Harry's War Record

Africa Star medal
World War Two medal
Africa Star with Eighth Army clasp and the 1939 - 1945 War Medal

The few memories he recounted were the tremendous barrage of guns at Alamein and the 'mad' Scots marching into battle to the sound of bagpipes

And then, later, on a ship bound for Italy, when the announcement came over the speaker that Italy had surrendered "everyone cheered"

Letter accompanying my receipt of his medals

This letter explains the medals are issued once only

1940 Jul 1 Deemed to have been enlisted July 1 50th (Holding) Bn. The Sherwood Foresters

Dec 11-17

At Keighley, north of Bradford - On leave with RA/SLR Ration Allowance/Standard Local Rate Ration Allowance
1941 Feb 17 Passed test Cook Class II
  Mar 13-19 On Leave - On leave with RA/SLR
  Apr 26-27 On Leave
  Jun 5-11 At Ockley. On Leave
  Sep 12-18 On Leave
  Sep 24 Passed local test to be a Cook, upgraded to Class I
  Oct 18-19 At Chiddingfold. On Leave
  Dec 11-17 On Leave
  Dec 5-12 On Leave
1942 Mar 14-15  
  Apr 18 Married Kitty
  May 8 Embarked for overseas
  Jul 1 to 27 First battle of El Alamein
  Jul 18 Dis-embarked for M.E.F Mediterranean Expeditionary Force
  Nov 1 Granted Cooks pay first Class
  Oct 2 - Nov 11 Second Battle of Alamein
  Dec 28 Compulsorily transferred to ACC (Army Catering Corps) in rank of Private
1943 Jan 1 Transferred from M.E.F. to PAIFORCE Persia Iraq Force
  Jan 5 Entered PAIFORCE
  May 8 to M.E.F from PAIFORCE
  May 29 GPB (?) Class II
  Aug 1 Posted to BNAF British North Africa Force
  Sep 8 Italy surrenders
  Sep 10 14th Battalion Sherwood Foresters Class 1A
1944 Jan 1 Award date mustred Stead [sic]
  Nov 14 Posted to P/A 384 Coy RASC (Army Tpt) Royal Army service Corps
  Nov 20 ADM II Gen Hosp p posted X(2)
  Dec 5 Transferred to 95 Gen. Hosp
    Awarded Eighth Army Clasp
1945 Jan 8 disch Hosp. to RASCTD and posted X(4)
  Jan 16 SOS X(4) P/A to 384 Coy RASC (Apt) SOS Struck off Strenth - left the unit
  Aug 1 left unit? 24.7.45 DID RASC Detail issue Depot
  Sep 4 Rejoined Unit from Leave Evt MedAll
  Sep 22 P/A II DID RASC
  Dec 15 P/A to HQ 87 Grp PNR Corps Pioneer Corps
1946 Jan 1 SOS CMF to MEF - TOS from CMF TOS - taken on strength - joined unit
  Jan 2 Back to M.E.F
  Jan 18 Medically examined prior to release, found fit for further service
  Feb 19 Posted to X(VIII)A Release
  Mar 6 "Home" until Jun 16
  Jun 17 "Released to class Z(T) Terr. Army reserve
1959 Jun 30 Discharged from Reserve Liability

Harry's Army records

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Territorial Army record of service Archive:448 Territorial Army - Record of Service Paper - This shows Harry's details when he enlisted
Territorial Army record of service

Archive: 449 Territorial Army - Record of Service Paper

Shows a summary of his service and includes a pencil comment suggesting his medals were undelivered. They must have been eventually delivered as I saw them and have included their photos on this page.
Territorial Army record of service3 Archive: 450 Statement of the Services
Army discharge paper Archive: 451 Statement of the Services
Army Casualty Form Archive: 452 Service and Casualty Form
Army Casualty Form 2 Archive: 453 Service and Casualty Form
Army Casualty Form 3 Archive: 454 Service and Casualty Form
Army Casualty Form 4 Archive: 455 Service and Casualty Form
Army Release form Archive: 456 Notification of Impending Release


Here is my hand-written summary of the above pages