1947 Battle soldiers meet in far-away places 1948
(My dad recounts the memories of his time in Palastine)
The war in Europe was over, but many of us younger ones had to soldier on, there was still a dangerous job to
do in the Middle East. After acclimatizing in Egypt, we were assigned to keeping the peace in Palestine. As it
turned out, I wasn't the only soldier from Battle in the Holy Lands. I was very lucky, and extremely surprised, to
meet several lads from my home town. We all shared the same teachers at "The Battle and Langton School" in
I shall never forget that Michael seriously injured my leg with a spade in 1939 when we were digging Air-Raid
shelters for the school in an adjacent field. I still have the scar.
I met Godfrey Lade (left) in a British military
Leave Camp named "Golden Sands", in
(A tented camp, long before today's Holiday
Hotels were built) We had both chosen to take
leave from various parts of the Middle-East at the
same time. I didn't even know that he was in
Palestine. Godfrey was serving with the 4/7th.
Dragoon Guards, and, on release found
employment with Till's Ironmongers in Battle High
Street, where he worked for many years.
I met Michael Poole (left) at Mount
Scopus Camp in Jerusalem. He was just
visiting the Holy City with his company
of Grenadier Guards. How he knew that
I was on Mount Scopus I cannot
I was operating the Irish Guards
Military Exchange switchboard in an old
Nissen Hut, and suddenly, there he
was, in the doorway, and I couldn't
believe my eyes.