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:

Shot again

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.

Sept 10-43

…..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 week before he was wounded in Sicily.

…..One suspects that Tommy was not really serious about his lofty military career plans. He never became a general, which suited his family just fine. It probably suited the Canadian army well, too.

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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:

leave planNotice that married men were given preference. Lucky for Tommy–he had been shot a couple of times. Soldiers got extra credit for getting wounded.

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The Drive North to Rimini – September 1944

The Drive North to Rimini 09 23 44

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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.

Canadians Hitler Line Feat 06 05 44

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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 in 2008. That was how Tommy learned, 65 years later, that he had, indeed, killed the two German machine-gunners.

Tommy is wounded near Campobasso

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Fighting Near Ortona

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

at Ortona

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Monty Praises Canadian Soldiers

Monty credits Canadians

Flanked Mt. Etna

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Training for Invasion

 

07 15 43 An Amazing Army

extensive invasion practice

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Canadians Land in Sicily – July 10, 1943

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

07 10 43

Ahead of Schedule 1 07 12 43Ahead of Schedule 2 07 12 43

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