I was called up at 20, after a Medical at Knowles Road in Aldershot I had to report to The Hampshire Regiment at Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight. I arrived at Newport , Isle of Wight by train from Ryde and Hampshire N.C.O.’s were calling out “CONSCRIPTS THIS WAY”. We were bundled into Army trucks and driven to Parkhurst Barracks next to the Prison, here we were given a light lunch then paraded, to be given our Army number and all the ‘do’s and don’ts’ about the Barracks. The first day was like home, the Cooks had whites on with long hats and there were tablecloths with cutlery and plates laid out on all the tables, But oh! The next day, ‘Rough and Ready’, the Cooks were plain order and tables were bare boards with no cutlery, Plates were replaced by tins and I forgot to say instead of four Menu’s to choose from there was only one ... “Take it or leave it”. The second day, we were issued with most of our kit and what laughs, when we tried things on or put it together there was always the Sergeants and Corporals gloating, “Get a grip of yourself Son, can’t you see it goes like this?”, we didn’t know but neither did they at the start of their Army time, but you couldn’t ‘talk over the stripes on their arm’. The Parade ground Drill started in a couple of days with Drill Sergeant Batchelor , there were about 24 men to a Platoon. Then other things were Field Training, Rifle Range and P.T. All these things were cramped into eight weeks, then you went up a notch to a more senior Platoon while others came in and started where you came in. Another eight weeks, and if suitable, sent to the main Regiment. After arriving at Wincanton in Somerset I was to the Pioneer Platoon H.Q. 2/4th Hampshire Regiment and stayed there until February 1946 (Demob), mind you a few faces changed in those years, Officers, other Ranks etc. After the War there were only four of us originals of 1940. After arriving at Wincanton in Somerset I was sent to the Pioneer Platoon H.Q. 2/4th Hampshire Regiment and stayed there until February 1946 (Demob), mind you a few faces changed in those years, Officers, other Ranks etc. After the War there were only four of us originals of 1940. I travelled quite a bit, Hitchen , Milsted, Broadstairs, St Nicholas-on-Wade, Buckhurst Hill and Shorncliffe. That concludes my War days at home. More to follow ... when we set sail from Gourock in Scotland on 7th Jan 1943 the boat being an ex Argentine meat carrier ‘The Orbita’. In the photo my Dad, Phil is in the middle row, third from left. In the back row far left is Wilf Dixon, the ex Arsenal Footballer. In the second photo taken at Wincanton, my Dad is middle, front.