Edinburgh at War





George Smith

Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Thank you to George Smith who for sending this message on the weekend of Armistice Day, 2012.

George wrote:

585 Field Squadron

Royal Engineers (TA)

"Remembrance Day has brought many recollections to our local papers and stirred my memories too.

My father was a Sergeant Major in 585 Field Squadron Royal Engineers (TA) who met at premises at 28 York PlaceI attended several Christmas parties there, pre-war.

I remember attending some sort of summer exercise at about age 5, where I was allowed to use a field telephone.  It was my first experience of a telephone as they were rare in domestic use in the mid-1930s.

The squadron was called up just before WWII was declared; their first base was Inchkeith.  I don't know what their duties were there or subsequently as they moved around the UK.  I believe they saw service in North Africa after 1943.

I wonder if anyone has knowledge of the service record of this small band of brothers?"

George Smith, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada:  November 10, 2012


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