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Salisbury Food Riot

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The food was... oh I think I'll call it unmentionable. We were served mutton. Morning, noon and night. I've never tasted mutton in my life, but I had mutton in every shape or form. You name it, they made it. The cook made it. And one time there we had a..., I wouldn't say a mutiny. We decided, I think it was "A" Squadron that started it. They refused the food. And the officer of the day came around, says "You know you're up for mutiny if you carry on like this." And one of the boys turned around and says, gave him the plate, and I remember this vividly in the mess, he says "Would you eat this?" He tried it, he says "No." They went ahead and fired the cook, brought the, one of the motor pool sergeants made him a cook and we started to get better food. How he, I don't even know if he was in a kitchen in his life, or maybe he had teachings from his mother, but we started to get better food. But that was one of the main things that happened there, was that riot.

Mr. Horowitz talks about the British (Scottish) training camp of Salisbury. More specifically about a riot caused by the poor quality of food being served that brought them on the verge of mutiny.

Robert Horowitz

Mr. Horowitz was born in Cornwall, Ontario, on August 30, 1919, of Jewish parents who immigrated to Canada from Russia. He grew up in Montreal where he studied at Lord Arthur School and then moved on to Montreal High. He enlisted with the Régiment de Trois-Rivières in the latter part of 1939 when he was 20 years old and still in high school. Mr. Horowitz attended Camp Borden during the winter of 1939-40 for approximately 1.75 years. He first set foot on European soil in Scotland and trained in Salisbury. He saw action for the first time in Sicily and the southern part of the Italian peninsula before being wounded in Tremali. Following the war, he spent some time with Veterans Affairs assisting Canadian Veterans in England and later retired in Canada.

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Robert Horowitz
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Second World War
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