This was later confirmed by a personal call from the
Major-General B.M. Hoffmeister,
to the CO, Lt-Col. G.A. Rankin.
With the completion of the last divisional exercise, all efforts were now
turned to getting equipment ready for turning in.
Rehabilitation programmes were started with a compulsory
hour spent on discussion of Canadian affairs in the morning and
voluntary vocational courses in the afternoon.
A vocational school in WINSCHOTEN was taken over and many of the men availed
themselves of the opportunity to learn a trade.
The sorting of personnel for
and repatriation was completed wi1th approximately
12 % volunteering for the FAR EAST and about 1 % for the Army
A new high in social life was reached and a vicious round of dances, movies, shows,
parties and hospitality began.
There was something different every night and it became as difficult
to get to bed as it had been in action.
From CANADA, to ENGLAND, ITALY, FRANCE, BELGIUM, HOLLAND and finally to GERMANY
the Regiment had travelled and now it was over.
Some would go to JAPAN, some to GERMANY, some to CANADA soon with the high point men and some
would go home later with the Regiment.
Some would say the Regiment was dead except in name only.
But they would be wrong.
It lives on in the memories and lives of the men who were part of it, who suffered with it
and who laughed with it.
But it is not just a memory for from the fellowship that grew up there came an
understanding of the other guy and from the long trek an international
outlook and a greater pride in CANADA.
Such sons cannot help but be a credit to any country.
As ambassadors of goodwill they were par excellence and the affection
of the people of WERVIK is but one such milestone in the long march.
The job of the Regiment is done and its purpose finished but its
inspiration lives on.