Category Archives: Tommy

And Shot Again! – Published November 19, 1943

On October 4, 1943, Tommy is wounded again, this time in Italy. Here’s the report in the Toronto newspaper: Once again, of course, his age as reported here is incorrect. Tommy was only twenty years old at the time.

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Tommy Gets Shot – Published September 10, 1943

…..Here’s how the Toronto newspaper reported the wounds Tommy sustained in Sicily. …..Because Tommy claimed to be eighteen in order to join the army in 1939, his age as reported here was incorrect. He had actually turned twenty only a … Continue reading

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Plan for Leave – November 1944

This is the plan under which Tommy left the front for home in time for Christmas 1944: Notice that married men were given preference. Lucky for Tommy–he had been shot a couple of times. Soldiers got extra credit for getting … Continue reading

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Canadians Break Through the Hitler Line – May 1944

Praise for Canadian regiments (including Tommy and the 48th Highlanders) who smashed through the German Hitler Line on May 24, 1944, pushing towards Rome.

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Wounded Near Campobasso, October 1943

The sergeant and private mentioned in this article were actually a corporal and a batman. The batman died, and the corporal was Tommy, who got shot in the shoulder.  I turned up this article in my research on Dodging Shells … Continue reading

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Fighting Near Ortona

Battleground around ‘Cemetery Hill’, where Tommy spent a grim Christmas in 1943.

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Canadians Land in Sicily – July 10, 1943

Tommy was among the first troops to land on the beach in Sicily

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Kathy’s Letters

Dodging Shells  gave you Tommy’s letters to his twin sister Kathy. Kathy, of course, replied. For those who want to read what was going on in Toronto during the war, you can Kathy’s entertaining letters to her brother at the … Continue reading

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December 13, 1944 – ends the last letter

(Dodging Shells gave you Tommy’s letters to his sister, from the front. This is the end of the last of Kathy’s letters in response, telling of life in wartime Toronto.) …..I heard today that a couple of the other girls … Continue reading

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December 13, 1944 – Part 1

(Dodging Shells gave you Tommy’s letters to his sister, from the front. Kathy’s letters in response tell of life in wartime Toronto.) December 13, 1944 Dear Tommy, …..The most horrendous blizzard hit Toronto a couple of days ago. We’re snowed … Continue reading

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