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Canadian Army Training Centres of WWII

ALBERTA

No. 131 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Camrose
No. 132 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Grande Prairie
No. 133 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Wetaskiwin
No. 2 Canadian Women’s Army Corps – Vermilion

A20 Royal Canadian Army Service Corps Training Centre – Red Deer

A16 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Calgary

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Officers Training Centre – Gordon Head

No. 110 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Vernon
No. 112 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Camp Chilliwack

A6 Canadian Engineer Training Centre – Camp Chilliwack

MANITOBA
No. 100 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Portage La Prairie
No. 103 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Winnipeg

A3 Canadian Artillery Training Centre – Camp Shilo
A4 Canadian Artillery Training Centre – Brandon

A15 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Camp Shilo

NEW BRUNSWICK
A34 Special Officers Training Centre – Sussex
No. 70 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Fredericton
No. 71 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Edmunston

A30 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Sussex

NOVA SCOITA
No. 60 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Yarmouth
No. 61 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – New Glasgow

A-23 Coast Defence and Anti-Aircraft Artillery Advanced Training Centre – Camp Debert

A14 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Camp Aldershot

ONTARIO
Royal Military College – Kingston
No. 30 Officers’ Training Centre – Brockville (1940-1945)

No. 6 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Stratford (1942-1943)
No. 10 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Kitchener (1940-1943) (re-designated No. 3 CWAC B TC)
No. 11 Non-Permanent Active Militia Training Centre – Woodstock (1940-1941) (re-designated S11 AD&MS)
No. 12 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Chatham (1940-1945)
No. 13 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Listowel (1942-1943) (re-designated No. 3 CAC B TC)
No. 20 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Brantford (1940-1945)
No. 21 Non-Permanent Active Militia Training Centre – Long Branch (1940-1941) (re-designated A25 CSA TC)
No. 23 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Newmarket (1940-1945)
No. 24 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Brampton (1940-1945)
No. 25 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Simcoe (1942-1943)
No. 26 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Orillia (1942-1943) (re-designated No. 26 CAC B TC, then 26 CI B TC)
No. 31 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Cornwall (1940-1944)
No. 32 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Peterborough (1940-1943) (re-designated No. 32 CAMC B TC)
No. 33 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Ottawa (19)
No. 102 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Fort William (1940-1943)

A25 Canadian Army Small Arms Training Centre – Long Branch (1941-1945)

No. 3 Canadian Army Women’s Corps (Basic) Training Centre – Kitchener (1943-1945)

No. 22 Canadian Army Educational (Basic) Training Centre – North Bay (1940-1944)

A13 Canadian Armoured (Basic) Training Centre – Listowel (1943)
A26 Canadian Armoured (Basic) Training Centre – Orillia (1943-1944)
A33 Canadian Armoured Corps Training Establishment Camp – Camp Borden

A19 Canadian Army Service Corps Training Centre – Camp Borden

A1 Canadian Artillery Training Centre – Camp Petawawa
A2 Canadian Artillery Training Centre – Camp Petawawa

A5 Canadian Engineer Training Centre – Camp Petawawa

A10 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Camp Borden
A11 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Camp Borden
A13 Canadian Infantry (Basic) Training Centre – Listowel (1943)
A25 Canadian Infantry (Basic) Training Centre – Simcoe (1943-1945)
A26 Canadian Infantry (Basic) Training Centre – Orillia (1944-1945)

A29 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Listowel (1942) Camp Ipperwash (1942-1945)
A32 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Peterborough (1945)

A22 Canadian Army Medical Corps Training Centre – Camp Borden
A32 Canadian Army Medical Corps Training Centre – Peterborough (1943-1945)

No. 1 Canadian Ordinance Corps Proving Ground Detachment – Ottawa (1941-1944) (after going through several name changes, eventually re-designated Land Engineering Testing Establishment)
A21 Royal Canadian Ordinance Corps Training Centre – Camp Barriefield

A32 Canadian Provost Corps Training Centre – Camp Borden

A7 Canadian Signal Corps Training Centre – Camp Barriefield

S11 Advanced Driving & Maintenance School – Woodstock (1941-1946)

Special Training School 103 (Camp X) – Oshawa (1941-1944) (re-designated No. 3 Oshawa Wireless Station 1944-1969)

Canadian Army Trades School – Hamilton (1941-1946)

