A Christmas-leave story from Danny Arntsen of Delisle, Sask.:
I was orderly sergeant at Debert, N.S., when the regimental sergeant major asked my advice about a telegram he had just received from my friend Blacky.
The telegram said: “Please grant three-day extension of leave. Sister in hospital.”
I assured the RSM my friend wouldn’t lie and the extension was granted.
When Blacky got back to camp I asked him how his sister was getting along.
“Oh, she’s still in hospital,” he said. “She’s a nurse.”