Aug. 2–5, 1945

Aug. 2 — Quite a few are arriving whom I have known before. We are now moving to the Transient Camp and will entrain for Ostend at 7 P.M. It has been a good camp here, but we are tired of waiting. Met a few of the boys from the Calgary Tanks and went out to see the Athletic team. At 6:30 we went down to the spur to catch at eight o’clock train, but the train did not arrive until 11:30 P.M. It was a terrible train, box cars, broken windows, but at any rate we started for Ostend at midnight. A very dim trip, but we arrived at Ostend at 12 noon and immediately went on board.

Aug. 3 — Went on board boat at noon and sailed at 1 P.M. — a beautiful trip over to Dover, where we had a meal and went on board train. At 9 P.M. started for an unknown destination.

Aug. 4 — Arrived at Farnham at 1:30 A.M. and were met by trucks which brought us out to Crooken Corner in Lupsic Barracks. We were fed and went to bed. Our breakfast this morning is at 10 A.M. and first parade at 11 A.M. We are in Repat. Depot #8, “A” Wing.

Aug. 5 — This afternoon, after parades, Jim Harold and Col. Colwell picked me up in their car and drove me to Worthing and Brighton. We spent the evening with Spofforths and I took back my kit to camp.

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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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