Bob Laurie

Life in Europe / My Dad the Hero

By David Taft

Bob Laurie
Gordon Robert Laurie

Driver, 6th Armoured Division, Royal Army Service Corps.

Served:

February 1942 to January 1947

North Africa; Italy (Cassino)

Photo:Royal Army Service Corps

Royal Army Service Corps

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo:Royal Army Service Corps

Royal Army Service Corps

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo:Royal Army Service Corps

Royal Army Service Corps

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Audio transcripts
Transcript for 'Algiers and then on to Italy':

We landed in Algiers. Shipped over from Scotland. It took five days to get there and got bombed to blazes by the aircraft. We got put into a pig sty, there was no were else to sleep. We were all huddled up trying to keep warm with our great coats over us. I was there, what, five months, I suppose until the end of the campaign and then went over to Italy. I was at Cassino [Italy] for months. Laying smoke screens we were. It came to a stalemate. There was a big dip down there and down in dip were loads of troops being killed. But you couldn't go down there, only at night time. So we used to lay smoke screens and you'd go down there and bring a couple of your old friends up. But what finished up there was a thousand bomber raid. A thousand came over. It was a horrible place. I was with the Grenadier Guards then.

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