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My Service Life


Bill Balmer 

1939 - 1979



Royal Marine's Kit Inspection 1939


Chapter 1 - My Early Life

Chapter 2 - Joining The Royal Marines

Chapter 3 - World War Two

Chapter 4 - Prisoner of War

Chapter 5 - Prisoner of War Camps

Chapter 6 - Labour Camps

Chapter 7 - Liberation

Chapter 8 - The Return to England

Chapter 9 - Back to Chatham

Chapter 10 - Commando Training

Chapter 11 - Malaya

Chapter 12 - The B Specials

Chapter 13 - The Notes on The Book

Last Update : July 24 2008

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