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Nuttin' but Mutton

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The main thing I remember is that Nuttin’ but mutton! Everything seemed to be that we had was mutton to eat. We even had tripe for breakfast at times which is horrible but you ate it because you were hungry. Some of the stuff we didn’t, but then we had lamb chops and we had lamb this, in fact, before the end of the trip to Hong Kong even the bologna and the tomatoes tasted like lamb. We stopped at Hawaii going across and then one of the, think it was just after Hawaii that a real storm came up and our escorts disappeared on us. We had two corvettes I think as our escort and they disappeared because from what I understand later on I found out was they were top heavy and when waves hit them on the side they could tip right over so they disappeared into land some place. I don’t know where they went to but after the storm was over we had them back again, they caught up to us again because what I understand is they’re pretty fast moving.

Mr. Harrison describes with some humor the endless diet of mutton aboard ship, and proceeds to discuss how the weather affected their escort vessels.

George Harrison

George Harrison was born on April 4, 1920 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and was youngest of three children. His father died shortly after his birth, forcing his mother to place him and his siblings in an orphanage, where he was at times badly beaten. Learning this, his mother took her children back home. After completing grade 9, Mr. Harrison went to work to help support his family. Eventually, he gained employment with CPR Telegraph. On September 13, 1939, Mr. Harrison enlisted with Winnipeg Grenadiers, becoming a specialist on the Vickers machine gun. During the battle of Hong Kong, Mr. Harrison was made a sergeant, and was involved in deadly fighting. Along with the general misery and persecution suffered by all of the POWs, Mr. Harrison faced down both blindness and potential amputation of his toes.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
George Harrison
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Pacific Ocean
Hong Kong
Winnipeg Grenadiers
Section Leader

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