Standard Barracks – Hamilton (1940-1942)

S48 Canadian School of Army Administration – Kemptville (1941-1943) (re-designated S7 Canadian Army Administration School 1942-1944)

QUEBEC
Officer Training Centre – Three Rivers
Canadian Officer Cadet and Basic Training Centre – St Jerome

No. 41 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Huntingdon
No. 43 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Sherbrooke
No. 45 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Sorel
No. 47 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Valleyfield
No. 48 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – St. Johns
No. 51 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Chicoutiimi
No. 53 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Lauzon
No. 54 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Montmagny
No. 55 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Rimouski

No. 42 Canadian Army Educational (Basic) Training Centre – Joliette

No. 1 Canadian Woman�s Army Corps Advanced Training Centre – St. Annes

A12 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Camp Farnham
A13 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Camp Valcartier
A17 Canadian Machine Gun Training Centre – Three Rivers

SASKATCHEWAN
No. 120 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Regina
No. 121 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Maple Creek
No. 122 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Prince Albert

A27 Canadian Reconnaissance Training Centre – Camp Dundurn

Source Material: “Sixty Years of War – The Official History of the Canadian Army in World War II Volume 1” by Colonel C.P. Stacey & The Canadian Army WWII Training Establishments web site – www.canadiansoldiers.com/wwiitrain.htm .

About the author

Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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  1. Diane Fulton

    I have a photo of the entire No. 3 Trades School in front of the Vancouver City Hall. My father is in the photo so it must of been in the early 1940’s, my best guess. It was taken by Camera Craft Photo Service. Would you have a need for this photo? I am moving and clearing out. Please let me know. Thanks.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Diane,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. I would be interested in any photos you have. If they are in digital form, you can send them to bruce@militarybruce.com. Otherwise, let me know and I will private message my address.

      Bruce

  2. Fournier, Hannah

    My father George Stephen Vickers served in the Canadian Signal Corps in WW 2. I believe he was at Barriefield and that he was a corporal. All I know about what he did was to train soldiers in long marches, but I would very much like to have more detail, as he apparently wanted to become a career army person.
    Thank you for any help you am give me.
    Hannah ( Vickers ) Fournier

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Hannah,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. Unfortunately, I don’t have any information on your father’s military service. You might want to try contacting the National Archives in Ottawa.

      Bruce

  3. Ken Buksa

    Hello, I have recently acquired a group picture of my dad and others taken in Camrose in Dec 1941, We are wondering who the others are and any other info we can acquire. We would appreciate any info or knowledge of where we could acquire it. At the bottom of the pic is: 13 platoon, C company, #134, CA(B)TC
    Thankyou, Ken Buksa

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Ken,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. You would probably have to consult the National Archives to find out. Good luck in your search.

  4. Wendy Halton

    my father was Charles Herbert James Isaacs, born July 12th 1923 was in the 132nd company in Alberta and I would like to find if anyone has any info on him, Wendy

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Wendy,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. Unfortunately, I don’t have that information. You might want to try contacting the National Archives or your local Legion branch.

      Bruce

  5. Anne Schneider

    Hi Bruce:
    My father served in WWII. He appears in a Denton panoramic photo with Platoon #10, N.P.A.M. Training Centre, Knollwood Park, Kitchener, Nov. 1940, D. Company. Would you happen to know where I can get a copy of this photo? Our family is donating his war memorabilia consisting of 5 medals, german flag taken upon emancipation of Holland, german belt buckle, etc. to the Southampton Museum and we’d like to include the photo. Thanks for your help.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Anne,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. The National Archives might have a copy of the photo.

      Good luck in your search.

      Bruce

      1. Artie

        I really coln’udt ask for more from this article.

  6. Mitchell

    Bruce,
    My grandfather served in both wars; WWI in France and WWII at No. 20 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Brantford (1940-1945). He started out at No. 20 as a civilian employee and held the rank of Sergeant, but a short time later was taken on as regular army. By the end of the war he held the rank of Company Sergeant-Major. The person that gave him his adjustment to civilian life interview noted at the bottom of the form that, “due to a shortage of officers, this man has been the camp administrator for some time, handling all administration, staff and instruction duties.” My problem is, I have yet to come across anything about No. 20 that includes his name. Any ideas? I’d really appreciate it.
    W. Mitchell
    Toronto

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hello,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. You wrote to me at a very opportune time as I just got an e-mail from a man who is writing a book about No. 20 CA(B)TC. Private message me at bruce@militarybruce.com and I’ll give you his e-mail address so you can talk directly. Otherwise, you may want to contact the National Archives in Ottawa.

