Lindsay boys delighted to get back from Jamaica
"It sure is a treat to get back,” said Lance-Cpl. Charles Growden, one of eight Lindsay men in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders just returned from Jamaica.
"After experiencing a climate where the temperature hovered between 80 and 100 and over at times, it was like taking a dip in the Arctic ocean when we arrived at Niagara-on-the Lake. We had to don underwear and heavy khaki clothes. We almost froze.
"Our trip was rather uneventful but we knew something was up one morning when we were ordered to man the guns. Later we were told an enemy sub had been sighted 200 yards away.”
Speaking of Jamaicans, Lance-Cpl. Growden said, “they are faily hospitable, although it seemed to us that many deeply coloured Jamaica boys did not take any too kindly to us. It seemed that they had an old grudge against the whites, dating away back to the days of slavery. For the most part, however, they were friendly. Funny thing most of these people are inky-black, while others are almost as white as we were after we got our Jamaica tan. Some had Scottish names like McGregor, McPherson, and McTavish. This is due to the fact that those names were adopted by the slaves after securing their freedom.
"It’s beautiful summer weather in Jamaica the year round, with lots of rain – sometimes incessant rain for many days. Last Christmas day when you in Lindsay had so much deep snow I was enjoying a swim in this big outdoor reservoir at our camp.”