Hello - my name is Laz, I am new to these forums! When I was young, I lost both my parents, and I was raised by my Grandparents, and so therefore got to experience what wonderful people they were first hand, and also hear the amazing stories they had to tell, particularly about the wartime period. My grandmother Lilian is still alive, though my Grandfather passed away a few years ago now. I’m in my 30s, and realise I regret having the foresight to capture more of my grandfathers stories on paper, so therefore am going to undertake as much research about him as possible, merge it whatever stories I can remember and my uncle (his son) remembers, and put together a book, or short story. I’ll look to sit with my nan and capture her stories as much as possible whilst she’s still here too. So, my Grandfather was: Ronald Leach, (known as ‘Lofty’ to his comrades as he was 6’2), and part of the REME worshops 231 Brigade. He was part of the DDay landings and I know his path took him through places like Nijmegen. I’ll do some further research to find out his service number etc. Firstly, I hope this is the correct way to introduce myself to the forums, and secondly, hopefully, I can get some guidance on how to do further research and find out more!