"Memories of the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers WWII" is an intriguing insight into a side of wartime that's not often remembered, that perhaps fades in the shadow of heroics, but we should be reminded that without the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers the machinery of war would have ground to a halt. Though conflict brings heartache and tragedy Sylvester's memoirs remind us that true friendship, spirit and a sense of humour can survive the greatest atrocities of war.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Basic Training 1Chapter 2 Embarkation 35Chapter 3 Durban 46Chapter 4 Further Troopship Experiences 48Chapter 5 Iraq 57Chapter 6 Humour in Uniform 63Chapter 7 Further Snapshots of Iraq 78Chapter 8 On to Egypt 100Chapter 9 On Leave to Old Blighty 109Chapter 10 Terrorists 114Chapter 11 Demob 124AppendicesI Description of Britannic III 139II Description of Felix Roussel 142III Description of Cap St Jacques 143
Sylvester Till was bought up in Freckleton and conscripted into the army in 1939. He was placed with what was then the Royal Army Ordinance Corps, which became the REME in 1941.He served in the REME until his demob in 1946, returning to Freckleton, where he then married a local girl, and went back to his old job at KV Burlingham Caravans, where he was employed as a vehicle builder before his conscription. Although now widowed, he still lives in Freckleton.