Discussion in 'The Barracks' started by morse1001, Aug 16, 2007.
Many happy returns of the day! hope you have a good birthday
Happy Birthday Ron.
21 again! ( for the 4th time.)
Morse & Owen
Many thanks for that !
Funny...I don't feel a day older than 83
Happy birthday Ron.
Out to dinner, then off to the pictures?
Actually lunch followed by a DVD at home !
Whilst writing thought you might like to see this:
Wednesday 16th. August 1944:
My 21st Birthday.
To and from camp in the morning collecting mail for advance party. Trouble with jeep. At 7.30 pm drove Major Mouland & Mr.Bark to Alexandria. Drove back at 10pm.
My Division, the 78th British Infantry Div, had been pulled out of the line in Italy and sent to Egypt for a month's rest & re-equipment. My unit, the 49th LAA, was the advance party and we were under canvas at Ikingi.
The wireless net had been closed down and I was appointed temporary Jeep driver to the CO.
As part of my duties, I had just dropped him and Lt.Bark off in Alexandria and was killing time before picking them up for the trip back to camp.
My diary reminded me it was my 21st Birthday and I was determined to have at least one drink to mark the occasion so, after parking the Jeep in a safe compound, I found a bar and celebrated by having a drink or two with a friendly American seaman.
The seaman at the bar, John Merry of 383O North Carmac St Philadelphia, USA, was a cook and crew member of a Liberty ship called the SS Homer Lee, then anchored in the harbour awaiting instructions.
By one of those remarkable coincidences that used to occur in wartime when, at the end of our stay in Egypt, we boarded ship for our return to Italy the ship turned out to be, yes, you've guessed it, the afore-mentioned Homer Lee and as a result I had the pleasure of access to the crews' quarters and my immediate friends and I enjoyed some smashing food !.
Happy Birthday Ron, hope you have a good 'un
Happy Birthday Ron - and thanks for sharing that diary extract with us.
Thanks for your good wishes
And for your's Paul, as for the Diary, you know I'm always glad of a chance to shake the dust out of it
Happy birthday Ron :group2:
Baloons as well, I'm flattered !
Very best wishes for a Happy Birthday.
Hope you enjoy that meal and DVD.
p.s. not sure that I can do balloons - :group2: oh yes I can!
Happy birthday Ron!
Many thanks, and your ballons are also welcome
And thank you, kind Sir !
Ron, Happy Birthday day and 84 years young too!!! That diary is a treasure and the extracts are always worthy of attention.
Have a great day and many more of them on this board with us!!
Many Happy Returns!
Hope the sun's shing for you!
Cheers Ron. Happy birthday now stop having them.
Dear Gothard, Steve W & fellow vet Sapper
Along with the other nice folk on this site I do very much appreciate your Birthday wishes and, sorry Sapper, I intend to carry on with my annual shindig....my motto is any excuse for a party
Happy Birthday, Ron. Hope it's a little more sedate, and a lot more fun, than your 21st.
My most sincere wishes of a happy birthday, Ron.
Whenever I see your nam in purple on the left side I know I can expect an interesting post. Thank you very much!
Happy B'day Ron. Hope you have a good'n sir.
Bet you were glad you'd bumped into that Seaman on yer b'day. bet your mates were too!
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