"I've ridden in hospital cars and I've ridden ' in' them."
As simply as that does R. Winslow, 775 Versailles Street, a porter on one of the four Canadian Pacific Railway hospital cars now carrying wounded veterans from the European battlefronts, explain that he knows his business both from the patient's and the porter's end.
A veteran of nearly five years' Great War service and almost a year's hospitalization for head and leg wounds after Vimy Ridge and Amiens, Winslow is one of four wounded war veterans assigned by the
C.P.R. to hospital car service from the east coast to Vancouver.
He enlisted in 1914 with the engineers at Woodstock, N.B., and transferred in 1915 to the Queen's Own Rifles of Toronto with which he was wounded.
The other hospital car porters are Sam Morgan, 779 Second Avenue, Verdun; and Jean Napoleon Maurice, 1087 Ste-Elizabeth Street, and James E. Thompson, 116-C Dorchester Street West
Between them, the four have 22 years of service in two wars with Morgan having served in both this war and the last one and spent seven months as a German prisoner 0 after the fall of France in 1940, when he stayed behind "to do a job" after the unit he was with had been evacuated.
Morgan got away from the Nazis (he won't say how) and was on hand at
Dieppe to pick up five bullets in his right leg to go with face, hand and hip wounds suffered in the Great War at the Second Battle of Ypres with the 48th Highlanders of Toronto which he joined in 1914. At Dieppe he was with Field Security. He started with the Signal Corps at Toronto in 1939 and transferred to the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment.
Maurice was in the current conflict from 1940 until June of this year, first as a signaller transmitting orders in French to the Fusiliers Mont-Royal at Dieppe and then with the Royal 22nd Regiment in Sicily and
Italy. Nicked in the forehead at Dieppe he was stopped last December at St. Petro in Italy by a bullet which paralyzed his left upper arm.
Thompson is a casualty of London's "big blitz." Nerves in his eyes were affected by the explosion of a land mine in London in May 1941, when he was on leave. He was discharged with impaired vision in November 1943, four years after his enlistment here with the Signal Corps.
The four of them are booked out on their runs by W.A. Gough sleeping and dining car agent at Windsor Station, a veteran of the Boer War, who is highly pleased at being able to put former casualties who have a bond with their passengers on these cars carrying war-wounded.
Later on, he hopes to get more like them to look after six more cars now under construction at the C.P.R.'s Angus Shops here for addition to the fleet of hospitals on wheels.