I joined the 59th in 1941 after being wounded while
serving with the 44th Tank Regiment having joined the 6th
Gloucesters in 1938 and being turned into a tank battalion. I was eventually
invalided out in 1944.
I was a D&M instructor at Barnard Castle and we trained chaps over a
period of about six weeks. Men were
taught to drive in 2½ days and four weeks later taught to drive Churchills and
7-ton armoured cars with hazardous powered steering -- also in 2½ days.
feature of the social life was the LIX Chronicles edited by a colleague,
Russell Mallet, a civvy street school teacher. The 59th
was used as a base for other operations and we had a wide range of civvy street
Maybe this email might be seen by some who
still with us.