Glad to have been some help. Compared to your dad my service was pretty tame although there were one or two momemts of excitement. As to seeing action I suppose when I was in my early twenties I would probably have welcomed it as it was what we were all training for but with hindsight I'm glad I was spared the horrors of war. The service in N Ireland was enough to still affect some of the things I do today. It is a very British trait not to talk about war service too much. As well as the often painful memories, especially for someone like your Dad, I think that there is a desire to protect family and friends from the truth. I would be only too happy to answer any questions you may have.