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If Behaviour Good, Everything was okay.

Heroes Remember

If Behaviour Good, Everything was okay.

Ya, I‘ve seen people get beat but generally they had done something wrong to cause it. I imagine because the Germans never bothered too much if you were ok, if you didn’t do nothing wrong. Interviewer: And so, personally speaking, did you more or less… you did ok? Ya, I didn’t have no problem. Never got beaten, ever… no. So I don’t think the Germans were too harsh unless, you know like I say, if people done something drastic, they would pay the price. And I think probably lots of days we went through those kinda moods where we were thinking we would never get outta there. But then, of course, when the war ended you were free. That was a great feeling. That was just what you were waiting for all your life there, ya. I think, pretty hard to explain the happiness that caused. Everybody was thrilled that they were getting out and we got back to the British there, you know.

Although never beaten himself, Mr. Edwards shares his view on behaviour within the POW camp.

Stanley Edwards

Mr. Stanley Edwards was born February 17, 1923 in Big Valley, Alberta. He enlisted in the army on February 19, 1941 as part of the Calgary Tanks holding rank of trooper. He first received training on the Churchill tanks at Stettler, Alberta and for another year trained in Camp Borden, Ontario before travelling overseas to Scotland. In the summer of 1942, the crew went to England to undergo advanced training. Mr. Stanley fought in the Dieppe Raid as a member of the tank crew. He was soon captured and taken prisoner where he would remain until 1945, shortly after the war ended. Returning home to Canada, Mr. Edwards began working at the Calgary Brewery, married Anncherri and raised four children with his wife. In retirement, Mr. Edwards volunteered within his community and to this day is a member of the local legion. Now residing in Calgary, Alberta with his two daughters, Mr. Edwards is honoured in having an opportunity to travel back to France for the 75th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid. This being his first time back since wartime, Mr. Edwards looks forward to seeing the terrain where he fought and visiting the gravesite of his brother who never returned home and pay tribute to those who served alongside him during this battle.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
July 28, 2017
Person Interviewed:
Stanley Edwards
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War

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