      Bruce

  7. Barb Nielsen

    My Dad, Bruce Eaton, was one of the founding commanders of the 19th Alberta Dragoons, Devon Branch, and I am looking for any information, pictures or anything else that may be aviable, I believe a man named Al Casey was helping to organize the unit.
    Could you see if there is anything out there?
    Thank you Barb Nielsen

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Barb,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. You might want to contact the National Archives in Ottawa.

      Bruce

      1. Barb Nielsen

        thanks, Bruce, appreciate your answer!

  8. Elaine Cooper

    I have just discovered a group photo of my dad, Edwin Hodgson, with #5 Platoon, QOR, MTC Long Branch, 1940. I assume QOR is the Queen’s Own Rifles. He never mentioned this to us and we only knew of his service in the RCAF. He was attached to the RAF overseas during the war and was involved in early radar technology.

    This new discovery of some time with the QOR was very exciting for me as in June 2014 I was with the Queen’s Own Rifles Association on a tour of France and Belgium for the 100th anniversary of WWI and 70th anniversary of D Day. We were on the beach at Bernieres sur Mer ,June 6 at the exact time the Canadian forces came ashore and later we were in the stands at Juno beach for ceremonies

    Do you know where I could find more information about MTC Long Branch?

    Thanks – Elaine

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Elaine,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. The MTC Long Branch that you are looking for is also known as No. 21 Non-Permanent Active Militia Training Centre. You can find it on my web page in the “Abandoned Bases – Ontario” section. The property went through several names, just one of them being No.21 MTC, It’s near the top of the page, just after the entry about Leaside Aerodrome.

      You can also find it in the book “Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Volume I: Ontario” by Paul Ozorak if you can locate a copy.

      Bruce

  9. Sandy

    Hi Bruce
    This Christmas my mother was visiting a relative and found an old photograph of my grandfather taken at Camp Petawawa in 1944. I’m the only member of my immediate family serving and was stationed in Petawawa for 10 yrs. I’m sending the picture to your email address which is is fairly good shape of No. 22 Platoon No.2 Coy A5 C.E.T.C Petawawa Oct 4,1944. I’m hoping anyone else out there will have as much joy as I did receiving one of the only pics we have of him in his uniform. I haven’t contacted the National Archives as of yet but plan to as well as contacting Petawawa Base Museum.
    If you happen to find or know anything about the photo I’d love to hear about it.
    Many thanks.
    God speed.
    Sandy Daley

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Sandy,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site and for sharing the photo with me. I don’t have anything to offer regarding the photo, but it is nice to see it. I’ll post it on my web site soon.

      Bruce

  10. LARRY PATERSON

    Hi Bruce
    I have a photo of my Dad from Dec./1940.
    I was looking for some info about the photo and came upon your website.
    It is a photo of his Platoon at Basic Training in Regina.
    NO. 120 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre-Regina
    I have no names recorded for any of the other member’s.
    Are you interested in taking a look at the photo?

    Regards
    Larry Paterson

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Larry,

      Thank for stopping by my web site. I absolutely would be interested in seeing the photo of your father. You can send it to bruce@militarybruce.com.

      Cheers,

      Bruce

  11. Mike

    Hi Larry

    My father was in the navy from may 1944 to the end
    His records show that he had basic training on HMCS Discovery (8 weeks)
    and on the HMCS Cornwallis. He completed the following courses

    Advanced N.E. Trg.
    Asdic 3 weeks
    M.D.R.O 1 week

    Can you tell me anything about these courses

    Thank you

    Mike

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Mike,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. Your best bet would likely be to contact the National Archives in Ottawa for that information.

