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Robert was born in Agra, India 5/2/1921. His parents, Thomas (a lifetime soldier from 1915 in the 103rd Bty. R.F.A. Agra) & Dorothy Friend, returned to Britain in July 1921.
After completing schooling at Pembroke Docks Bob was despatched to Delhi, India on 1/10/1936 to train as a soldier. In 1938 the strength of the Indian Army was around 1.3 million troops and British 16,00. A typical Indian army division would comprise 3 brigades being one British and two Indian battalions.

 

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Robert William Friend 6458484 1/7 (City London Regiment) Royal Fusiliers