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.
Henry Barker
Captain Henry Barker

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.