June 2–7, 1945: Closing down

June 2 — Big inspection Oldenburg by Gen. Simmons went off very well too. In the afternoon Col. Barrett from Corps came over and presented us with four bottles of liquor and a box of chocolates for the nurses. In the evening, Archie Hardyment, Ruth Smith, Tiny and I went in to Oldenburg to a Canadian show.

June 3 — Church parade. Dave McKenzie returned from Turnhout. Ronnie was supposed to come back but did not show up. Col. Barritt, Paul Laird and George Currie were over and spent the evening with us. We expect to move back to Holland in a few days time. It can not come too quickly either.

June 4 — Usual day, busy on reports all day. Ronnie arrived back from Holland tonight. Picture show in our cinema. Time is dragging quite a lot.

June 6 — Hospital closed today. Everything handed over to 6th Gen. Hosp. Our work as a Medical Unit is finished.

June 7 — Canadian show in our theatre. After the show we entered the Actors and Actresses in our Mess at our farewell Unit party.

 General H.D.G. Crerar taking the salute at a parade of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division on the first anniversary of D-Day, Utrecht, Netherlands, 6 June 1945.  LAC.

General H.D.G. Crerar taking the salute at a parade of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division on the first anniversary of D-Day, Utrecht, Netherlands, 6 June 1945. LAC.

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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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