This mug shot on his military identity card represents the toll that six years of army wartime service and the uncertain prospects in post-war England took on Robert W. Metcalfe
Robert W. Metcalfe pictured at the Eighth Army HQ in Barletta, Italy in September 1943. Before routing the opposition in Sicily the soldiers had been sleeping in holes dug in the ground to shield them from direct air attack.
As Western Counties Battalion Commander at the Infantry Training Centre in Geneifa, Egypt, Robert W. Metcalfe dealt with routine items, but also things such as reviewing documents for field general courts marital.
Robert W. Metcalfe sits proudly (front row, middle, with black armband following death of King George V) as Detachment Commander, D. Company, 4th Bn. Green Howards in 1936 after winning the silver cup for a shooting competition.
On the Mareth Line in Tunisia the day before the Battle of Mareth. Left to right: Lt. Jones, Lt. Wood, Capt. Young, Captain Robert W. Metcalfe, Major Gardener (Company Commander) and Lt. Williams. March 1943.
"He fired one machine gun burst, but I think he did not detect the small red cross on the front of the ambulance. And he only fired one burst"