Aug. 5, 7, 8 & 11, 1943

Aug. 5: George Dodds and I drove to Syracusa in Scout Car. Visited the Cave where Daniel was thrown to the lions. Saw their old pens which are now being used as air raid shelters – then visited the old Cathedral built at the same time. Took Dodd’s confession from Confession Box and annointted him with Holy Water. Discovered that the 5th Can. Gen. Hosp. Were on the hill in Syracusa so went up to visit Marj. Florendine. We had a lovely chat for about 1/2 hour – then we returned to Catania Plains. News just received that Catonia has fallen today. The part of Sicily still held by the Germans is slowly but steadily dwindling. Italy next, and before long at that. Bert and Jim are forward with me now with the 15cwt ambulance.

Aug. 7: Jimmy Edmunds, Poop, Wells and drive were blow up in a jeep yesterday. Jimmy is badly wounded and in hospital. Poop has a punctured ear drum. We are moving back to A Echelon today, all three Echelons will be together again.

Aug. 8: Made a statement that I have never seen morale of the Unit as low – a statement which is true. The Col. did not believe me and instead of investigating, as he should – fired me from the Unit. I went before the Brigadier who sent me to Field Ambulance for a month – then to be returned to the Unit.

Aug. 11: Ralph and I have arrived at 2nd Field Ambulance. I loathe and despise it.


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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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