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From: patfryk <>
Subject: Re: [ZA-IB] NMC, Egypt WWII
Date: Mon, 03 Dec 2007 20:15:46 +1300
Dear James, What a lovely letter. No I did not know your uncle. I was
stationed at the NMC Pay Corps at Welgedacht just outside Springs. Yes I am
writing an account of my 4 years in the Army and will certainly send you a
copy. Your uncle and I are just about the same age.
Oh his Xosa would have been wonderful.
I will tell you off list. Too long for this.
From: "James Anderson" <>
Sent: Monday, December 03, 2007 4:20 PM
Subject: [ZA-IB] NMC, Egypt WWII
> Dear Pat,
> Do you perhaps remember my uncle, Lieutenant Basil Ashington of the NMC?
> He joined the Natal Mounted Rifles in about 1940, but was quickly attached
> to the NMC for the duration. Coming from Mount Frere in the Transkei, and
> Kokstad, he was an outstanding Xhosa linguist, so his skills were
> utilized. He spent the whole war in Egypt with the NMC, from about
> 1941-1945. He was a wonderful man and died last year aged 84. Have you
> perhaps written your memoirs of the war years Pat? If so I would love to
> get a copy of them.
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