Enlisted 10 Sep 41 at Regina Sask with the Regina Rifle Regt. Took about 3 weeks training at Regina and was sent overseas, after arrival overseas he had a refresher course. In Dec 41 he was posted to CTS with an Officer for whom he was working as a Batman. At CTS he has been on general fatigue and then "got into the FAP". He states that he likes medical work and consequently would like to transfer to Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. He also likes driving and had hoped to be able to drive in the Army but "he never had a change".
Overseas on October 8, 1941.
Joined the R.R.R. on August 2, 1944.
The Regina Rifle Regiment War Diary reports on October 12, 1944:
Weather--night has been clear and cool and with no moon has been pitch dark.
There has been no counter attack on our front this morning. This is probably as a result of Canadian Scottish Regiment having moved one Coy (C) over to our left flank to straddle main road at MR 007017 (Aardenburgkalseide/ N410, Belgium). Also Royal Winnipeg Rifles have moved 3 Platoons into Southern tip of Graaf-Jan at 017023 (Biezenstraat/ Graaf Jansdijk, Netherlands). Our front has been very quiet, and shelling of our locations has practically ceased. BnHQ got quiet sleep for first night in several days. By establishing listening posts slightly forward of our "thin red line" along the canal, we plan to let more men rest. Cans of hot tea have been going out to them three times a day at 0700, 1500 and 2400 hrs, and today a mobile bath is setting up in Maldegem, Belgium. So if we can manage to get everyone a bath and change of clothing, it is hoped to ease the strain of long hours without test. MO advises us there have been between 250 and 300 casualties go through RAP since 6 Oct, which is a grim reminder that this operation has been no push-over. It is the opinion that the past few days have seen some of the fiercest fighting since "D" Day. Lobbing grenades at enemy 10 yards away, and continued attempts at infiltration have kept everyone on the jump. Ammunition has been used up in an unbelievable quantities. Men throwing as many as 25 grenades each night. Arty laid 2000 shells on our own front alone in 90 minutes on the evening of 10 Oct and our own Mortar Platoon expended 1064 rounds of HE in 3 hours. Bt we feel it has turned the trick. We have been able to cut enemy's ammunition route out of Eede, Netherlands and German Prisoners have that lean and hungry look.
A/CO visited Bde HQ for a conference. It seems we may be here for several days without a move, so we are trying to re-arrange in order to give the maximum comfort. Evening has been all quiet again. Just sporadic enemy sniping on Royal Winnipeg Rifles front North of us.
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