Transcript: People of Ontario: War Memories-Hasty P's - The Lighter Sid | Jan 16, 1990

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[explosions]

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 to “Looking at the lighter side” against a table with a map, poker cards and a cigarette on.

An old picture of a regiment appears on screen.

The caption changes to “Lyle Emigh.”

Lyle is in his late seventies, with short wavy white hair and a moustache. He wears gray trousers, a black suit jacket with a pin, a white shirt, a gray sweater vest and a blue and orange striped tie.

He says IT WAS STARTING TO
GET DARK THEN,
BUT WE WENT, OH, ABOUT
A HUNDRED YARDS PASSED
THE CAVE, THEN WE WALKED
BACKWARDS TO IT
AND CRAWLED INTO IT.
AND THEM GERMANS COME
DOWN BOTH SIDES
OF THE GULLY.
WE COULD HEAR 'EM
YELLING ACROSS TO EACH OTHER,
BUT NOBODY COME DOWN THE GULLY
FOLLOWING OUR TRACKS.
THAT'S THE ONLY THING
THAT SAVED OUR BACON
WAS THEM GUYS GOING
THROUGH THERE, BOY.
AND THEN WE WERE IN
THERE ALL NIGHT.
KEITH'S STOMACH WOULD
GROWL, I WOULD SWEAR
SOMEBODY WAS SITTING
RIGHT OUTSIDE THAT CAVE.
AND I KNOW MY STOMACH
WAS GROWLING, AND HE WAS
PROBABLY THINKING
THE SAME THING.
AND WE LAID THERE
ALL NIGHT LONG.
YOU COULD HEAR OUR
STOMACHS GROWLING,
AND WE DIDN'T KNOW WHETHER
TO SAY ANYTHING OR NOT.

A black and white picture of a young man appears with the caption “Major Bill Graydon.”

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.

He says WE WERE GOING INTO
FLORENCE, AND WE WERE
TAKING OVER FROM THE
SOUTH AFRICAN BATTALION,
THE WITWATERSRAND BATTALION.
AND WE RELIEVED THEM
AND LINED UP ALONG THE
ARNO RIVER IN FLORENCE,
AND WE WERE TOLD THAT
IT WAS AN OPEN CITY.
THAT WE COULDN'T FIRE.
ONLY SMALL ARMS FIRE
OR PISTOL FIRE.
AND THE GERMANS WERE
ON THE OTHER SIDE
OF THE RIVER LOOKING
AT US, AND THEY FIRED
EVERYTHING THEY HAD AND
WERE CAPABLE OF HAVING.
THEY FIRED GUNS AND
MORTARS AND EVERYTHING.
SO WE HAD ONE CHAP IN
THE PLATOON THEY SAID
UNDER THE GENEVA CONVENTION
YOU CAN'T FIRE.
SO HE DECIDES HE'S GOING
FOR A SWIM IN THE ARNO RIVER.

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 says SO THIS WAS NO-MAN'S LAND
IN EFFECT, SO HE GOES
OUT AND GOES DOWN
AND GOES SWIMMING.
AND THEY OPENED
UP FIRE ON HIM.
SO HE CLIMBS OUT
AND COMES BACK
AND GOES INTO THE COMPANY
HEADQUARTERS AND WANTS TO
LAY A COMPLAINT WITH
THE GENEVA CONVENTION
THAT HE WAS IN SWIMMING
AND THEY FIRED AT HIM.
NOT AMUSING THINGS HAPPENED.

Angus laughs.

An old picture of a young soldier appears with the caption “CSM George POnsford.”

George is now in his late seventies, with short wavy white hair and a moustache. He wears gray trousers, a black suit jacket with a badge, a white shirt, a gray sweater vest and a blue and orange striped tie.

He says I'D SAY IT WOULD BE
CHRISTMAS '42-'43.
WE WERE CHASING IMAGINARY
GERMANS UP THERE IN SCOTLAND
ON THE DUKE OF ARGYLL'S
ESTATE AT INVERARAY.
AND SOME DAMN FOOL CHUCKED A
HAND GRENADE INTO THE STREAM
AND GOT HIMSELF A FEW TROUT,
AND THE REGIMENT HAD TO
PAY FOR IT.
I DIDN'T WANT
TO PAY FOR IT.
AND THEN SOMEONE ELSE TOOK
A POT SHOT AT ONE OF THE...
DEER RUNNING AROUND UP THERE.
WE CALL THEM BUCK,
DEER UP THERE.
AND WE HAD TO PAY
FOR THAT, TOO.
I THOUGHT IT WAS
A BIT ROUGH.
SAME TYPE OF THING,
WHEN WE WERE TRAINING
DOWN ON THE SOUTH COAST
OF ENGLAND -- WHERE ARE
WE NOW? -- WE'RE IN CANADA.
THE SOUTH COAST OF
ENGLAND, MIDDLETON,
THERE WAS A GREAT
BIG FIELD OF MANGOLDS.
AND THIS MANGOLD FIELD
WAS FULL OF PHEASANTS.
BOY, YOU KNOW, CANADIANS
COULDN'T RESIST THOSE...
AND THEY WERE POPPING
OFF THESE PHEASANTS.
WITH A .303 IT'S
PRETTY GOOD SHOOTING.
BUT ANYWAY, JIM HEDGES,
MY QUARTERMASTER, HE WAS
DRIVING ALONG IN A TRUCK
AND HE SHOT THE HEAD
OFF A PHEASANT.
ANYWAY, BY AND BY,
WE GOT A LETTER FROM
LORD MOYNES WHO
OWNED THIS THING.
HE SAID I DON'T MIND YOU
PEOPLE TAKING THE PHEASANTS,
PYGMALION LIAR, BUT HE SAID
I THINK IT'S AN AWFUL WASTE
OF GOVERNMENT AMMUNITION.
[chuckling]

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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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