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