Is there anyone who has advice on how to research the East Surrey Regiment 1/6th? I know the war diaries are in Kew, the leatherhead archives are meant to be good. However, I just wondered what's the best way to research the battalion online. My grandfather Joseph Charles Earley (real name Alfred Charles Earley) joined the army prior to the war, I believe this was c.1936. I knew he was with the East Surrey Regiment as part of the BEF and he retreated via Dunkirk. He was then part of torch and Monte Cassino. He got injured c. 1945 and had a shaprnel wound, this contributed to blindness in later life as he had sharpnel behind the eye. I remember the odd story he told us. He told me that the closest he came to death was when someone let off a machine gun in the barricks whilst everyone was asleep. If the bunks were in a different direction he said he would of been killed. I have read a book about the East Surrey Regiment and they seem to be in the thick of it. Ideally I would like to find the company he was in, this would the help me when I go to Kew. Thanks in advance for any help.