May 1942 – December 1942 59th Heavy Anti Aircraft Essex Regiment, fatherhood, and preparation for African Campaign

Dennis attended the Military University at Schrivenham from 5/9/1941 until 19/3/1942. He was posted as a cadet to 133 OCTU group. The note in his records reads “W.O.U.M. 695/ A.B.I.E. Lt 8/8/41 and RA records letter AA/60/34/695 dated 15/8/41.” WOUM refers to a note that allows an officer to wear slightly different uniform because of … Continue reading May 1942 – December 1942 59th Heavy Anti Aircraft Essex Regiment, fatherhood, and preparation for African Campaign

66th Leeds Rifles, Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment, TA, 184 battery, April 1939 until May 1942

On 20th April, 1939, Hitler’s 50th birthday, Dennis William Trinder joined the army. It was the year of the first nylon stocking, the first rocket test, and the first animal (a rabbit) conceived by artificial insemination. It was the year of the last execution by guillotine (in Paris). Britain had just signed the mutual assistance … Continue reading 66th Leeds Rifles, Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment, TA, 184 battery, April 1939 until May 1942

Dennis’ life before WW2 (December 1916-April 1939)

Dennis with (probably) his brother Geoffrey on his bike Dennis was born on 16/12/1916 at 16 Hannover Road in Willesden, Middlesex, which is part of London. His mother is Grace Lilian Ada Trinder (nee Wright) and his father is William Thomas Trinder, who works in the boot trade. They may have met through the boot … Continue reading Dennis’ life before WW2 (December 1916-April 1939)