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- Cpl Stanley Hall
- Location of story:
- St Austell area
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- 30 April 2005
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My father, Cpl Stanley Hall first enlisted in the army in 1922 and served in the 2nd Battalion of the Grenadier Guards until January 1929.
When war was declared in 1939 he was in the T.A. and was ordered to report to the Royal Berkshire Regiment a few days before 3rd September 1939. I recall the news broadcast that September day and my mother being upset and cursing Hitler.
I cannot recall when he was transferred to the Military Police, and can find no record of his transfer.
Prior to 'D' Day he was posted with the American forces in the St Austell area. April 28th 1944 a lorry driver handed him maps, published by the war department in Washington, he had found by the roadside.
My father died in January 1997 and after my mother died in 1999 I found the report of the lost maps amongst his papers, and have always wondered if there was any connection with them and the 'D' day landings.
P.S. On V.E. Day my elder sister suggested we went to London to join in the celebration. it was a day I shall never forget!
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