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Re(1): Leave From India
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Good Afternoon Debbie.
If he was stationed in India with the LF's in 1938 then he was 1LF. Between 1936 and 1938 1LF were in China. 1LF were in India on the outbreak of WW2 and later went on to form part of the legendary Chindits who fought with such bravery in Burma. 1LF returned to the UK in 1948 having been ' overseas ' for some 12 years!
Pre war it was normal practice for annual leave to have been taken locally. Although not unheard of it would be unusual for annual leave to have been taken back in the UK. That said once having completed 2 years service in India and without having taken leave already it was possible to apply for home leave but very unlikely to be granted during the war? Again it would not normally be shown on a Service Record. I stand to be corrected.
The following is an extract from the feature page of Ronnie Turner who served with 1LF in India but he was post WW2.

Home Leave Request

Home Leave was for those who had been in India just coming up to two years. Once over 2 years service (and not having had leave)
you had to wait for demob. I had been in India for one year and eleven months and was getting desperate for some home leave.
'A' Company Commander said I would have to go on CO's Orders, which I did. The soldier next to me on CO's Orders was a cook,
overweight and very nervous. Kitna came to inspect us and make sure that we knew the proper drill. When he came to the cook
he could see that he was nervous, beads of sweat were rolling off him. Kitna assured the cook that he would be alright and not to worry.
Kitna went to the rear telling each and everyone "Get your haircut!!" He then stood behind the cook.
He shouted as loud as he could in the cook's ear
"STAND STILL!!!!"
I always admired and respected Kitna apart from the fact I was frightened to death of him, but on this occasion he went over the top.

When I was eventually marched into the CO's Office all I said was" I want to go on home leave Sir". He said to the officer by his side,
"See that this man goes home on leave". When the list went up on the Notice Board, Fusilier R.P. Turner's name was at the top of the list!
The rest were in alphabetical order. I had a month traveling home, a month at home and a month coming back……..great!


Geoff Pycroft
Researcher
LF Web Site


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