The discipline was excellent throughout, the conduct of the men quiet and soldierly
and the ship was kept clean and in good order at all times.
All Officers and Other Ranks assigned to duty on shipboard performed their work
efficiently and well.
Gunners assigned to assist in the defences of the ship rendered excellent services
during the enemy torpedo bomber attack and the conduct of all troops on that
occasion was, all that could be expected of the best of soldiers.
Lt-Col. R.W. Armstrong,
worked thoroughly in harmony with the ships P.E.
— Army, Navy and Merchant
Marine — and the Senior Officer aboard Brigadier R.O.G. Morton was most
cooperative and helpful.
It would have been a pleasure in any case to be associated with the Armed
Forces of Canada and it has been particularly so when troops carried have
been so fine a body of fighting men as these.
(Sgd.) Ward. L. Schrantz,
Colonel, Transport Commander.
NAPLES, 8 NOV. '43.
From NAPLES the Regiment began the 14 mile march to the camping area
in a vineyard near AFRAGOLA.
This was the first introduction to “cigarette for poppa” and
illusions about the
beauty of NAPLES were soon dispelled by the filth and smells.
The first night was spent in the open with tents arriving the following day,
the tents were all sizes and shapes and had to be put up and taken down several
dozen times before the C.O.
was satisfied that we had a more or less orderly looking camp.
Continual warnings about the amount of disease in the area were reiterated and
fruit purchased had to be washed and peeled.
Despite advice to the contrary experiments were soon made with the local “joy
juice” but seldom repeated.