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March to Fort Stanley

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March to Fort Stanley

And I got ready and left Stanley Village and went to Stanley Fort. I don' t know, there'd be maybe a hundred and fifty men in the line and I was about center when we started out. I had malaria by this time. I got there about a half an hour after the last one. I could only go so far and stop and rest. I had to cross a ridge and they had a machine gun firing on the ridge. I had a few bullets go but it didn't hit me. I was too damn sick to give a damn if they did.

Mr. Whitman describes not being able to keep up on the march to Fort Stanley, due to malaria induced fatigue. He describes being shot at, but not caring because he is so ill.

Allan Whitman

Allan Whitman was born in Bridgeville, Manitoba on February 21, 1921. His father ran a general store in which he also worked. Feeling it was his duty, Mr. Whitman enlisted with the Winnipeg Grenadiers in September, 1939 and trained at Minto and Tuxedo Barracks. In Hong Kong, he fought in D Company until his capture. Mr. Whitman became ill with dysentery, and later beri-beri, the debilitating effects of which kept him in hospital in Hong Kong until the war ended.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Allan Whitman
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Hong Kong
Winnipeg Grenadiers

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