Aug. 22 — Attended St. James Theatre in the evening. Saw Emlyn Williams in “The Wings of Heaven”. Prime Minister Atlee was also present.
Aug. 23 — Just starting for Guildford to spend the day with Wynne. Arrived there about noon, so we went out to lunch, then bought the song “I’ll Walk Beside You” and came back and played it and sang it — then Wynne started sewing flashes for me — making a wonderful job. Hope to get my battle suit blouses over next wee for her to do them too. Caught a 10:28 train from Guildford and arrived in Waterloo at 11:30, then underground to Victoria and then home to bed.
Aug. 24 — Very dull wet day, have really done nothing all day but write letters and lied around Will try and and go out to a picture show or something tonight.
Aug. 25 — Met Pat Cameron outside the house and to my surprise she told me Timmy was home and took me to their flat. Had lunch with Mrs Harrison and her sister and Timmy and Pat. He may be coming back on the same draft with me. Am just starting off to the Ambassador Theatre to see “Sweeter and Lower”.
Aug. 26 — Saw the show last night but did not think it was very good. This is Sunday, a most monotonous day. I went for a long bus ride on the top of one of these London buses this afternoon. Will be going back to Camp on Tuesday morning. I certainly hope we are not kept there long, as those Camps are really deadly.
Aug. 27 — Went to a picture show — “I’ll Walk Beside You” at Odeon Theatre. Very good music.
Aug. 28 — Caught a train at Waterloo and arrived back in Camp to find that our draft was to hold itself available for leaving on Aug. 31.
Aug. 21 — Arrived in London and was fortunate enough to get a room in the Legion Club. Will probably take in a few shows and pass the time that way.
Aug. 20 — Notified today that we will not be sailing for awhile, but on Tuesday will start another seven days of leave. We were not pleased with this at all but can do nothing about it.
Aug. 19 — Three years ago — Dieppe.
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.
Aug. 17 — Busy doing office work most of the day — then in the evening phoned Wynne Rolfe. Am going over to see her on Sunday.
Aug. 18 — Painting up boxes etc. Am now going to have my after dinner sleep. The rumour is that we sail one week from today. Tonight after supper, some Sergeants from the 14th (Calgary Regiment) looked me up, so we went to the Queen’s Hotel and the Swan. Those present were Price, Morgan, Howard, Patterson, Hobbins, Davis, McCall, McKay, McFadden. It was a real old timers get together. All of us left Calgary together and were together until Italy. It was the first time I had seen them since.
Aug. 6 – Everything packed – we move off at 1 P.M. at Aldershot and board a special leave train for London. At 10:15 I leave King’s Cross Station for Edinburgh and Glasgow. Manage to get a third class sleeper and have a pretty good trip up.
Aug. 7 – Arrive in Glasgow at 10 A.M. and at Muirs at 12 Noon. Have spent a quiet but enjoyable day. Start back for London tomorrow night.
Aug. 8 – Went shopping today and had lunch with Mr. Muir, then went to the usual tea at Craig’s. Helen phoned at 5 P.M., so I went to Edinburgh and spent the evening with her.
Aug. 9 – Am leaving from Waverly station tonight for London. I am staying at the Calidonian Hotel. Helen was down this afternoon for a while. I caught the 7:50 at Waverly Station and started for London.
Arrived in London at King’s Cross Station at 6:30 A.M. Caught the underground to Victoria, had breakfast, got cleaned up and at 9:25 A.M. caught the train for Worthing.
Aug. 10 – We went out to Sleepy Hollow Hotel and visited Mrs. Earl, then came home and spent the evening.
Aug. 12 – Sunday, just writing for dinner and will catch the 3:35 for London. Expect to go to Reading tomorrow morning. A lot of excitement about Japan but nothing definite yet.
Aug. 13 – Caught the 9:25 train from Waterloo and arrived at Fords in Reading before lunch time. All are well there and I was given a great reception. In the afternoon, we drove to Bearwood, Wokingham and Hurst, revisiting all the old spots I used to know.