well Tom the thought that I had a cousin was a bit of a surprise-you are right that few things shock judges. My ability to be a judge and making free decisions is because JB, AB and people such as yourself served in the war and freedom won! I hope that the citation referring to a tank commander being wounded in April 1945 is true because the SS guy who caused my father such pain for 44 years was shot. BUT he made the very best of his life-never a victim. Now to Bovington-I live 2 hours drive from there. Should I arrange to go there to see records rather than write to request them?