My granddad was born in 1906 ish. He has been in his grave since 1973 or there abouts. The story I had been told growing up was that as a boy he saw or learnt of a young fella that did not enlist in WW1 after conscription was stopped. He was apparently lynched by the local populace. In the late 1920/30s granddad was blinded in his left eye playing football. At the outbreak of WW2 he went straight off to the recruiting office to join up. The family tale tells me that he expected to get a thanks but no thanks you're 33 ish and half blind now **** off so he could walk with his head held high. However, the medic/Dr is alleged to have said "left or right handed?", "right handed sah" came the reply from granddad. "You'll not need to close an eye to shoot" said the medical staff! So began a career in the REME. Also he is meant to have contracted spinal meningitis in and around 1941. My dad remembers the family going to see him down south. Next thing he was in Africa then Italy! After his death I inherited his medals but no Africa star. I wrote to the MoD they informed that he never served in Africa and had been sent to Scotland to recuperate after the meningitis. In fact according to the MoD he never ever left Scotland and just appeared in Italy!!! His oldest mate a pre war tankie used to tell me that he wanted to stay with his mates so probably 'jumped ship and trooped to Africa with his pals" I was too young to have a chat with him and my dad told me he never spoke about the war on his return. He never had his medals mounted and they were found in the bottom of his sock drawer after he died. Before my dad passed he told me that granddad hated the Army after his war service. Family fact or just utter bullshit to entertain a young fella 40 odd years ago? What do you guys think?