Hello Everyone, My Dad served in North Africa and Italy but died very young (only 54 years of age) so he never really had the opportunity to talk about it all that much. I would dearly like to flesh out what history I do know - especially if some specifics could be unearthed. One of my problems is that I can't completely make sense of his service record in the light of what I do know about his history. Dad always mentioned the 9th Queen's Royal Lancers - "A" Squadron - and I have photos of him in Italy with others from that Squadron - in fact I'll attach a great one with his handwriting on it, of him with the squadron having Christmas dinner in Italy in 1945. If anyone is interested in the photo I can email them one in a higher resolution. Where I'm a bit confused is that he definitely served in North Africa (and was awarded the Africa Star with 1st Army clasp) however he was not posted to the 9th Lancers until 11.11.44 which was when they were already in Italy. Prior to the 9th Lancers he had been with the 16/5th Lancers since 06.03.43 but those postings appear to be domestic, although I may be reading them incorrectly. I'm not sure how his North Africa service fits in with that. His service record states: Posted to 16/5th Lancers 20.07.42 Posted to Garrison Base Depot 06.03.43 Posted to No1 Delivery Squadron 13.03.43 Posted to Royal Armoured Corps Training Depot 15.12.43 Posted to No1 Armoured Reinforcement Regiment 19.10.44 Posted to 9th Lancers 11.11.44 ...and subsequent entries up to his release to the Army Reserves in February 1948 I would love to hear from anyone who could enlighten me about this and help me trace his likely movements during his period of service. His name was John Lockitt on the off chance that someone out there actually served with him. Even if I could work out when he would have arrived in and departed from North Africa and then his arrival in Italy, that would be a help. Thanks in advance for any help. Keith L.