Woolwich as a Way Point
My time at the Royal Artillery Depot Woolwich are important points in my National Service. In through its gates I came as a trained soldier, described in Chapter 4, and I left – having got my service in – with an honorable discharge putting the discharge papers, ration book, civilian identity card and National Insurance papers first received at Stanley Barracks to use. Countless other gunners at some point in their service had passed, like I did, through the Depot’s gates. So even if my memories are vague, my time there has significance, like it must for countless others, as a marker of time as gunner.