Long story - not going to bother you with all of it - but I recently found my grandfather's grave (he disappeared completely in 1952 from Newcastle - I found him in Australia). I'm now trying to build a picture of him - what sort of man he was. I have ordered a copy of his army records, which has given me a date for his whereabouts in 1953, but I don't really know much about how to start finding out anything at all from it. My grandfather was Dennis William Trinder, and I've included a link to his transcribed war record here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/212962703/Dennis-William-Trinder-War-Record I went to the National Archive and found lots of Leeds Rifles records - mostly seemed a bit dull - but I know nothing about Orkney, or Italy, or North Africa - can anybody help me with any further information about what he might have been doing? Or where to start finding out? What I don't understand is that according to the National Archive, he seems to have had a very quiet war - but he started it as a gunner and ended it as an acting captain in the military police. I have no idea about how he could go about doing this. On this site, I have found a link to a photo of the 133 OCTU, but he isn't in it. Could there be a reason for this? Anyway, thanks for your help in advance - as you can tell, I've never really researched anything military before and feel a bit lost as to how to go about it. I've attached a couple of pictures of my grandfather in uniform, looking rather dashing. Not sure if it will help, but he was very tall (6 feet 5 and a half) and apparently loved wine, women, song and 'entertainments!'