What did you do in the war Grandpa?

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    Well as it happens nothing of note, he was too young to join up.

    However, in 1946 he was called up for national service in the Royal Signals and was immediately sent to Palestine where he spent his time as the regimental clerk on account of his public school education and typing skills.

    Other than that, I know little about his time there. He once mentioned to me that the cinema on his base was bombed with many casualties and he reckoned the worst job was motorbike dispatch rider as the locals had a habit of stringing piano wire between trees.

    After this, his unit moved on mass across the Sinae desert in a big convoy, through Egypt to Tripoli. Water was rationed and as the owner of a clockwork razor, he was the only man who could shave. I still have the razor now.

    Eventually they made it to Tripoli, boarded a boat and sailed home.

    Anyway I'm currently going through his stuff and he kept all of his paperwork, everything even the receipt for the razor and old ticket stubs from the cinema which was bombed.

    Here is some of it, an interesting little snapshot into the life of a national serviceman in Palestine:
     

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    Weapon issue chit.
     

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    Receipt for razor.
     

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    Blank Christmas card.
     

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    The cinema.
     

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    Steps to cinema showing bomb damage.
     

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    The ship in Tripoli.
     

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  8. Nice pics! My gramps did national service too in 1947... but the other relatives like flies on shit took all his military possessions as soon as he passed away! :eek:(
     
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    Movement order.
     

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    Program for a concert he went to.
     

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    Random phots of unknown oppos.
     

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    Phots of the camp.
     

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    Some phots of him on leave, interesting that he was allowed to wear civvies.
     

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    Looking dapper.
     

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    My personal favourite, a charge sheet for being a gash hand.
     

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