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Published on January 2018

The Captain listened to my reason for trying to get to Halifax NS.  He asked me who in particular aided me to board his ship.  I did not want to tell him as if I did Scottie would land in trouble and so he dismissed the question.  He was very sympathetic and explained that he could not accommodate me aboard Warrior. It could lead him to having a court marshall by landing a Royal Navy person in Halifax, NS.  He sympathized with me after I told him my reasons for trying to make a go of it but he would have to return me to HMS Victory.  My greatest wish then was I should have run away in Halifax, but being a coward I did as I was told.  I would have melted away in the countryside.  

   Following that, he called in Petty Officer Bell and instructed him to contact the Officer of the Day at HMS Victory and arrange for my return.  Meanwhile, the Captain wrote a note to HMS Victory.  What he wrote he kept to himself and put it in a sealed envelope.  It was not long before 2 navy police were in my presence and the HMS Warrior Captain handed his note to them for passing onto their Royal Navy Officer of the day.  The escort immediately put handcuffs on me but it was short-lived when the Warrior Captain spoke up and told the escort there was no need for handcuffs (he came to me) as there would not be any trouble.  The Warrior Captain shook my hand, put his arm around me and said goodbye and good luck.  Off we went to HMS Victory.  As the escort marched me along towards the gangplank the word must have gone around as quite a few Canadian sailors were on hand.  They waved me so-long and thrust packets of cigarettes and chocolate bars into my hand.  
   As I landed on the Wharf a navy van was waiting and I was ushered in and off we went to HMS Victory. I was handed over to the officer of the day who escorted me to a cell and locked the door.  
   Oh my word, I thought, I really have done it now, but all was not lost. The next day I was paraded before the Navy Commander who gave me a dressing down and remarked that I should be careful not to get mixed up with other naval personnel.  I was then released from the cell but was given seven days’ punishment which consisted of running at the double around the parade ground three times each day and then reporting back the to the officer of the day.     
   All my leave was cancelled.  
   After my punishment was finished I was given notification that I would be moved and was given instructions to report to HMS Hornet.  Before I went to HMS Hornet I was given a mailbag containing cigarettes and chocolate bars from the Manitoba Red Cross.   I was given a card to fill in and send to the club with my address on it. Subsequently, periodically I received a mailbag at HMS Hornet with another pack of cigarettes inside and a card from the Nova Scotia Red Cross.  This continued until I was transferred to HMS Hornet a motor flotilla.   
   This was a motor torpedo boat base.  So there I was bobbing up and down the English Channel on patrol.  One day we took a German E Boat who surrendered to us.  Our Engineers were very interested in this boat which was faster than our English ones.  
    I did hear that there had been a lot of E Boat activity around Slapton Sands in the Cornwall area where D Day activity was being practised by American Forces.  Unfortunately, they were taken by surprise by a flotilla of E Boats and many soldiers lost their lives due to the surprise attack by the German Forces.  In fact our landing craft were caught in this trap.

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