Reconnaissance Journal Vol. 2 No. 1 pp20–21
The 44th near Trieste
The history of the Regt. has been uneventful since the war in Europe ended last May.
We have been employed on routine tasks such as guarding P.O.W., rounding up politicaI suspects, guarding D.P.'s and assisting in the large job of keeping supplies flowing from northern Italy to Austria. We have performed these duties in pleasant surroundings near Trieste.
In spite of our commitments, we have played a great deal of cricket and football and done a lot of running. At cricket and football we have been particularly successful, reaching the final of the Div. knockout at both.
Leave has begun to U.K., and at the time of writing almost half the Regiment are away. This throws extra work on those left, but no one minds that. Nearly all the men who have been overseas between 3 and 3 1/2 years have been on leave, and a start has been made on the 2 1/2 to 3 years' men. The leave system, by road across Europe, is most efficientlyrun and reflects great credit on the organizers.
Changes in officers and men are nearly all caused by the release of men from the service. So far only release groups up to I3 have left us, but very shortly we shall he losing some officers and many men who have been with us since our formation in 1941.
Our Colonel, Lt.-CoI. C. R. Spencer, has returned to England on Python, and at the moment Gyles Longley is commanding — which he has done before in far more difficult conditions.
Our South African officers have nearly all returned tu the Union. We are sorry to see them go, but they have more than earned their release and we hope they will keep as pleasant memories of us as we do of them.
The 'Sheriff,' Sgt. Hills. our Provost Sgt., has left for good to become a civilian, if so straight a back can ever unbend so far.
We send greetings to all other members of the Corps and particularly to all former members of the Regiment.