 on his way to joint the third battalion Grenadier Guards in Palestine. This photo below interested me. Just look at the number of ships in port, many of which look like Navy ships. Then … Continue reading
After dad had completed his basic training he was sent to joint the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards in Palestine. This he did by travelling by train to Toulon in France then picking up a troop ship to Naples, then Malta … Continue reading
Dad ages about 14 in 1942 at the back of Castillion Road Catford Dad in the Army Cadet Corps. He joined up as soon as he could.