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August 19, 1945: Three years after Dieppe

Aug. 19 — Three years ago — Dieppe.

Christmas and birthday gifts: a few of my grandfather's belongings.

A few of Doc Alexander’s medals, including, far left, his Victory Medal from the First World War, and right, the 1939–1945 Star and the Voluntary Service Medal 1939–1945 (bottom right). In the centre is his King’s Own Calgary Regiment blazer badge, his watch (dated 1939) and one of the five daggers he brought home as souvenirs.

Today I went over to Guildford and spent the day with Wynne and her sister May. Had a very nice time. Tonight have been busy sewing on ribbons.

As it is the 73rd anniversary of the Dieppe Raid, I’ve included the story I wrote about Doc Alexander’s experience—and that of his commanding officer in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps Lt.-Col. K. Hunter—on Tank Landing Craft No. 8 during the raid and a 2012 story Carrie Tait of the Globe & Mail wrote about my grandfather.

Alex’s full Dieppe journal can be found here. After clicking the link, scroll down to Aug. 19, 1942 (or earlier if you choose) and then begin working upwards to read a play-by-play of Alex’s experience during the raid.