"It was Heaven"
In late 1943 my father volunteered for two more years of service with the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve. As in 1941 he also then volunteered to be a part of Combined Operations, and perhaps because he had already served two years of HO, or Hostilities Only, he was assigned to H.
H is not an official designation. However, my father describes his next placement - in Comox, Vancouver Island, 1944 - 45 - as Heaven.
["Doug Harrison and Chuck Rose in their Navy ball uniform"]
["Dad and Combined Ops chums on The Spit, Comox"]
In May, 2012 while in Comox, I met Maddie Hodgson, the wife of the late George Hodgson, Dad's former and perhaps favourite baseball coach. Maddie Hodgson recognized a photo of Doug immediately. "There's Dougie. He had such lovely red hair," she said.
While in Comox I also walked the beach along one side of Goose Spit but was not allowed onto the former Navy grounds. I shall return, because I believe buildings from the 1940s still stand on the present-day military site.
That being said, one last story about father's time in Norwich over Christmas will shortly follow.
Photos by GH
Please click here to read Dad's Navy Days: December, 1943 - All for the love of a good ship? (22)