March 31, April 1, 2 & 3, 1943 – Lt.Col. John Begg leaves the Regiment

March 31: John (Begg) received word to report to NETD on April 2. General meeting of all officers – then John, Bob Purves, Bruce Trotter and I drove to Dunster for a farewell gathering. Afterwards John and I had a long talk in his room.

Doc Alexander and Lt.-Col. John Begg. Alexander family collection.

Doc Alexander and Lt.-Col. John Begg. Alexander family collection.

April 1: John left for Canada at 7:30 a.m. I feel completely lost today, but must keep going. Very cold and windy on the range today. (Begg took command of the No. 2 Training Regiment at the Armoured Corps Training Centre at Camp Borden, Ont.)

April 2: Our new Col., Lt.-Col. Neurotso (don’t know how to spell it) arrived today. Major Dover – John Cross’s sister was here to visit John – we all went out to Dunster. (Prior to his appointment as commanding officer of the Calgary Tanks, C.H. Neroutsos was second-in-command of Three Rivers Regiment).

April 3: Mrs. Dover had lunch with us on the Ranges. Nothing unusual going on.

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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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