This comment made yesterday made me think about the diary. This blogger is writing a blog about a paratrooper who served in the Pacific.
Every history needs to be recorded, every story told – I can’t stress that enough to my readers and I know you do as well.
I will take her advice, but I will start slow with Lawrence Walton Montague’s diary.
Partying was part of a cadet’s life.
I read it in Art Sager’s book Saturday night, so I think I can safely post this diary page.
This is the entry for March 25, 1942. Lawrence will soon get his wings at No. 6 SFTS Dunnville.
No disrespectful remarks made on this page.
Tonight was the glorious party.
As usual everyone got stupidly drunk and made silly asses of themselves. Sometimes I wonder if I am missing a lot by not drinking.
Old George Watson was stupidly funny tonight. He wasn’t going to get drunk. And he could always control himself –
Old Scotty – Alex Strang – quite a nice fellow.
A very level head.
Arrived in Dunnville at quite a wee hour.
Old George Watson… Alex Strang…
Both in Course 44!
Course 44: December 6, 1941 – March 27. 1942
Wing Commander Patriarche addressed the graduates.”This coming year is going to be an extremely tough one and there will be a tendency all through the Empire of the people to criticize those in authority. It is being done already but I hope that you here, both airmen and visitors, will have no part in it. Make sure before you criticize that you always have a suggestion better than what you are criticizing. None of the men in political or military authority is of a lower standard than the rest of us. They have to be better men or they would not have got the job. You can take it for granted that those men can make just as good or better suggestions than the rest of us. Bear in mind that they have all the facts, whereas we have but a few.
+(J/10741) Eric Thomas Garrett, (J/10742) Harold Eugene Bridges (DFC), (J/10744) L.J. Smith, (J/10748) Thomas Ernest Hilary Farley, (J/10751) William James Stangel, (J/10752) Alfred Giles, +Daniel Ray Scott, +Robert Byrne Honeycombe, Eric Thomas Garrett, Wallace Oppenheimer, James W. Gillen, Gordon A. Patton, +Albert Dalton Braswell, Lee Wells, Conrad Ross Crawford, John William Hubler, Charles Arthur Plewman Appleton – DFC 433 Sqn., +Frank Joseph Borrell, Lawrence Walton Montague, Joseph Wilford McMullin, George Greenwood, +Vincent Wall, John Claire MacDonald, +Dorian Ledington, William Houston Julian, Norman Alexander Ballantyne, John Land Clinton, Edward Mielko, M.M. Fudge, John Douglas Hooper. R. King, James Pringle Morton, +Victor George DeHavilland, Harold Albert Heacock, C.E. Shannon, William Bruce Brittain (DFC), Alexander Wall Strang, G.D. Watson
Royal New Zealand Air Force: (414667) A.J. Osborne, Arthur David Leese, (414238) Alfred William Burge DFC), G.T. Couttie, +(414651) Godfrey Alan McKoy, +(414721) Harry Keith Williams, +(414677) Arthur Lyall Ray, +(41430) Bruce Mackenzie Hirstich, +(413858) Maurice Carson Jolly, + (414380) Douglas Robert Bannerman, +(413875) Frederick Thomas Martyn, +(414664) Andrew George Patterson Newman, +(414278) Raymond Cyril Going, +(414321) Mervyn Jack Mills, Jack McRae Brigham, R.R. Horo, V. Orr, R. Wing, S. Matthews, T.D. Stewart, James E. Shields, T. Alexander, W.M. Sampson, R.J. Hetherington, R.S. Campbell, J.J. McMath, J.N. Buchanan, B.G. Simpson, J.M. McCarrison, W.P. Bennett, (414374) William Frank Bern
Not much information on those two cadets on the Internet, but now you understand the importance of this diary to look for people related to these cadets and share what we know about No. 6 SFTS Dunnville, Ontario.
Lawrence glued this on a page in his diary giving us more clues to look at.
G. D. Watson, New Westminster, B.C.
A. W. Strang, Halifax, N.S.
Now you understand even more the importance of this diary when you look at this picture also glued on a page.
I believe little Larry is on the right.
Next time, we will go back in time with Lawrence’s first entry in his personal diary.
Before I leave, who was Old Scotty?
Was he Daniel Ray Scott from Coleman, Texas who died in WWII?
Thanks for showing me the way…