      Bruce

  12. Brian Wilson

    Hi Bruce,
    I have a digital photo of:
    # 8 Platoon
    B Company
    No. 24 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Brampton.
    My Dad (Lyle Wilson) trained there. Would you like me to send you a copy?
    Also, my brothers and I were discussing Dad on Facebook and a question was posed by my youngest brother, “I wonder how many of these men in the picture didn’t come home like Dad did?” I’ve searched numerous sites to no avail trying to find that information. I was wondering if you might be able to somehow help? Dad landed in Italy after the Sicily Invasion (we’re assuming with the above platoon) and then fought up to Belgium before being hit by mortar shrapnel and sent home.
    Any assistance would be welcome.
    Bye for now,
    Brian Wilson

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Brian,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. I’d love to see the photo. You can send it to bruce@militarybruce.ca. As for your search, perhaps the Royal Canadian Legion might be of assistance.

      Good luck with your search.

      Bruce

  13. Brian wilson

    Thank you. Sent you an email to the above address with the photo I mentioned. As you suggested, I tried the Legion, but they don’t have what I’m looking for. I’m assuming there is a government statistical database somewhere that has the details? I contacted the VA as well and they gave me a couple of links, but so far I can’t find out what happened to the platoon from WWII. My Dad, has since passed, so I can’t ask him.

    Any other ideas would be appreciated.
    Bye for now,
    Brian Wilson

  14. Brian Wilson

    Hmmm. Tried sending you mail at bruce@militarybruce.ca
    It bounced back undeliverable.

  15. Dale Tetz

    I have two old pictures of my dad (Robert Tetz) which are not in very good shape and was trying to get new ones. One is of him in Platoon 6 A Company, No 131C.A.(B)T.C., Camrose, August 1941 which is only the platoon, and the other one says”A” Company, No 131 C.A. (B)T.C., Camrose, August 1941 which is of all of them . If you can help that would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Dale,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. Your best bet for other photos would either be the National Archives in Ottawa or the local Legion branch.

      Bruce

      1. Dale Tetz

        Thanks so much

  16. Val McKenzie

    Good Day. I have a picture of my father and his platoon from Maple Creek Sask. #3 Platoon: #1 Company : #122 C.I.(B).T.C. Dated December 16,1944 . PLT. commander L.T.F. Tupper- PLT. SGTS;COURCHAINE,ELGIE.
    Looking for more information as to the purpose of this platoon or training centre..

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Val,

      Unfortunately, it’s one of the training camps I haven’t gotten to yet, or been able to find a lot of information about. I’ll have to start writing to some more places, . In the mean time, you could try contacting the local Legion or the local archives to see if they have any information. The National Archives in Ottawa is also an option. I’ll add it to my list of bases to work on. If you are asking, there are obviously more who want to know.

      Bruce

  17. Charlyne Powley

    Dear Sir,
    I have 2 large photos. #1. C.A.(B) T.C.-32. PETRRBOROUGH ONT.
    No. 7 PLATOON

    #2. C.A.(B) T.C.-32 PETERBOROUGH ONT.
    NO. 8 PLATOON
    Both taken Sept. 1943. My dad is in No. 7 and a friend in No. 8. Interested in the names of some of the soldiers in these photo.

    Sincèrely

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Charlyne,

      I’d love to see these photos and include them on the web site. If you want, you can send them to bruce@militarybruce.com.

      Bruce

  18. Shirley DeKelver

    I have a photo of No. 5 Platoon, “A” Company, CA(B)TC, 131 Camrose 1943. My father, Sidney Oliver Bigelow, trained as a rifleman with this battalion. I know they landed in Italy, eventually arriving in Holland in 1945 for the liberation. He stayed for the occupation in 1946, working in soup kitchens, which is where he met my mother.Do you by chance have any information about this particular platoon and their involvement during the War?

    Thank you
    Shirley Bigelow DeKelver

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Shirley,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. You should try contacting the National Archives in Ottawa for that information.

      Bruce

  19. Shirley

    Thanks for the prompt reply Bruce. I have contacted the National Archives in Ottawa and have not found anything about my father’s platoon. My brother, now retired, was a major in the Air Force in Ottawa at that time and tried to find something as well. We always hit a blank wall.

    Thanks for your assistance. I shall keep on digging.

    Shirley

  20. Bill Catchpole

    Hi Bruce

    My dad was at camp 26 in Orillia his name was Bruce Arthur Catchpole I have a photo of his unit. If you like I can sent it to you. I want to get any info on him if I can.

    Thanks Bill Catchpole

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Bill,

      I’d love to see the photo. Was it taken at the Orillia camp? You can send it to bruce@militarybruce.com.

      Thanks, Bruce

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