I'm wondering if anyone can shed further light on my grandfather's time during WW2, his name was Arnold Mountford and he was living in Staffordshire. I was recently given a family photo album he had compiled of his time in Egypt and various other places in the Middle East between 1944 and 1947. He was apparently a Captain, and from his photos I gathered that he had a permanent office in Cairo (I'm guessing either B.T.E or GHQ ME). Whilst trying to research this period in his life I found an undated photograph of him in regular British Army uniform standing amid rubble, the photo is simply titled 'Cassino'. Looking into the history of Anzio/Cassino I can only draw the conclusion that he was in the North Staffordshire Regiment, and likely the 2nd Battalion - but I've not yet found anything conclusive. Seeing action in Anzio/Cassino would fill a gap between late 1943 and April 1944 that is unaccounted for. According to Forces War Records the only A.Mountford who served in Italy was a Corporal with the Royal Corps of Signals. I'm guessing he was possibly promoted and moved out of Italy to Cairo a few months ahead of the rest of the Battalion. Arnold died in 1990. Other than some anecdotes about keeping Churchill entertained during a sea crossing/delivering messages to a ship Churchill was on he was very tight-lipped about anything that had happened during the war, I didn't even know he'd been in Italy. My father recalls finding a 'gets you anywhere' pass in one of my grandfather's jacket pockets, apparently signed by General Alexander. It would be great to get to the bottom of what he was actually doing for all those years!