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My Army Service

by salisburysouthwilts

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J Trussler
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Monte Casino Wakefield Alton Towers
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20 September 2005

My Army Service.
During the 2nd World War I joined the Army in 1942, starting in Wakefield, Yorkshire and having become a wireless operator, and then went to O.C.T.V at Alton Towers where I passed out top of the squad. From there to Frome in Somerset and where I joined the Essex Yeomanry. Having spent 6 months there — and where incidentally I met my wife Margaret, being at War Office disposal in January 1944, I was sent to Italy and fought through the Monte Casino battle, ably supported by the Ghurkhas — very brave little men and with whom I always associate the ever ready cup of tea “teik hi sahib”.

After that campaign and peace in Europe having been declared, I came back to England in July 1945 for leave, before going to the Far East. Fortunately hostilities ceased so leave was extended allowing me time to get engaged to Margaret. Then a year in Palestine where I served as Adjutant and did an Agricultural course as well as a Christian Leadership Course.

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