Hi there I am new to here and am researching my father's wartime experience. He passed on a few years ago, but never really related much about his time. I know :- He volunteered when underage in 1939 (about 16) with a close friend (the friend was to be conscripted). This was in Croydon I believe? Initially he was admitted to hospital with an ingrowing toenail, so he and his pal never ended up serving together. I believe he may have served defending in the UK prior to overseas service. He had something to do with signals, but don't know much else. I know he spent time in Egypt, and was de-mobilised at the end of the war from Italy. He spent a lot of time with a Family in Figline Valdarno just outside Florence (the Dias - spelling may not be correct). He had thought of de-mobilising to this location, but came home to the Croydon Area. I have recently found out from older surviving relatives that at one time he was relaying information back from far forward (near or possibly even behind enemy lines) for the gunners who were trying to dislodge German troops. He apparantly had nighmares about the devastation of the german trrops for many years afterwards. I have applied for his service record, but with no Service Number and knowing he lied about his DOB (maybe gave other false details?) I am not sure if they will be able to trace him. Interested to know when and where he was over the years. Any assistance appreciated.