I've been trying to find out more about what my late Grandad done during the war. He died in 1997 aged 75. All I know is he was a Gunner in the Royal Artillery, and based on Gibralta for a period of time.
My dad says he didn't really talk much about his time in the army, apart from the odd story here and there (mainly humourous ones)
One involved grandad opening his AA Gun on incoming American aircraft. He wasn't a fan of 'the Yanks' (sorry guys), and Dad tells me he always used to laugh uncontrolably when telling this story.
Anyway, one evening the Americans were coming in, and unfortunatly for them, they got the light signal slightly wrong! Although grandad and his mates knew they were American aircraft, they opened up on them anyway! Obviously they didn't intend on shooting them down.... they just thought it'd be funny to frighten the living daylight out of them! Grandad said they dropped their wing, and scarpered! Much to the British lads merryment!
Anyway, I've applied for Grandads service records to find out a bit more information. Sadly no one in the family knows anything about his medals... nor has anyone ever seen any, which leads me to believe that he didn't request them after the war. I've sent off the appropriate forms to the UK medal office to establish if he did or not.
Being on Gibralta, would he have been awarded the Africa Star?
I'm also considering looking into Grandads brothers army life. All I know about him is he once stood guard over Rudolph Hess! He never married, or had children so I'm not sure how difficult it would be to obtain his records from the MOD