Troops Out (1936-7)

Bill arrives in France at the start of the period known as the Phoney War.

After about a two hour wait we boarded our ship, an Isle of Man steam packet called Manxman.


He is placed on general guard duty at the French / Belgium borders and works and a Navvy for the Royal Engineers, settling into a ‘limbo’ existence.  In 1937 he and his fellow men are visited by the King, then the Prime Minister and also the Duke of Gloucester.  By February 1940 the Phoney War starts to ‘hot up’ and things start to become very serious.