FAR AWAY BUT CLOSE TO HOME - VETERANS STORIES 2
Siege : With enemies all around stopping you getting supplies.
Bully beef : Corned beef, in cans.
Leper : Someone with the nerve disease Leprosy.
Colony : Place where a group of the same kind of people live.
Malta was really under siege. We supplied Malta with food. We could carry all sorts of relief stores. We had all the weight of the mines we laid to make up for. We took huge amounts of canned milk and stuff. Beans, bully beef and canned milk we lashed into the casing where the mines went. They would not be affected by the sea water. We did this every trip. Malta was an unbelievable place to stay. Some of us stayed in the Lazaretto. That was the old leper colony, and some men were based there.
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