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The Deployment Story of Chester Sutherland (Canadian Army, Second World War)

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A Phase of our Life
Having been place on draft at Debert to meet the foe, arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax.
Embarked on the ship Andes for England. Some of us were placed on “B” deck and were politely told to stay below deck as there was enemy subs lurking just outside Halifax Harbour.
The floor of the deck was our bed. As we lay down for the night, you could not turn or roll over as were jammed in, no elbow room.
The first night was not so bad, but the second night was as most all became sea sick and throwing up and no fresh air. We spent ten days of this. Finally arriving at South Hampton then by train to Aldershot England.
This is where my good wife Isabel and I chanced to meet. As Isabel was coming from the cinema politely I asked if we could walk along together. The reply was yes. Isabel was going to her barracks, being in the Army Territorial Service (A.T.S.).
Although Isabel thought I was married in Canada, a review of pay book was in order. Sometimes tickets to the cinema was hard to come by if I had no money. Isabel would have enough for tickets.
As time went on a proposal of marriage was in order. Both parties agreed, the date was set. This did not come about as all leaves were cancelled, having been in Northwest Europe for some time.
New marriage dates were set. This time I made it from Germany to Scotland and we were married. With leave all used, return was made to my unit in Germany.
Isabel arrived in Canada the 19 of August 1946 and immigration was going to send her to Malagash instead of Molega- But I was on the dock and changed those plans.
Chester Sutherland