The Joyfulness of War Ending

Heroes Remember

The Joyfulness of War Ending

Transcript
I was ill, I was very ill in England, it was about eight... weeks and weeks. But like I arrived in England the 27th of April and they hospitalized us. I called it paradise, the 1 Canadian General Hospital. And after we’d been through, anything, a crust of bread on the street was worthwhile, was worthy, you know. And I was hospitalized in three different hospitals and I was delirious, semi-delirious and ill. I came back on the Louis Pasteur, the ship with pleurisy in the ship’s hospital. And, you see, it was all the joyfulness of the war ending. I was in London the night before VE-Day with my brother Allan. I couldn’t rejoice. I couldn’t rejoice. I wanted to see these people rejoicing.
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Mr. Poolton describes his recovery in hospital and the joyfulness of the war ending.

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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Medium:
Video
Owner:
Veterans Affairs Canada
Duration:
0:59
Person Interviewed:
John (Jack) Poolton
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Battle/Campaign:
Dieppe
Branch:
Army
Units/Ship:
Royal Regiment of Canada
Rank:
Private

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