July 24 & 25, 1943 – Happy 45th Birthday

July 24: Called out today, but nothing happened. Mike and I had lovely bath in a big cistern tonight. No news.

July 25: Bruce Trotter has just brought his Squadron in to relieve Bob Donaby and will be living here with me under my tree. Have just received a very severe reprimand from Mike for wearing socks with holes in them. The Col., Grant Elliott, Fred Ritchie and I are living under the same row of trees. Am going out on a recce in a few minutes. Many happy returns to myself on my 45th birthday.

Bruce Trotter, Bob Taylor and John Begg (left photo). Bruce Trotter (right). Alexander family collection

Bruce Trotter, Bob Taylor and John Begg (left photo). Bruce Trotter (right). Alexander family collection

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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 “July 24 & 25, 1943 – Happy 45th Birthday”

  1. Gordon Harrison says :

    Seventy years ago today my father was likely trying to survive strafing from German Stukas somewhere on a beach near Avola, Sicily while unloading supplies for the Eighth Army. He was likely within a mile or two from where Doc Alexander was busy with the wounded.
    http://itstrikesmefunny.blogspot.ca/2013/07/dads-navy-days-july-1943-sicily-3.html

    • Rob Alexander says :

      Hi again Gordon. Just read that post as well. It reminds me a lot of my grandfather’s Dieppe journal and his description of the fire on the LST. It’s unbelievable that anyone could survive and of that. And thanks for sharing your dad’s story.

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