1943 With Survey Regiment in Cromer.
April - Embarked Liverpool as Captain in Royal Artillery
and sailed on the Britannic "a great liner and
cheap drinks". Had no idea where he was going but
guessed it was 8th Army in N. Africa.
May - Stuck in Capetown the Britannic having broken
down earlier in mid Atlantic.
May/June - Embarked troopship and still not told destination.
Studied compass after passing the Cape of Good Hope
and found they were heading for Bombay (India).
Summer - Regiment in transit camp at Deolali (India).
(This had been a mental home and this is where the word
"doolally" comes from.). Troops had to take
Mepacrin every day against Malaria (everyone turned
yellow), and salt tablets as it was so hot and humid.
Derek's speech (Flash movie)
Audio Interview with Derek Parsons, with Susan Moores, recollecting his memories of WW2 (mp3)