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
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
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.