Recorded memoir of John Rex, part 1 of 2 (side A of cassette) (MC 371/882/6/1/1)
Recorded memoir of John Rex, part 1 of 2 (side A of cassette)
1 side of audio cassette
28 Jan 1983
Support and Other Units/987th Military Police Detachment
[00:00-05:00] Describes service as military policeman, 1943-1945 [background noise: clock striking]. Describes journey to England on SS Argentina and arrival at East Harling base, Norfolk. Describes base and volunteering for military police service. [05:00-10:00] Service continued: duties and jeep; leisure time; voluntary service until December 1943 and absorption into 987th Military Police company. Describes 987th company headquarters and training. Mentions American Army Station Hosptial, Morley, Norfolk. Relates memories of East Harling. [10:00-15:00] Comments on depressing things about England including black-outs, bad weather and rationing. Describes relationship of local people with military police. [15:00-20:00] Mentions role of security personnel during war. Comments on places visited outside Norfolk. Anecdote about theft of military police jeep recovered in Bournemouth [Dorset] and remarks on sea bathing in Bournemouth. [20:00-25:00] Describes military police sweep of London, 1944 and VE day in London. Describes Norwich: relationship between British and Americans; Haymarket Theatre; Samson and Hercules club; boating on River Yare; fish and chips and military parades at Carrow Road. Comments on end of his military police service and police headquarters, Rosary Road/Lower Clarence Road, Norwich. [25:00-30:00] Continues about detention centre for soldiers now  La Roen restaurant. Describes journey back to United States and impact of departure of Americans on Norwich. Mentions girls he met in Norfolk. For continuation recording, see MC 371/882/6/1/2 (on Norfolk Record Office catalogue as not included on this site for rights reasons).