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Donald Francis Pyle Recollections 17 Jul 2020

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Date: About 1939 to about 1991
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These are my recollections; some of the information will probably require verifying.

I regret that I have lost contact with my siblings.


Richard Anthony April 1939?

As I recall he was 2 years 2 months older than me. I believe he was born in Bermuda but I’m not sure of the details, or when the family returned to the UK. The timing must have been close to the out break of war. But I believe it is correct as I seem to remember there was some issue with his nationality when he enlisted in the army.

Donald Francis born 10 June 1941 Place of birth Taunton Somerset

Catherine. Not sure of her DoB. Place of birth: Ismailiya Garrison, Egypt

My earliest memory was being on a troop ship on route to Egypt.

I assume my father never returned from North Africa after the war ended and we went to join him in Egypt.

After returning from Egypt we lived in several different military bases, the last being the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley Abbey, Hants. On retiring from the Army we settled in Netley Abbey. Southampton. Not sure of when he retired. Probably around 1950/52. He was a Sgt in the Royal Army Medical Corps, I have a number which I assume was his service number (3592895). I have tried to find him on the internet with no success.

On retirement my father still worked at the RVH as a War Department gate keeper. (There is a photograph of him in uniform at the gate). He had several other occupations working as a milkman (complete with horse and cart and often with me). Also as a bus conductor.

He also was an In-Pensioner at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea for a while. In-pensioners are servicemen who have served on pensionable engagements and live at the hospital and forgo their pension. Out-pensioners live normally in the general community. You may be able to get some information firm the RH, I can’t give you any definite dates, but I was working in London between Mar 87 and Mar 91 so it would be in this time frame.

On leaving school, at 15, I enlisted in RAF as a Boy Entrant in Oct 1956. And I never really had very much contact with home after graduation as I was never stationed near to home. Pre mobiles and private telephones were a rarity.

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