Week 4 – First Year @ RMC – Extracts from 1949 Diary: 3069 W. A. McColl

Model 95 Polaroid Camera (1948-1953)


A Few Interesting Things About the World in 1949:

• The Fourth Geneva Convention whose articles extensively defined the basic rights of prisoners (civil and military) during war; established protections for the wounded; and established protections for the civilians in and around a war zone.

• South Africa makes apartheid an official policy.

• The first Polaroid cameras were sold, costing $89.95.

• The Volkswagen Beetle is sold in North America for the first time; it had initially been developed by the Nazi regime during the second World War.

• Sigourney Weaver, an actress best known for her role in the film, Alien, is born on October 8th.


Week 4 at RMC for 3069 W.A. McColl:

Oct. 3 – 1949: All cadets ran the Harriers Race today – 3 miles. Andy came in 12th and made the team. Fritz came 2nd, Bowes 1st. Our squadron came 3rd. I came in 44th, dead beat. At any rate I got in ahead of Conrad. Had first chemistry lab period – we have a swell lab.

Oct. 4 – 1949: Andy, Bob and I are all on fire picket. It’s alright because I got off defaulters. Prof Fisher held a meeting to get the “Review” organized. Saw through the office and the big scrap book. They have a swell set-up.

Oct. 5 – 1949: Rugby team played a Queen’s intermediate team and beat them 13-0. Bud got a touchdown. Now Corporal Ward tells me that the army won’t buy the glasses for me, the blockhead! Had heel & toe marching again.

Oct. 7 – 1949: Went to Kingston and got examined. They will be ready next Sat. I contacted Bob Smith but he is back home. Got a basket of apples. It feels strange to be in civies.

Oct. 8 – 1949: This morning all the officers went through our rooms. Maj. Featherstone inspected my gear and found the apples. Apparently someone had his swatch stolen. Got my inking done in drafting. Poor Dick Day had a fly land on his drawing with ink on its feet.

Oct. 9 – 1949: We had the preliminary heats for the field day. Our sqn. Lost the tug-of-war after quite a battle. I ran the 440 and mile. Came 3rd in the mile – Andy beat me by about 6 inches. Fritz came first easily. Bary Herhus won the 440 hands down. After, we explored the Martello Tower and found the staircase up to the top. It’s a lovely view. Another Pop Concert. There’s a lot of shenanigans going on in the dorms tonight.  MacLachlan lost his bed (it was dismantled and put in the john).

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