Calgary Tanks on the ranges at Stackpole Court, Wales – Sept. 1942

Below is a pair of photographs taken in September 1942 while the Calgary Tanks were training in Wales with the corresponding journal entries.

Tanks on the ranges at near Stackpole Court in Pembroke, Wales in Sept. 1942. Alexander family collection.

Tanks on the ranges at near Stackpole Court in Pembroke, Wales in Sept. 1942. Alexander family collection.

Sept. 21: 10 a.m. We arrive at Pembroke, South Wales and travel by bus to Stackpole Court – a huge country estate – old home covered with ivy – beautiful grounds. Got a single room – imagine four walls, bed, fireplace and electric light all at the same time. Drove over the ranges this morning to start work tomorrow. Mr. Ferguson the Imperial M.D. Dropped in and spent the evening with me. A very fine chap  and am going to his home on of these nights.

Sept. 22: Spent morning on ranges with Rx – in afternoon Ralph, Furman and I went to Haverfordwest to visit Bartholow in hospital with fractured Femur. On our way home stopped at Carey Castle – had supper – ham and eggs with Mrs. Morris – visited castle and went through it after supper – shown by Pat (3 years old).

Sept. 23: Spent entire day on Ranges – fired b.. 2 ½ rounds, not so hot. Enjoyed firing.

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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.

2 responses to “Calgary Tanks on the ranges at Stackpole Court, Wales – Sept. 1942”

  1. K. M. Hunter MD FRCSC says :

    Only a month after Dieppe. Not much time spent licking wounds and feeling sorry for themselves.

    • Rob Alexander says :

      Hello Mike! You are so right. It seems even after the first week or so following Dieppe the Regiment was busy with getting on with the job. Remarkable really, especially given they lost a very popular commanding officer. A testament perhaps do the tight bond the men of the Tanks had with one another?

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