Re: Tomalin, Roy Ernest William (Oral history) TOMALIN, ROY ERNEST WILLIAM (ORAL HISTORY) Object description British trooper served with 24th Lancers in GB and Normandy, 1942-1944 Content description REEL 1 Background in London and Romford area, 1923-1942: family circumstances; education; membership of Romford Home Guard; German Air Force attacks on Romford-Hornchurch area; listening to Churchill and Lord Haw Haw on radio. Aspects of armoured training in GB, 1942-1943: call up 7/1942; basic training and selection for armoured unit, Isle of Wight; move to armoured training at Cove. Aspects of period with 24 Lancers in GB, 1943-1944: posting to unit at Chippenham; reaction to change from Coventanters to Sherman tanks; move to Bridlington; waterproofing of tanks; move to concentration area at Hursley Park, 5/1944. Recollections of operations with A Sqdn, 24 Lancers in Normandy, 6/1944: landing from Rhino ferry at Le Hamel, Gold Beach, 6/6/1944; naming of tank 'Appy Ampstead'; composition of crew; reaction to advancing in tank; advance on Tilly sur Seulles; German 88mm shell hit on tank and wounding, 12/6/1944; his evacuation to GB. REEL 2 Continues: Aspects of medical treatment for wounds in GB from 6/1944: character of treatment; long term medical effects of wounds; psychological effects of his experiences; attitude to having served with 24 Lancers in Normandy; problems of securing disability pension. Aspects of operations with 24 Lancers in Normandy, 6/1944: opinion of tank radios; attitude to serving in tanks; question of personal morale in action; attitude towards Germans."