Joining the ship Dec 1940
We then went to the Isle of Arran where we embarked Commandos,the pick of the British Forces at that time and some of the 0fficers of those Troops had illustrious names,Beatty,Jellicoe,Churchill (Randolph). There were three ships in the Group ,'Glenroy,'"Glenearn" and "Glengyle" Every one earned their keep. They were tough ,'nuts' these Commandos,and they needed to be. Imagine landing in the dark in the middle of winter from a landing craft,freezng water,wet through,boats overturned,rock through bottom etc.get ashore,climb over the mountains with all gear,to pick up the "Glengyle"on the to other side of Island which we had steamed to during the night. They all had to do it,no exception. As soon as the boats were lifted aboard,we set out to make them serviceable for the next training period.,We worked all day and night if required. Cold,one does not know the meaning of being cold,unless you have spent a night under a Landing Craft,in the Davits the snow falling,the wind howling across the Loch Fyne(where the kippers come from) your hands so cold you cannot feel the hammer handle.
Training was completed December 1940 and we went to Scotland prior to sailing overseas. Greenock was our Convoy Point, but Glasgow was our firstpoint of call for Compass checks on the Clyde,and checking deggausing gear. A New Year's Night 'in Scotand,yes Scotsmen know what to do do with their Whiskey. While on the Clyde we picked up a small motor boat,it was going to be our runabout. I said'it was the best thing we had,"as I noticed it was built by Camper & Nicholsons of Gosport,where I had served my Apprenticeship. My 'bragging' about the best built boat on board was quickly silenced when they hoisted her aboard for the second time,( too fast in my opinion) and pulled the lifting gear out of her keel - farewell motor boat - silent John!