In the summer of 1979, I did the Summer Recruit Training Program with my unit of the Canadian Forces Reserve, the Lorne Scots, Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment. Back then we called it “the militia”, but living in the US has ruined that word for me.
In what is for me a stunning bit of foresight, I wrote down the names and in some cases a parenthetical remark in a sheet of paper that was tucked in the back of the picture frame. Too bad I don’t remember what most of those remarks mean and which ones were meant fondly and which were meant in malice. Also too bad that my handwriting is so awful. Also, I don’t always have first names. That could indicate that it wrote it down some time after the summer was over, when I would have had very little contact with people in the other companies. Anywhere, here is what I can decipher:
|Silversides||Charlie Robertson (I wish I was in Dixie)||Rich Aselton (Ok, security up)||Wayne Gail (but I can’t get it up)||Pete Slavin (yey-hey-hey)|
|Tom Brudlo (Solar energy, man)||Rick Shepard (mentally unstable)||Dave Seaman (sloth)||Val Smith (CO’s daughter)||Steve Vandereyken (Get off my bike)||Bill Rosmus (where’s my helmet)||Scott Crowley (Black is beautiful)||M/CPL Brian Letham||Cortnage (Lips)|
|Millage (Buddy fucker)||Andy Thompson||Dave Vella||Mike Jochim (hey wow, man)||Alex McKelvey (Load)||ME||Gauthier (‘ello dere)||Malcolm Thompson (Bruce Lee)|
|Mackenzie (you bag)||Elliot (Super bag)||Terry White (even worse)||Stew Campell (Gung-ho)||Coulter (runner)||Tim Markow (piece of shit)||Brian Bristol||Jim Dawson (strange person)||Keith Ewing (Smoke drugs, be happy)|
|CPL Carmen Macpherson||M/CPL Stewart Sherriff (All right, listen up)||LT Peter Sanderson (What do I do next?)||SGT Gary Ewing (I can do it, you can)||CPL Larry Taylor (piece of piss, eh?)||CPL Geoff Smith (CO’s son)||CPL Nick Russon (loses breech blocks)|
Update Not sure why I wrote “Peel, Halton and Brampton” when I’m almost sure it was “Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment”.