Archive | February 2013

Feb. 26, 1943

Jim and I took the radio back to Seaford and took two boxes of books, one belonging to Freddie Jenner and one to myself – up to Alfriston and packed them away in Mr. Jenner’s carpenter shop.

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Feb. 24, 1943

Everything packed up in readiness for move out to ranges near Eastbourne tomorrow. We will be there for four days – then will return here for a day or so, and then start out on “Spartan,” a three-week scheme. Am going down to Spofforth’s tonight.

In Robert Burns' garden. Alexander family collection.

In Robert Burns’ garden. Alexander family collection.

Feb. 20 & 22, 1943

Feb. 20 – 7 p.m., all dressed and beautiful – John and I are going out to Findon to dinner this evening. Next week we go out on a short scheme near Eastbourne. A week from tomorrow we start on Spartan and expect to be gone about one month.

Feb. 22 – A beautiful day today, we have been terribly busy, getting first aid equipment put in all the Tanks. This afternoon we worked on water poisons all afternoon – tomorrow we take a brush up on map reading. Stoney Richardson left for Brigade today.

Feb. 18 & 19, 1943

Feb. 18 Quite a lot of mail and pictures from home today; have been inoculating all day and tired tonight. Had new orders meeting about the scheme “Spartan” tonight. On Wednesday night John told me about the possibility of his replacement due to age. I may get a bump in the neck myself.

Feb. 19 Terribly foggy this morning. Stoney Richardson leaves us for Brigade on Monday. One more of the old boys gone…

Stoney Richardson. Alexander family collection.

Stoney Richardson. Alexander family collection.

 

Feb. 15, 16 & 17, 1943 – Start of Diary No. 2, Feb. 15 – May 20, 1944

Doc Alexander, left, and John Begg. A military censor painted over Doc Alexander's regimental badges with red paint.

Doc Alexander, left, and John Begg. A military censor painted over Doc Alexander’s regimental badges with red paint.

Feb. 15 Opening new diary today. Am sending old one home by Jack Hesson. It seems like parting with an old friend, but will feel much better to have it at home. Will send the parcel up to Hess by Ed Brown.

Feb. 16 Ed and his Unit arrived at 10 a.m. and gave a lecture on mines –  then after lunch all went out to Kingston, just north of Shoreham for combined demonstration. It was excellent. One of his men wounded by shrapnel. After the show he came back to RAP (Regimental Aid Post) and we went up to the Mess for dinner. Got a phone call from Horley and Marje Florendine saying she would arrive in Worthing at 9:30. Ed and I met her at the train and after a light lunch – she and I went up to the Mess where John B., Stoney, Poop, Dave, Charbonneau, Hank, Edmonds, Bob Taylor and I proceeded to entertain her. I am just on my way to sick parade.

Feb. 17 After sick parade will go and meet Marje – she will ride in a Tank etc. and have lunch in the mess. John took Marje for a ride in a Tank, after which we went to the Mess for lunch – then took some snaps and drove her down to the train. Tonight is the Sgt.’s dance – partners provided sight unseen. I am all beautiful waiting to see what the fates drop in my lap. Bert Rutledge and Dick Freeman lands the picking of a partner for me so here’s hoping. Later – no luck – neither John nor I had a partner, but we enjoyed ourselves never the less.

Feb. 14 & 15, 1943 – End of Diary 1

We drove up to 14th Can Gen Hosp at Holley to see Ness – who is in bed with arthritis. He has been boarded “E” and will be leaving for Canada soon. Also Gordon Duncan who has just recently joined the staff, we then drove down to Ed’s Mess, had supper and then drove home.

Feb. 15 Annual innoculation of B squadron this morning, and H.Q. Squadron this afternoon. Don’t know just when I will manage to get the other two squadrons.

10 p.m. am getting the things together to send home by Hess. Wish I could climb in with them to go too. I want Muriel to have this book as a souvenir and a brief running account of my first two year’s experience in the Army. It’s like parting with an old friend to part with this book, but from here I carry on in another diary which I hope to carry home with me. Thus endeth Volume 1. I hope you will enjoy reading it and perhaps get some idea of my thoughts and actions during all these months. Please take awfully good care of this as I prize it very, very highly and shall look forward to spending many happy hours with it when I return.

L.G. and Muriel Alexander

L.G. and Muriel Alexander

Back row: padre, Clint Richardson, Dick Eldred, Freddy JennerFront row: John Begg, The M.O., Major Mac, George Valentine

Back row: padre, Clint Richardson, Dick Eldred, Freddy Jenner
Front row: John Begg, The M.O., Major Mac, George Valentine

Feb. 12, 13 & 14, 1943

Feb. 12 Very busy today. Ed arrived this afternoon and has just gone home – we have had another nice visit. He will be here tomorrow to spend the weekend with me and on Tuesday is bringing his Unit down for a combined scheme with the Tanks. Will not see him very much after this week – as we soon will be on the road again.

Feb. 13 Ed came down today and we went into Eastbourne to a picture show. Came home very late and he spent the night with me.

Feb. 14 We drove up to 14th Can. Gen. Hosp. at Holley to see Hess – who is in bed with arthritis. He has been boarded “E” and will be leaving for Canada soon. Also saw Gordon Duncan who has just recently joined the staff, we then drove down to Ed’s mess, had supper and drove home.