Like many veterans returning from the war, especially like my grandfather who served in North Africa, Italy and Burma, information after the war was sparse. There were stories about an office who liked to carry a mortar on his hip, having to swap out the barrels of Sterling machine guns when they overheated, and collecting coffee cans to fill with paraffin to put your bed legs in to stop you being eaten alive in your sleep by bugs. Sadly nothing more concrete. So now that it is too late to ask my grandfather directly, I am looking to find out what I can about his service and what made him the man i knew. The first thing that gets me is I cannot see the gentle, quiet man I knew as a Warrant Officer - shouting and square bashing are the last things I imaging him doing - yet I have a photo of him in Africa(?) in uniform carrying a pace stick. I am writing this as a start to my journey to know more about my ancestor - the man after whom I named my son. WO2 Stanley Arkwright from Wigan. Any help would be appreciated.