I Must Do My Part

May 31, 1940

May 23rd – Regina

Empire Day – phoned armouries re enlistment. War situation looked very serious. German Panzer troops broke through to channel ports. Decided that I must do my part. So when I phoned armouries I made appointment to see Major Thomson next day. (Major T[homson] in charge of officer personnel).

May 24th – Regina

Interviewed Harry (Major Murray) before seeing Major Thomson. He advised to take whatever was open – mentioned ordnance as needing officers. Saw [Major] Thomson accepted 2/L[ieutenant] R[oyal] C[anadian] O[rdnance] C[orps]. Passed medical with category A. Notified Sup[erintenden]t G. McDonald of Regina P[ublic] S[chool] Board that I had enlisted. He made arrangements to get in touch with Mr. Armstrong to take my place as principal of Lakeview School.

May 25th – Regina

Played my last game of golf for the season at Boggy Creek with Ken McKay & Charlie Hill.

May 26th – Regina

Result of X-Ray at Grey Nuns Hospital [image] OK.

May 27th – Regina

Taken on strength of R.C.O.C. To go to the T[raining] C[entre] [?] at Kingston. Teachers, janitors & pupils of Lakeview School presented me with an Oyster Lipton-Rolex wrist watch before whole school assembled in auditorium. Armstrong arrived in evening.

May 28th – Regina

Purchased battle-dress by getting marked cheque in favour of Receiver General of Canada. Renie [wife, Irene] worked very hard to get my clothes together. Measured for service dress at Eatons. 1st pay parade. School Board paid me 2 weeks extra ($125). Board promised to pay my superannuation & maintain my seniority.

May 29th – Regina

Left Regina at 8.40am. Most of my pupils in Grade VIII & seven teachers, as well as Sup[erintenden]t McDonald, Dr J. D. Denney, Doris Corristine, many of my former pupils, and Renie, Billy & Bobby were at the Depot to see me off. Reg Rideout took some snaps. Chapman & Campbell on same train.

May 30th – On train

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May 31st – Kingston

Arrived at Kingston at 2.30pm. Met at Depot by Capt[ain] Dennison & L[ieutenan]t Moutier [?]. Quartered at 247 Brock Street.