He joined 1st Battalion on the 27th July 1940 arriving with a draft at Driffield in Yorkshire and was posted to "B" Company.
Capt Murry Brown was the Company commander and Capt Philips second in Command.
It was at this time he met and became good friends with "Owain Dick Fiddament" L/Cpl 5772910. Fiddy had a quick wit which went with his sense of humor and patter,
While playing brag, dad was nicknamed "Shirley Temple" this was not meant In any way as an affront to his masculinity, due to a cold, dad had a very deep base voice, it was how they were and how there carried on.
Posted to Hessle near Hull. Fred was billeted upstairs at 140 Hessle road, with Fiddy, W.Mathewson (TOJO), Alfie Clements, and C/Sgt Collett.
Christmas of 1940 saw them having dinner with the officers and the occasional visit to the Beehive pub was not unknown.
More Training and antics continued at Fairfield, one particular night dad and Fiddy were on night base patrol; one of their duties was to light the soya stoves and wake the cooks at about 3am. They were having trouble as it was wet and of course very dark, which one had the bright idea to use some petrol?
The story goes there was civilian petrol, which was red and aviation fuel, which was blue, it all looked the same in the darkness, but when the match went in the chimney blew off!
"No need to wake the cooks now", someone shouting "and turn that bloody light off". Talk about being in the cookhouse.