July 29–31, 1945: On a draft for home

July 29 — Am up and dressed. After lunch will return to Apeldoorn. Tomorrow I hope to start the trail for home. Arrived back in Apeldoorn in time for dinner, got packed and ready and went to bed.
July 30 — Up early — Gordie drove me first over to Army to see Timmy Cameron and then to Report Depot. I am registered and am in Draft 250. On Wednesday night we will start for England. Expect the three Wilbers kiddies up to see me tomorrow. Tonight, the three of us, Hayes from Red Deer, Greenwood from McLeod and myself went to No. 1 Gen. Hosp. to spend the evening with Dewer, Mason and Archer.

July 31 — Went down to the station and met Joep, Get and Johnnie and we spent the day in Nijmegen. I enjoyed it so much — but really hate to say goodbye to those kiddies and hate to think of them growing up in Europe — especially the girls who do not have the same or anywhere near the same privileges as our Canadian girls. Tonight we have all worked hard sewing on campaign ribbons. Not too good, but they will stick. Expected to leave tomorrow night — but out trip has been postponed for 48 hours.

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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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