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The arm had been set and the greenstick fracture had a splint, so back I went to the farm. After a few days I returned to Durban and on 23 September 1942 was put ashore on medical grounds, having been paid off from the Revenge and billeted in Fleet House. I had to go from there to the Addington Hospital where the nurses used to hang a small weight on my right hand to try and straighten it. Gradually I managed to almost completely straighten my arm but it has never been quite as good as it was originally.

Two of my men came ashore with me in the dinghy and we wandered into the countryside, not knowing what to expect. We came across a small Italian farmhouse and roused the occupants. A very frightened woman appeared, whispered ‘Tedeschi’ to us, and pointed to behind the house. Obviously some Germans had bedded down there for the night. We said ‘Grazie’ to the woman, and crept back to the MAS. We noticed that the riverbeds up the coast were dry and formed an obvious area British escaped prisoners of war could use to come down before boarding their rescue craft.

Dick was convalescing from lung damage sustained at Tobruk. 18 On the ship’s arrival I took Dick to the admiral’s office, and we both knocked and went in. ’ ‘Oh,’ he said, ‘I am sorry to lose you, have a good trip’, and off we went. We sailed well out into the Atlantic and eventually turned eastwards, docking at Liverpool. indd 21 08/05/2013 11:50:37 through Albert’s eyes a long bag of sugar to take home with me as I knew there would be little in England. ’ The bag had a slit in it and the sugar was starting to trickle on to the quay.

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