Bound ts memoirs (15pp) written by Major Geoffrey William Bird MBE of the 1/4th Battalion, Royal Hampshire Regiment (written in 2014), titled 'An unintentional soldier', describing his experiences from enlisting in 1940 to serving in Italy 1943 and Greece from 1944. Bird grew up in Portsmouth as part of a naval family. He applied to join the Royal Navy in February 1940, however his eyesight was not good enough, so he joined the Army instead. He was enlisted into C Company of the 1/4th Battalion, Royal Hampshire Regiment as a Private. He describes in detail his experiences of basic training and was soon assigned to the Headquarter Company as a clerk. He recounts how in May 1940 he was nominated for Officer Cadet Training, which included being interviewed by Brigadier (later Lt. General) Boy Browning. He then describes being assigned to the 163rd Officer Cadet Training Unit, the Artists Rifles for officer training. They were stationed to defend Folkestone Harbour as well as RAF Hawkinge and regularly engaged low flying German aircraft. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in November 1940 and returned to the Royal Hampshire's. He was posted to the Regimental Training Depot on the Isle of Wight, where he was trained in signals, mortars and anti-tank rifles. The battalion was then deployed to Egypt in March 1941 and Bird describes in detail the long journey via South Africa. He was given command of the Mortar Wing at the I.B.D. Special School. He soon also took over anti-tank training. He describes the day he was promoted to Major (as a field commission) and took command of the training school. After the defeat of Axis forces in North Africa, the training school was closed down and Bird was posted back to his old battalion in the Royal Hampshire's. They had recently crossed the Garigliano in Italy and Bird was assigned to C Company as 2 I/C at his original rank of Captain. He describes the experience of going into combat against heavily defended German positions and the casualties caused by mortar and artillery fire. He also recalls encountering Italian civilians trapped between the lines. He was later promoted back to the rank of Major and took command of D Company. He describes efforts to breach the Gothic Line, before taking command of C Company. During this time he was injured in a road accident and spend a period in hospital. Then in December 1944, the 1/4th Battalion was transferred to Greece to combat a growing Communist insurgency. C Company patrolled much of the Peloponnese. They organised a ball for locals as part of a PR exercise and celebrated Greek Independence Day in March 1945. The battalion then moved back to Italy and advanced as far as Forli when the war ended in May 1945. 3 photograph prints of Major Bird dated November 1940 and 2017. 1 copy of 'Shellfire memories : some reminiscences of East Kent 1938-1945'.