Feb. 11, 1943

Everybody up, shaved and glistening – ready to load into trucks in a few minutes and proceed to Rottingdean where the inspection will take place. Imagine it will be rather chilly standing out there today but everybody is more or less keen. Will tell you more about it tonight.

Arrive on the hills just east of Rottingdean at 9 a.m. and line up in review order, around the edge of a big basin like valley. The Tanks of the Ontario Regiment around the crest of the hill, the Royal stand back in the center. On one side of the stand are the Ontario Reg., those not with the Tanks, RCASC, RCCS, Ordinance, Field Amb., Heavy Support Group – and on the other side of the stand are the Three Rivers and then ourselves.

At 11:30 we march back over the hill to harbour and eat – then by 2:30 are again lined up on Inspection Ground.

At 3 p.m. – the Royal Party and Gen. McNaughton arrive, the Royal Standard is raised and the General salute is given on the opening bars of “God Save the King”.

He then walks down the front of the Three Rivers and Calgary – gets into a carrier and drives up in front of the Tanks to the far end, then walks along the 11th C.T.R., RCOC, RCASC, RCAMC, and Heavy Support. Then three cheers for the King – and it is all over. We arrive back home at 6 p.m. – all very cold and tired.

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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.

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