Oct. 21, 1943

Oct. 21 – Yesterday E.B. flew back from Catania as he relieved me today and Slim, Sgt. Hodgkins and I started up in our jeep to the XIVth. On the way up – Sgt. Hodgkins, my section Sgt. and a painter from Toronto, or rather an artist – sketched Bruce Trotter and Curly Lynch’s graves – then in Motta, or rather the approach to Motta he sketched out jeep with Slim and I on the winding road, with Motta sitting on its high hill in the background. We then went to on to Volutrara and he sketched St. Marcos (San Marco) in the distance, this is the battlefield over which we fought early in October, when we had so many casualties. Today it is quiet. We then went on about twenty five miles to a side hill from which we could faintly see Campobasso. They are very downhearted today as the General was not very complimentary to them yesterday.

I am definitely on the list for England – will probably sail somewhere within a month’s time. Farewell party for Col. Hunter tonight. He leaves in the morning to take up his new job as

. (assistant director of medical services). Had a turkey dinner and were entertained by the Sergeants in their Mess this evening. The new Col. has arrived. Col. Clendenning from Hamilton.

Sick parade, Lucera. "B" Section. No. 2 C.L.F.A. October 1943. Sketch by Arnold Hodgkins.

Sick parade, Lucera. “B” Section. No. 2 C.L.F.A. October 1943. Sketch by Arnold Hodgkins. Doc Alexander with a member of “B” Section, Calgary Tank regiment.

A sketch by artist Arnold Hodgkins of the graves of Sgt. B. Lynch, Major Bruce Trotter and Trp. V.T. Pallson, all killed on Sept. 31, 1943. Arnold Hodgkins served in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, and it appears, he served with Doc Alexander and gave this sketch and a few others to him. This particular sketch is now in the collection of the Kings Own Calgary Regiment Museum at the Military Museums in Calgary.

A sketch by artist Arnold Hodgkins of the graves of Sgt. B. Lynch, Major Bruce Trotter and Trp. V.T. Pallson, all killed on Sept. 31, 1943. Arnold Hodgkins served in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, and it appears, he served with Doc Alexander and gave this sketch and a few others to him. This particular sketch is now in the collection of the Kings Own Calgary Regiment Museum at the Military Museums in Calgary.

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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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