Holland August September 1945. I suppose in hind sight the months that we spent in Holland after the cease fire went pretty well. We now knew that any available troop transport home was still being used primarily by the Americans to get almost a million and a half troops home, then to the far east. Capt Weir and his lady Pat were married on Doug's first leave from Belgium. Pat was an officer in the ATS.
The Weirs are both alive and well, having celebrated their 58th anniversary this past spring. Now back to Holland. Doug Weir was now a major and he recalls being billeted in a private house in Winschoten. Here he says he was treated like a king and had an egg for breakfast with the trimmings, a far cry from dehydrated mutton from a mess tin that we were all used to.
Major Doug Weir is the only surviving officer of the original 60/76th Battery and one of three surviving officers of the original regimental officers, Brig Gen Brown and JL Wallace are the other two .
Seeing these are my memories I can back track or what ever. The three mentioned survivors had the respect of all the ranks that knew and remember them. Doug Weir was the youngest of the three who joined at 19 years old as a 2/Lt and rose to the rank of major at the young age of 25. Was and still is, using the phrase, an officer and a gentleman. I will complete this another day. Oh yes, Doug Weir and I were never in the same troop but his reputation with all that knew him was outstanding. So I had to write about him.