Speaker: Sheppard, Alan, 1918 - 0, Interviewee, Male, Soldier
Speaker: Hyde, C, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Sketches progress to Hadera, [then Palestine, now Israel] via France with Somerset Yeomanry at outbreak of Second World War. Anecdotes of horses getting loose, reacting badly to sight of camels. Recalls burning bugs out of bedding at Officer Corps Training Unit near River Nile, where joined Leicester Regiment as liked Dougie Dalgleish. Brief impression of Palestine. Describes situation when posted to Tobruk, sketches journey through Egypt to Syria, then to Ceylon [Sri Lanka]. Describes situation in north east of Ceylon, jungle training, sport, local hospitality. Describes move to India under command of Wingate, thumbnail sketch of Colonel Wilkinson, anecdote of previous officer reprimanded after setting up officers' mess in jungle. Repeats some of above information, describes rations while in Ceylon. Describes entering jungle in Burma, precautions taken, action against Japanese, situation when Wingate died, treatment for malaria. Outlines move to Germany at Iserlohn, Westphalia. Mention of pre-war soldiers in India living in camps separate from towns, Bangalore having clubs.
Place of birth: London
Marital Status: Widowed, Children:
Father's Occupation: Soldier
Periods Covered: 1940s
Recording Date: 23/6/2005
Playing time: 2 hrs 29 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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