March 13, 14 & 15, 1943

March 13: Called at 5 a.m. for wheeled vehicles to pull out at 5:30. Great scramble, we keep Ralph and our baggage and Bill and Jim go off in Rex. We are waiting around for a few days and will proceed by rail. In the afternoon, John (Begg) and I go to Buckingham, Brackley and Bicester and then back home to our harbour outside of Beachampton. In the evening Poop, Jimmy Edmund and I go up the road two miles to Stony Stratford – later joined by Junior, Patterson, Ritchie, Sgt. Major Freeman and Morrison. Spent a very pleasant evening.

March 14: Convoy left at 10:30 and travelled thru Nash, Buckingham – to four miles out of Brackley, where we are Harboured in a very nice wood across the road from an Italian Concentration Camp. The Tanks are starting to load Brackley. John and I go up to Brackley, then to Stony Stratford and 7 miles down the London Road then return to camp and go to bed.

March 15: The remainder of the Tanks and Carriers are loading today. Ralph and I stay here tonight and drive home in a wheeled convoy tomorrow. We are going out to have a look at the country today. John and I drive to Northampton, a City about the size of Calgary, but one of the least impressive cities I have every seen seen. We then drove over to Banbury to see if the lady still had bells on her toes. We saw the Cross and went in and had tea at the “Original Tea Shop,” famous for its Banbury cakes. After supper I went in to Brackley with Poop and Jimmy Edmunds to see the last bunch of Tanks and my Carrier loaded. Afterwards we went up to the Crown Hotel where we were joined by McIndoo and John – we then came home to bed. John slept next to me and fell out of bed in the middle of the night.

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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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