Transcript: People of Ontario: War Memories of the Hasty P's | 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 caption reads “The bitter with the sweet.”

The caption changes to “Ross Bullied and Archie Grier.”

Ross is in his mid-seventies, clean-shaven and balding. He wears glasses, gray trousers, a black suit jacket with a badge and several decorations, white shirt, a blue and orange striped tie and a red cap with a badge.

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

Ross says WE WERE BOTH IN THE SAME
COMPANY, IN B COMPANY,
IN HASTINGS PRINCE EDWARD.
AND WE WERE IN THE
SAME PLATOON.
WE JUST BECAME FRIENDS, AND
WE'VE BEEN FRIENDS EVER SINCE.

An old picture shows Archie and Ross posing with a statue of an Indian.

Ross says WE WERE IN THE INFANTRY,
AND WE WERE, LIKE, WHAT
THEY CALL FOOT SOLDIERS,
HAND-TO-HAND FIGHTING
AND WHATNOT.
I WAS WOUNDED ONCE.
I HAD A SHELL LIGHT
RIGHT BESIDE MY FEET.
BLEW MY BOOT RIGHT OFF.
CUT MY FOOT A LITTLE BIT,
BUT IT WASN'T TOO BAD.
BUT IT BLEW MY BOOT
COMPLETELY OFF MY FOOT.

Archie says I WAS WOUNDED IN A PLACE
CALLED ORTONA, IN ITALY.
JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS.
SO LIKE I WASN'T THERE
WHEN WE WENT INTO THE
TOWN ITSELF BECAUSE I WAS
TAKEN OUT AS A CASUALTY.
AND I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL
FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS.
BECAUSE MY WOUNDS
WOULDN'T HEAL.
AND I HAD A HARD TIME, YOU
KNOW, GETTING THEM HEALED.
SO I LOST TRACK OF ROSS.
AFTER THAT I DIDN'T
WORRY ABOUT IT.

Ross says I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL
AT THAT SAME TIME,
BUT I WAS IN WITH
MALARIA FEVER,
AND I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL
FOR... OH, IT WAS
OVER A MONTH.
AND MY BROTHER WAS KILLED
WITH THE REGIMENT WHILE
I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL.
HE WAS KILLED JUST
OUTSIDE OF ORTONA.
OUR PADRE CAME TO THE
HOSPITAL AND TOLD ME.
PADRE GOFORTH.

Archie says WE HAD SOME GOOD TIMES
OVER THERE, AND WE HAD
SOME BAD ONES.
I MEAN THERE WERE GOOD TIMES --
I WOULD SAY MYSELF, I THINK
ROSS WILL VOUCH FOR THAT IS WHEN
WE WERE IN ENGLAND TRAINING.

Ross says IT'S A GOOD THING WE
DID HAVE SOME GOOD TIMES.
BECAUSE IF YOU HAD NOTHING
BUT BAD TIMES TO THINK OF...
YOU'D GO CRAZY.

Archie says WELL, THE OLD SAYING
IS YOU GOTTA TAKE
THE BITTER WITH THE SWEET.
YOU CAN'T HAVE ALL SWEET STUFF
AND NOTHING ELSE GO WITH IT.
BEING YOUNG AND YOU GET
OVER IN ENGLAND THERE,
YOU'RE GOING TO MEET A
HONEY OVER THERE, A GIRL.
SO YOU HAVE A GOOD TIME.

Ross says THAT'S WHERE YOU
SPEAK FOR YOURSELF.
[laughing]

Archie says LIKE WE WERE...
YOU MIGHT SAY DEDICATED
TO THE REGIMENT.
I MEAN WE HAVE A MOTTO
THAT SAYS ONCE A HASTY P,
ALWAYS A HASTY P.
AND THIS IS QUITE TRUE.
AND ANGUS DUFFY'S GOT A
BOOK OUT, AND IT'S CALLED
DUFFY'S REGIMENT.
WELL, IT'S MY REGIMENT, TOO.
I THOUGHT A LOT OF IT.
IF I HAD TO DO OVER AGAIN,
AND I WAS A YOUNG LAD,
I'D DO THE SAME THING.
I'D DO THE SAME THING AGAIN.
BECAUSE THERE'S NO REGIMENT
IN CANADA ANY BETTER
THAN OUR OUTFIT.

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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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