Gordon was posted back to Lochwinnoch and given some new kit and then sent on to a small depot near Loch Ewe where he was placed in charge of the mess. It was January and really cold with their breath freezing on their blankets but at least they were allowed a daily rum ration. It was still a welcome break before returning to the Atlantic again for a grain run from Montreal to Hull.
They were in mid ocean during VE day,8th May 1945 and only knew of the celebrations when they stepped ashore.

He was then sent to a transit camp in Scotland to await demobilisation and he was obviously trusted as he was given charge of the camp cash with no supervision. He was to pay out back pay to troops returning from the Far East and elsewhere who hadn’t received money for months. It was a very different job from watching for enemy submarines and aircraft, stripping down, cleaning and re-assembling guns that were covered in sea spray. He knew he was fortunate to survive all the experiences and didn’t want to see a gun again.

He returned to the bank on an increased salary of £360 per annum.


Military Conduct: Exemplary.
Sergeant Hulland has served under my command for 4 years. Sober, honest and trustworthy, he is most reliable and at all times carried out his duties efficiently. Possesses a good knowledge of administration. I have no hesitation in recommending for any position of trust.
J R Dunkeld Lieut. Col (136168)
Cmdg. 1st Regt. Maritime R.A.