|Captain Henry Barker of 1st Battalion, the Queen's Royal Regiment, recalls how he came to join the army in the 1930s despite being under age.|
Well I decided to join the Army, I was only 15. I went to Whitehall which was the central recruiting office at that particular time. I walked up the steps and the Sergeant said, "how old are you boy", so I said "15", he said, "well walk down those steps, walk round the block and come back 18", and that day I became 6084446 Private H A Barker of the Queen's, at 15, and I was 16 when I went to China. I did thirty years, glorious years, and retired when I was 45.
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