Feb. 28 & March 1, 1943
Feb. 28: “Rex” all loaded and ready to pull out tonight at 11:15 p.m. Ralph and Bill McLeod go in it. The boys with their water carts also go tonight. Jim, Bert, Mike and I go with the fighting vehiceles tomorrow night. The place looks mighty bare now.
March 1: At 7:15 p.m. we line up outside the Downlands Hotel – Mike and Bert in front seat of T.C.P. and Jim and I in the rear. At 7:45 we pull out – all the Tanks ahead, then the Scout cars and then ourselves, followed by the remainder of Transport in “A” Echelon. We travel almost due west to just north of Portsmouth then swing north to Wickham, then to Harbour in a wood north east of Wickham. It is a very tough Convoy – taking twelve hours to travel forty-eight miles. It is bitterly cold on the Carrier. This afternoon we are all sleeping, as perhaps we travel again tonight. “Spartan” has begun in earnest.