I have been inspired to return to some family stories. This is about my grandfather joining to fight in the WWII.
I have always been intrigued by the photos he took. I just realised today that these photos were taken in India on the way over.


Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 10 Value Pack (paper and compass)
Photo Stories 12x12 Layered Templates No. 01
Watery Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 07


The written section on the bottom is scanned from his military records.


The story on the facing page:
Con enlisted to serve in the Second World War in Mildura on 13th June 1940. He had already spent five years serving in the Citizen Forces at the time. His son, John was only five years old.
The following month he was taken on strength and transferred to the 3rd Engineers Training Depot, then to Army training base in Seymour, and by November to Puckapunyal where he was trained as a Royal Australian Engineers (RAE). The RAE are responsible for major construction activities like building bridges, constructing buildings, making roads and drains and the like. But because the Army is in the business of constructing and destroying, the engineers also have the task of destroying obstacles and other impediments to the operations of the Army. They also have the responsibility of bomb disposal and other such activities.
He progressed to Acting Lance Corporal and then to Acting Corporal before embarking on the 15th February 1941 with the 2/16 Field Company to travel to Bombay where they spent a couple of weeks at the Devlali (Deolali) Rest Camp. This was a British Army camp 100 miles north-east of Mumbai (then called Bombay) where where soldiers were kept before being sent to fight at the front lines. It was the setting for the first four series of the British sitcom It Aint Half Hot Mum, set in 1945. Con could not abide the tv series.