August 20, 1942

Carl Morrison is sounded above the knee and is sent to the Hospital ship. Cal has a wound in the arm and carries on – both Bert and I have crease wounds in the leg. To date the missing are: Officers, Dick Eldred, Col. Andrews, Aussie Stanton, Allen Turney. Men – 38 – a lot are dead but our roll is not complete.

“A” – two men dead or missing – the rest of the Squadron complete.

“B” – Charlie Page, Jack Dunlop, Spike Purdy, Bennett-dead, Braithup, Wallace, Lambert missing

“C” – Glenn, Valentine, Douglas Patterson – missing. Tommy Cornett, dead. 78 men missing or dead.

It is terrible here today – all these men gone, for what purpose? Twenty-eight tanks lost.


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About Rob Alexander

I am a writer, photographer and historian and the author of The History of Canmore, published by Summerthought Publishing of Banff, AB.

4 responses to “August 20, 1942”

  1. Kevin Smith says :

    Amazing stuff. Posting the diary entries on the actual dates of the events lends a sense of immediacy to this that is truly disturbing. I hope that you will continue to post the entries throughout 1943 when the regiment was fighting in italy. My sister-in-law’s father was in the regiment (A company, never landed at Dieppe) and it would be great to read about some more of the events that he experienced, from Doc Alexander’s viewpoint.

    • Rob Alexander says :

      Hi Kevin,
      Doc Alexander was involved in the invasion of Sicily and Italy and I’ll be posting those journal entries next year and they offer the immediacy of the Dieppe journal. Thanks for reading and your perceptive comments.

  2. Rose says :

    This clutches at the heart Rob.

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