A photo album can provide an interesting insight into aspects of a family's history but often they can benefit from more context.  I have in my possession an album of photographs, taken by my grandad, John Henry Neston SLADE,  whilst serving in Palestine and Egypt in 1937 and 1938.

I was interested in his service history so obtained a copy from the Army Personnel Centre.  I was surprised at the quantity of photocopied information that I received although much of it is repetitive and a lot of it is very difficult to decipher due to bad handwriting and use of military abbreviations.

He appears to have initially joined the Hampshire Regiment in 1918 but was then released in 1919 to complete his apprenticeship as a marine fitter with Samuel Whites in Cowes, Isle of Wight.  In 1921 at the age of 21, he signed up again with the Royal Army Service Corps.  He was subsequently posted to various army bases around the UK, and in 1937 was posted to the Middle East.  He embarked at Southampton in HMT(?) Somersetshire on 30th March 1937 and arrived at Port Said on 11th April and seems to have been based in Haifa.  On 26th November 1937 he was posted to Egypt but "Embarked at Alexandria per SS Varna for Palestine" 13-16th October 1938.  On 3rd April 1939 he "Proceeded to Egypt by Rail".

At the beginning of WW2 he remained in Egypt but the family were moved by ship down to Durban in South Africa after the Italians began bombing Cairo.  My dad (James Henry SLADE) was about 6 at the time and remembered seeing the first air raids.

Here are scans of the pages of his album.  Use the download buttons to get the highest resolution versions of the images.