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Bob enlisted as a boy of 14 into the Regular Army, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) on 3rd May 1935 for a period of 9 years  with the Colours after his 18th birthday. Of course he continued as a regular soldier from 1939 until 1961.
His Army Number was 6458484.
He was barracked at Royal Fusiliers Pembroke Dock Garrison in South Wales to undertake further schooling and commence training as a soldier, with the 2nd  Bn. Royal Fusiliers. The 1 Bn was stationed in India for some time. In
1935 it was at Ahmednagar and in 1936 in Bob joined the regiment at the Delhi
He passed Army Certificate of Education 3rd class in Sep 1935 and 2nd class in April 1936 in English, Army & Empire, Map Reading, Mathematics.
Training continued at Pembroke until Robert sailed for India on 1st October 1936. His mum telegrammed a Bon Voyage message on 26/9/36.

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