Born Liverpool 18th August,1925
1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers
Lucknow, India 1945 - 1946
|Bill Paton was conscripted into the Royal
Navy on the 22nd November 1943 and undertook his basic naval
training at HMS Ganges at Shotley, Near Harwich where he remained
until the 29th April, 1944. He then moved to HMS Pembroke. In
early August 1944 the War Office asked for volunteers to join
a ' Special Forces' Unit that was being formed for unspecified
duties. Because the training was to be undertaken in Huyton,
Liverpool, Bill's home town, he volunteered simply so he could
return to Liverpool. It turned out that the ' Special Forces'
Unit was something of a inducement for men to transfer to the
Army and on the 24th August, 1944 Bill was transferred to the
Army and given regimental number 14994566.
Bill began infantry training firstly at Huyton where as it turned
out he remained for only two weeks, and then he was sent to
McGilligan Point in Northern Ireland to complete his training.
In early December 1944 he was sent on embarkation leave and
on the 1st January, 1945 at the stroke of midnight, New Years
Eve, he sailed from Liverpool en route India on the French Troop
Ship Felix Roussel to join the 1st Battalion The Lancashire
Fusiliers who were at that time were stationed at Campbell Lines,
Lucknow. Bill recalls that the ship which had been built in
Marseille in 1940, had been seized by British Forces at Port
Said to be used as a troop ship by the Bibby Line.
By a quirk of coincidence Bill's father had worked on the Felix
Rousell for six months, when in charge of the ships painters
during a refit at the Harland and Wolf Ship Yard in Liverpool.
Bill's voyage out to India took 33 days, travelling via Gibraltar,
the Mediterranean and Malta where they stayed for five days.
It was then onto Port Said, through the Suez Canal to Aden and
then across the Indian Ocean to Bombay. This was followed by
a lengthy train journey to Lucknow.
Bill remained with the Battalion until September, 1946 and throughout
his time in India worked in the MT section under
Captain J. Warr. Bill recalls well the legendary RSM 'Kitna'
Whilst in India, Bill travelled to Bombay in July, 1945 and
appeared in a " Calling Blighty " Film that was shot
at the Royal Studios.
The film was shown to relatives and friends back in Liverpool.
In September, 1946 Bill returned to the UK onboard a P&O
Ship and after disembarking at Southampton went on 28 days leave.
Thereafter he found himself based in Aldershot at the DSM DSU
Bill was finally demobbed himself in September , 1947
Click on the photos the enlarge them
In Photos 1 and 2 Bill can not remember their
names can you help
to go to the rest of Bill Paton's Photo
to go to( A Short Guide to Great Britain......The American
it some 60 odd years later and out of context of the time,
it 's very funny in parts......if not very patronising!
Health Memoranda For British Troops in the Tropics
sorry pages 11 to 14 are missing