Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Memory Project, Eyres, Ardwell, H

1943 to 1946: Ardwell H.Eyres was born in Cameron, Ontario, on 29 Apr 1924. He joined the army at College and Yonge St. on 29 Apr 1943; underwent Basic Training in Newmarket, Ontario;  was sent to the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, Vimy Barracks, Kingston, Ontario; and then  to Halifax, Nova Scotia to the Embarkation Transit Unit on 12 May 1944. He left Halifax on the Lady Nelson hospital ship on 31 May 1944 and made one round trip to Liverpool, England. He left Halifax for New York, on 10 Aug 1944, and boarded the troopship Ile de France, No. 10 Ship Staff. He sailed from Pier 92 with Bing Crosby aboard, plus about ten thousand US military. He arrived in Gurock, Scotland on 11 Nov  1944. He made about fifteen round trips on the Ile de France. He ran the triangle: New York, Pier 92, Halifax Pier 21. He made one trip from Boston to Gurock, Scotland, where we swung on the hook. He made one trip to Southamton, England.These trips averaged about nine days per crossing.  He left the Ile de France on 5 Oct 1945, and was discharged in Toronto on 29 Apr 1946.

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