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Ears to the Outside World

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Ears to the Outside World

We had a very good fellow who built a radio and people didn’t just sit listening to the boob tube. But people who were on the committee for the radio made a record, a record of the daily news and then it was read around the whole camp in small, to small groups you see. And it lasted very well and we were kept reasonably up to date in the development, larger development of the war. We used to listen to the, our, our operator listened and recorded it and then it was read around the whole camp. It was a...had to be done very circumspectly. Interviewer: If in fact the German authorities had've found the radio what would have happened? They’d have destroyed it, made it difficult for us to replace it and if they could lay their hands on anybody who was operating it they would punish that person.

Within the prison camp, it was possible - with some risk involved - to keep abreast of the war developments.

Charles Cecil Ingersol Merritt

Colonel Merritt’s father was killed in Ypres during the First World War. 7 or 8 of his uncles from both sides of the family also served during the First World War - three of whom were killed in action. He received his early education in Vancouver and Victoria and then went on to Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. He articled with a Vancouver lawyer for three years before being called to the bar there in 1929. During this time, he joined the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada militia unit - the unit with whom he enlisted with when the Second World War was declared. Eventually, in late 1941, he was appointed Commanding Officer of the South Saskatchewan Regiment, and served with the Regiment until the war was over. During his service he earned the Victoria Cross for his gallant efforts on Aug. 19, 1942 in the Dieppe Raid. Mr. Merritt was taken prisoner during the Dieppe Raid. Following the war Mr. Merritt returned to his law practice in Vancouver and served in the Canadian Federal Parliament from 1945 - 1949. He continued to live in Vancouver until his death on July 12, 2000.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Charles Cecil Ingersol Merritt
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Second World War
South Saskatchewan Regiment
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