Transcript: People of Ontario: War Memories of the Hasty P's, Part 2 | Jan 16, 1990

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Fast clips show old images of war.

War memorabilia appears on screen. An old map with Holland also appears. An old edition of the Toronto Daily Star appears with the headline “Cost 25,000 men to take Sicily.”

A fast clip shows images of the musical score of “Bless’em all” and books about war.

The title “War Memories of the Hasty P’s. The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment” appears on screen against the cap badge of The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment.

A black and white picture of a regiment of soldiers appears with the caption “A special bond.”

The caption changes to “Angus Duffy and Bill Graydon.”

Angus is in his late seventies, clean-shaven and balding. He wears glasses, gray trousers, a black suit jacket with a badge, white shirt and a blue and orange striped tie.

Bill is in his late seventies, clean-shaven and with short wavy white hair. He wears gray trousers, a black suit jacket with a badge, white shirt and a blue and orange striped tie.

Angus says WELL, WE WERE A
MILITIA REGIMENT
AND WE HAD PRETTY
HIGH STANDARDS.
WE HAD EXCELLENT,
WELL-TRAINED OFFICERS
AND A GOOD MORALE AND WE WERE
THE SECOND MILITIA REGIMENT
CALLED UP TO SERVICE AND
THAT WAS 2ND OF DECEMBER.
AND OUR STRENGTH WAS
ABOUT 200 PEOPLE.
AND OUR ORDERS WERE TO
RECRUIT UP TO 900 PEOPLE.
AND IT WAS A BIG, TALL
ORDER BUT WE DID IT
AND WE HAD TREMENDOUS
ENTHUSIASM.
THE YOUNG PEOPLE NOWADAYS
DON'T REALIZE IT BUT,
5 DOLLARS WAS LIKE 500 DOLLARS NOW AND
WE DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH
CAP BADGES FOR
EVERYBODY IN THE REGIMENT,
THAT'S HOW POORLY
EQUIPPED WE WERE.

A red cap with a badge appears on screen.

A metal pin with a legend in Latin appears.

Angus says SO, A FELLA, IN ORDER
TO GET A CAP BADGE,
WOULD PAY FIVE BUCKS
OUT OF HIS POCKET.
AND YOU KNOW, THAT'S REAL
ENTHUSIASM AND WHEN
WE ASSEMBLED IN PICTON THAT
ENTHUSIASM CARRIED ON.
WE HAD SOME GOOD OFFICERS,
THAT WAS IMPORTANT
AND WE HAD A FEW GOOD
NCO'S AND THE MORALE,
WE BUILT IT ON THE THING THAT
THE REGIMENT WAS YOUR HOME,
WAS ALL IMPORTANT AND
IT WOULD PROTECT YOU.
AND STRANGELY ENOUGH,
THE MEN BELIEVED THIS
THROUGHOUT THE WAR.
AND AS LONG AS WE WERE
WITH OUR OWN REGIMENT,
WITH OUR OWN OFFICERS,
WE WERE HAPPY.
THE MEMORIAL OUT
THERE, WE BUILT THAT
OUT OF OUR OWN POCKET.

A fast clip shows images of the memorial. Pictures of 3 officer appear.

Angus says THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO
FOUGHT DURING THE WAR.
AND HE GOT BIG PAY,
5 DOLLARS AND SOME CENTS
AS A COMPANY COMMANDER.
AS A REGIMENTAL SERGEANT
MAJOR I GOT 4.20 DOLLARS.
MOST OF THOSE GUYS OUT
THERE GOT 1.35 DOLLARS A DAY.

Bill says THEY GOT AN INCREASE OF A
BUCK AND A HALF I THINK.

Angus says AND WHEN YOU THINK THEY
GOT OUT OF THE ARMY,
THEY'D FORGET IT,
YOU KNOW.
BUT THAT'S A GOOD THING, IS
THIS COMMON BOND THAT WE HAD.

Bill says YEAH.

Angus says THIS COMRADESHIP.

Bill says WE WERE VERY
SUCCESSFUL, YOU KNOW.

Angus says VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE.

Bill says VERY CLOSE
FAMILY, REALLY.

Angus says BECAUSE YOU KNOW, AFTER
MY NAME, I HAVE CMOCT
AND CD AND
ALL THIS THING.
BUT THE ONE THING I
HAVE BEHIND MY NAME
THAT'S MOST VALUABLE,
THAT I VALUE MORE THAN
ANYTHING ELSE THAT ANYBODY
COULD GIVE ME: PJ,
PLOUGH JOCKEY.
THAT'S THE NICKNAME
FOR A HASTY P'S,
PLOUGH JOCKEYS BECAUSE WE
CAME FROM RURAL AREAS
SO THEY CALLED US
PLOUGH JOCKEYS.
AND THAT'S MY BEST HONOUR
I COULD HAVE IN THIS LIFE,
TO BE CALLED A
PLOUGH JOCKEY.
AND OF COURSE, TO BE
MARRIED TO MY WIFE.

Bill says SEE THEY COME FROM THE FARMS
OF PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY.
THEY CAME FROM THE
MINES IN AND AROUND MADOC
AND THEY CAME UP FROM THE
FORESTS UP AROUND BANCROFT.
SO THE GUYS WERE VERY
RESILIENT AND VERY INDEPENDENT.
AND THEY WERE JUST, JUST
GREAT FOR THAT REASON.
THAT I DON'T SUPPOSE A LOT
OF THEM HAD EVER BEEN
TO THE CITY BUT, THEY
WERE COUNTRY PEOPLE.
THEY WERE GUYS FROM
THE FARMS AND THINGS.
SO, I TELL YOU, YOU DIDN'T
HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT,
YOU NEVER WENT HUNGRY.
[laughing]

Angus says NO.

Bill says AND THERE WAS
NOTHING WAS EVER DONE
ACCORDING TO WHAT, SHOULD I
SAY, ACCORDING TO THE RULES.

Angus says NO.

Bill says THERE WAS ALWAYS A WAY
OF ACCOMPLISHING THINGS.

Angus says CIRCUMVENTING THE RULES
WAS THE MAIN GAME.

Bill says INITIATIVE.
INNOVATIVE.

Angus says YEAH, YES.
YOU KNOW, LIKE WHAT
HE'S TALKING ABOUT
IS UP IN SCOTLAND WE WERE
DOING THIS COMMANDO TRAINING
AND IT WAS TERRIBLE
STUFF AND ANYWAY,
WHEN WE CAME
DOWN TO ENGLAND,
WHY, SOMEBODY SAW ONE OF OUR
TRUCK DRIVERS UNLOADING
FOUR OR FIVE STEER - WELL
THEY CALL THEM STAGS,
DON'T THEY, DEER OFF
THE LORD MANOR'S -

Bill says DUKE OF
ARGYLE'S ESTATE.

Angus says YES, HIS ESTATE AND
THEY WANTED SALMON
SO THEY DROPPED A HAND
GRENADE IN THE RIVER
BUT WE WERE HUNGRY.
THEY HAD US LIVING ON 12-
OR 1500 CALORIES A DAY.
AND RUNNING ALL DAY
AND NIGHT BUT ANYWAY,
THE BOYS ALWAYS
SHOWED INITIATIVE.
WHICH KEPT THINGS
INTERESTING.

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The end credits roll.

Editors, Jim Crewe and Neill McWilliams.

Producer and director, Inge Johnson.

A production of TV Ontario.

Copyright. The Ontario Authority. 1990.

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