Today's theme - Military Service Training
I did send away (at some cost) for Dad's service record, but it proved to be a disappointing contribution to this story, being little more than a list of dates and meaningless abbreviations. As the covering letter said "The record was compiled at the time of his service and contains very little detail of his postings and movements".
Early in 1941 I went on an NCO's course lasting five weeks at Filey and came second in all tests out of the 145 taking part. I moved to Morecombe taking over a squadron which led to me being considered for the Special Branch. I took and passed various exams, but lost out in the end on account of my height.
I was invited to join the Codes and Ciphers Branch. This resulted in me taking another course at a cipher school in Worcester. On completing it I was posted to Ministry of Defence in King Charles Street, Whitehall (next to Downing Street).