All this may not be as it actually happened but at least it happened.
Trade schools were set up in the school our Battery were billeted in. Also Lt Alex Ross, if memory correct, was looking after a school for the troops in Gronigen. A motor mechanic school was established in Gronigen. Here Jack Parr and some of the other transport people gave instruction.
Somewhere in this state of upheaval I along with twenty or thirty other ranks went to a town called Deventer to have a vehicle park guard for a 2nd Corps unit, the 12th Manitoba Dragoons. How we were picked to do this duty I will never know. I think that most of their personnel except for a few Sergeants had been sent to the Army of Occupation in Germany. More of our long service married men were sent to England on drafts hopefully for a quick trip home. But transport home did not come soon as most of the large troop ships were transporting the American forces home so they could be sent to the far east.
In the interim fellows like Lloyd Fraser and Eugene Agrette were enjoying the good life at a racing stable and getting some jockey training. I do not think Lloyd followed the jockey career after he came home. Lloyd still marvels at the beautiful horses this stable had and the racing fever the Dutch enjoyed.
Now that I have mentioned Lloyd, I will tell you how he and Roy Childs returned to Canada. Lloyd and Roy arrived in England either just at the time of the Aldershot riot or after it and troops were being sent out of England as quickly as possible. Lloyd and Roy had a speedy trip home along with twenty more soldiers on a Canadian destroyer, fast and rough, but HOME.
The rest of us were still in Holland and would be for quite some time. The parties, the dances, movies, the Dutch girls and the hospitality of the Dutch community made time go by. Yes there was a lot of escapades that happened in this town.
Roy Childs told me that here in Winschoten one of the quarter masters that was not liked by any of the gunners was knocked on the head with a pick handle, sent to hospital and never returned to the unit. This resulted in Sgt Jim Jessup being promoted to quartermaster Sgt. He did a good job in his new role. Jim Jessup is in his late eighties and lives in BC. Accidents happened here and Jack Beckwith was shot in the knee by Bill Strickland doing the fast draw act with his revolver. It fired hitting Jack in the knee. This knee bothered Jack all his life. Jack Beckwith drowned at a family holiday few years ago. RIP old friend. Since writing Jimmy Jessup has passed away. RIP old friends .