One of mine was a motor mechanic before and after the war; he served with the South African Brigade, but returned to the UK after the war (my grandmother couldn't stand her mother-in-law
). He became some kind of handyman at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh (don't know what he thought about _his_ mother-in-law!).
The other was an apprentice electrician when he was called up; he joined the Navy, and served on anti-submarine trawlers out of Queenstown in Ireland. Stayed in the same line of work after the war (for a firm that made asbestos - amazingly, he was 90 when he died, so he couldn't have breathed in much at work
). His uncle was a carrier in Eccles with his own horse and cart, and served as an artillery driver.