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Issue of Winter Uniform

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Issue of Winter Uniform

We were a reserve company that I joined, that's why they were recruiting to fill up this reserve company. And I was in 21 Platoon, what was 21 Platoon. And I kind of smelled a rat. This was before, as soon as we got back they moved us to Camp Borden. And while we were at Camp Borden they issued us with winter underwear, great coats and leather jerkins. And it was in the summertime, you know, so and cardigans. My parents didn't believe, “No, no, you wouldn't be going away, you wouldn't be going overseas.” I said, “I'm sure, I am positive that we're going to be leaving the country.” And, of course, when I signed up, you swore an oath on the bible and you swore on the bible that you'd obey all the rules or whatever it was you were signing and that you'd serve anywhere. You would serve anywhere. Anywhere they wanted to send ya. Anyway, I leave town, shed a tear or two, and as I say I didn't know any of the regiments. I didn't know what the 48th Highlanders were, I didn't know who the Toronto Scottish were, the Black Watch, they were just names.

After receiving training with 21 Platoon Reserve Company, Mr. Poolton is issued winter clothing and soon realizes he must be heading overseas.

John (Jack) Poolton

John (Jack) Abernethy Poolton was born in Toronto, Ontario on January 9, 1918. He was one of seven children. His father farmed 100 acres near Kapuskasing, Ontario. Mr. Poolton enlisted in the Royal Regiment of Canada and provides vivid, clear details of the allied landing at Dieppe, France on August 19, 1942.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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John (Jack) Poolton
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Second World War
Royal Regiment of Canada

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