An account of Army Life During World War II
experienced by Bernard Welburn

last updated November 12, 2010



 

Epochs and Theatres of War
please follow the links below to visit each part of the story.

PRE-WAR

Italy

 

 

undated, but thought to be during training, circa 1938?

Written on reverse :
"Left to Right - Front row
Wright, Jackson, Houghton, Aldred, Rerouf C.[?]
back row :
Welburn, Brackley, Strachan, Rive, Den, Jew[?]

492 Squad Football Team
Season 1936/37"


circa 1937?

Date Location Comments
28 Jan 37 Hull, UK Enlisted for Royal Tank Corps
29 Jan 37 Bovington Camp, UK Joined R.T.C Depot
6 Feb 37 Bovington Camp, UK Started training Squad 492
(sgt. Caddington?)
1 Jul 37 Bovington Camp, UK Attained MPV & Driving Test - Classified as Driver BB III Group "E"
2 Jul 37 Bovington Camp, UK Attained Certificate of education
c12 Jul 37 Lulworth Cove Proceeded to Gunnery Wing for 6 weeks.
14 Sep 37 Bovington Camp, UK completed revolver training course.
30 Sep 37 Farnborough, Hants Posted to and joined 2nd Bn Royal Tank Corps.
c31 Sep 37 - 6 week D+M[?] Course
18 Jan 38   Passed as Driver IC Class 2
    Took up employed job as B.O.R Runner
19 Jan 38   Became learner clerk
21 Jun 38   sat and obtained 3rd class trade test for test group "C"
c1 Jun 38 Lulworth Cove Bn moved for 3 weeks field firing
post Whitsund Farnborough Bn moved back
3 Jul 38 Tilshead Bn moved for 3 month annual manouvres
14 Sep 38 Farnborough Individual Training row despatch clerk
23 May 39 Aldershot Captain Dean finished as Adjutant, Liut. Richardson new. Sat for and attained 2nd class (clerk) trade test.
1 Jun 39 Warminster moved (under canvas)
28 Jan 39 Warminster Granted 1st good conduct badge
15 Jun 39   Reservists called up
1 Jul 39 Warminster appointed as unpaid Lance Corporal
2 Sep 39 Warminster Outbreak of WW2
Reservists come up from Depot.
Moved B.O.R into Militia Hut
4 Nov 39 Luton B.O.R in Drill Hall on Old Bedford Road.
Billeted at 49 Reginald St.
25 Jan 40 Cranbourne, Dorset B.O.R in village hall
1 Feb 40 Ringwood, hants Moved - lots of snow, very cold.
B.O.R in empty Drapers Shop
10 Feb 40 Bovington Admitted to Hospital with German Measles
16 Feb 40   Discharged from hospital
21 May 40   Promoted as personal clerk

 

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Epochs and Theatres of War
please follow the links below to visit each part of the story.

PRE-WAR

Italy

 

 




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