Hello! Im trying to work out my Grandfathers journey with the 1st Battalion Royal Hampshires. I know that he trained at Parkhurst (Albany barracks) on the Isle of wight on 5th Jan 1940 According to a newspaper clipping : Private Jarrett went to Egypt in August and took part in General Wavell's first middle East "push" and then transferred to Malta. He remained throughout the assault and then was attached to the forces which carried out the invasion of Sciliy and a battle in the vicinity of Mount Etna. He was then again with the Eight Army when the landing of the Calabrian Coast of italy was carried out." Questions I have are How long was training. I thought it was 6 weeks. Where would he have been before Egypt in august? Where would he had landed in Egypt and what was middle east 'push'? is this documented? Did this unit also go to Palestine? Where the 1st battalion part of Operation Baytown in the Calabrian Coast? Any other helpful articles or info would be amazing! Thanks! Stephen ?