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Dooby The Ferret

Heroes Remember

There was six of us, Bob MacLeod, Pete Reesdorf, Dooby, Ike Friesen and Joe Squark and myself. We went down to this one warehouse and we had to load these jute bags that are tied in bundles about so high into a boxcar. Well, when we got into any warehouse we had to find out what it was and Dooby wasn't always too well so we put Dooby in behind the sack, the stack to find out what was in the warehouse and he came out and he said, “Those bags have sugar in them, in the corners.” So he stayed there all day opening up bundles before we got to them taking the wet sugar out of the corners and putting it in our loot bags. We worked in there for two days. Most of the bags that went into the second day's cars were cleaned out of any sugar that was in the corner and we got that back safely into camp. Even the fellows in hospital benefited by some of it. We, most everybody in our dockyard gang got it, none of the Americans, they had their own area to filter but the Canadians shared in it and a large amount of it went over to the hospital to Will Campbell and Dr. Stewart for the patients. Now it was dirty but it was still sugar.

Mr. Atkinson describes how his buddy Dooby managed to steal sugar, which was then smuggled back to Niigata camp to be shared with everyone, including the medical staff and their patients.

Harold Atkinson

Harold Atkinson was born on February 14, 1922 in Selkirk, Manitoba. He had three siblings. His father, a First World War Veteran, died when he was nine. His family lived on relief, seven dollars a week, and he helped by delivering papers. He finished grade nine, and then in 1940 enlisted. Mr. Atkinson was eighteen when he joined the Winnipeg Grenadiers. He served in Jamaica, guarding German and Italian nationals at an internment camp. He returned to Canada and then went to Hong Kong with his unit. Mr. Atkinson fought against and was taken prisoner by the Japanese. As a prisoner, he heard several comrades bayoneted to death. Mr. Atkinson worked at Kai Tak airport and in North Point Camp's diphtheria ward. In Omini, Japan he worked as a stevedore at the shipyard. When the war ended, Mr. Atkinson was fortunate enough to be flown home.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Harold Atkinson
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Winnipeg Grenadiers
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