June 16-19, 1944

June 16 – These darned rocket things are still coming over, and a good many hit and run bombers are also coming. Don’t know what it is all about, but they don’t seem to be causing much damage. Our farewell Unit dance tonight. Code word just came in, means we are moving soon.

June 17 – AVD Unit of two officers and 16 men are joining us tonight. Two more vehicles to be waterproofed before morning. Everything is loaded, men briefed and all is in readiness for move tomorrow morning to the marshaling area. We will go aboard, probably an L.S.T. either tomorrow night or the following morning and away we go to Normandy. It will be awfully good to be moving again, as this waiting is very tiresome and the boys are raring to go.

June 18 – At 2 a.m. the 1st Can. V.D. Section arrives for attachment, no waterproofing. Capt. Ellis and Capt. Anders are the Officers. At 4 a.m. we start on convoy thru Canterbury and pass into London. Given a grand send off by the natives of London. Arrive in Camp in Tilbury area about 4 p.m. and bed down. Ordinary marshaling camp. Very dusty and not very comfortable, but not bad.

June 19 – All issues made and everything readiness for the move. Rather monotonous staying behind barb wire, with armed guards outside. Several air raid alarms, but no excitement. All our vehicles move off at 4 p.m.

 

Two French women placing flowers on the grave of a Canadian soldier, Bernières-sur-Mer, France, 18 June 1944. Credit: Lieut. Frank L. Dubervill / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-169264

Two French women placing flowers on the grave of a Canadian soldier, Bernières-sur-Mer, France, 18 June 1944.
Credit: Lieut. Frank L. Dubervill / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-169264

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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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