Here's a little project I've been pondering. There are a number of separate threads, feel free to pull on any that you can. I've finally got my hands on a photo album bought at auction last year. Provenance is hazy, but it appears to belong to the man mentioned above: Gnr. Reg (presumably 'Reginald') Doggett. The point of interest to me is that this man served with 26 Field Regt R.A. in TAMPIN (Malaya) in the early 1950s and the collection shows a number of pictures of his and his comrades' lives in camp and in the jungle. As some of you might recall, my grandfather served with 25 Field Regt and his field battery, 54 (Maharajapore) Bty was attached to 26 Field Regt during this period. The images are very small, but the resolution is good, so they 'blow up' quite well. Here's two for flavour: Tipped in with the album came a few articles of paperwork and some photographs of relatives, but also a few separate images of our man. The surprise to me (the collection was described as 'Malaya') was that the album stretched beyond the regiment's stint in the Far East and into their time in HOMS (Syria) and later Egypt. It looks as though Gnr. Doggett was transferred to the reserve (and left the army) on 5 Sept 1952. I have both regimental and battery diaries for this post-war period, but this man features in none of them. When onboard the Empire Trooper: The tantalising part is that tucked into the final page are some images from an earlier period, one, as you can see, sent to his parents from STALAG XVIII A, which suggests two possibilities: either there is an earlier period of his service about which I know nothing (a period during the Second World War), or he worked there in the period 1945-48, during which it was run by British occupation forces as an internment camp for Nazis and war criminals. See: Stalag XVIII-A - Wikipedia I'm erring towards option one as the camp was renamed Camp 373, but there's the possibility that this was sent very soon after the war, I suppose. Perhaps I'm wrong, but if I were taking photographs, I wouldn't pick that one to send home to Mum; I'd guess he was a prisoner. There is a code of some kind and a stamp, neither of which mean anything to me; I'd be grateful if anybody could shed some light. Confusingly, the page at which the setting changes from Malaya to North Africa and the Middle-East bears the inscription (I think): "I have been here so long that is feels like home"--In German!? Could he have learnt a little of the language while in captivity, or is this a famous quotation of which I am unaware? Does Doggett feature in any PW lists? FRONT: BACK: Finally, as a complete sideline, one of Reg Doggett's friends or relatives seems to have been an RAF man (I think). There are two or three images of him in uniform examining Luftwaffe wreckage (in the UK?). Is anybody able to add anything about him (or the aeroplane in which he is posing)? Detail: (I know nothing about RAF uniforms--what do his patches denote?) Thanks in advance, fellow detectives. "Charley"