Seventy Eight years ago on 28 August 1939
From the War Diaries of 85 Heavy Battery, RCA CASF a sub-unit of the 15th (Vancouver) Coast Brigade RCA
28 August 1939 – Vancouver
Men given time off to clear up private affairs.
1800 – Battery parade for volunteers proceeding to York Island.
Parade consisted of Capt. Guernsey, Capt. Jorgensen, 2/Lt. Mulhern, 50 O.R.s 85th Hvy. Bty. And 2 O.R.s 10th Fort. Sig. Coy.
Major. H.H. Pitts, RCAMC, was detailed as Medical Officer.
1830 – Inspection by Lt.Col. G.Y.L. Crossley
1900 – Inspection by Col. H.F.G. Letson
2000 – Embussed in two busses, and proceeded to Ballantyne Pier.
2030 – Embarked on H.M.C.S. Comox – Loaded baggage and small stores and lunches.
Friends, relatives came to wharf for farewells.
2100 – H.M.C.S. Comox, Lt. Comdr. Soulsby, sailed from Vancouver Harbour en route to York Island.
Troops slept on deck and below deck.
Weather : Raining