June 8–10, 1945

June 8 — N/S (nursing sisters) Rideout and Purley left this morning. The bunch is gradually getting smaller all the time. Today, Gordie, Staff Sgt. Howell, N/S Smith and Stover and I took a trip Aurich and Emden. Thousands of German soldiers along the roads — the Army returning from Holland. Have just had a tooth pulled, so do not feel very spry.

June 9 — Court martial proceeding against Pte Raven, for armed robbery. An awful nuisance at this time. Notified this morning that all Nursing Sisters would report to 21 FDS at once. N/S Rideout and Purley are on leave, so there are only two left to report. it is a Russian Camp which I do not think is fit for any Canadian girls to be in, so had them wait until I went to Corps, no luck.

June 10 — Tiny Stover and Ruth Smith left today. They will only be there four days and are then flying to England on leave. I have advised both to report to CMHQ and get posted in England. Our first Burma draft leaves in the morning. Sgt. McCosham, Pte. Bowles, Sibley, Farmer, Joncas and Gamley. A new captain is being posted to us — and I suppose will replace one of the old ones. Our new officer — Capt. Greene arrived today.

 Demobilization of high-ranking German officers and officials at an internment camp, Esterwegen, Netherlands, 8 June 1945.  LAC.

Demobilization of high-ranking German officers and officials at an internment camp, Esterwegen, Netherlands, 8 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.

2 responses to “June 8–10, 1945”

  1. Mike Hunter says :

    Rob,
    Thank you for getting Doc back on line. It has been fascinating to experience his moods as the war wound down and finally ended.
    The March 1st entry mentions Col Smith making an inspection. If you look back to the Dieppe experience you will recall that your grandfather, my father and Morgan Smith were the three Drs. aboard LCT 8 and miraculously all survived and all continued to serve to war’s end.
    Like my father Morgan Smith was a member of the “Permanent Force” and remained in the service post war. He and my father remained close. I clearly recall Col Smith sewing up a cut on my chin in Toronto in about 1948 when my attempt to climb a fence while wearing skates went awry.
    He continued to serve with distinction and was decorated by the Americans for his activities in the Korean war when he had a part in establishing the MASH units.
    He retired as a Brigadier General in the early 60s and died in 2005 in his late 90s.
    Mike Hunter

    • Rob Alexander says :

      Hi Mike! Thank you for that information on Morgan Smith and it’s great that you actually knew him. I like that he stitched you up and that you were wearing skates while trying to climb a fence. A true Canadian.

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