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.

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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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