I've been researching this chap: John Jebsen Whyley (1918-2008). The war interrupted his Law studies at Cambridge (his Solicitor father had been a JP and County Coroner for Bedfordshire). He was gazetted 2nd Lieut on. 27th July 1940 (Sandhurst). Posted to the 15/19th Hussars he then joined the newly-formed 23rd Hussars on 12 Dec 1940. Then this: He next surfaces as a Mechanic on board MS Braganza, sailing from Montevideo to Freetown to join a convoy for the U.K.. The ship caught fire on 12 Oct 1944 and sank. Whyley was one of the survivors. Could an officer simply 'jack it in' and walk away like that? Or is there more to this than meets the eye?