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Canadian Army Training Centres of World War II

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

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

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

A35 Canadian Paratrooper Training Centre – Camp Shilo


A30 Canadian Infantry Training Centre (Camp Utopia) – Pennfield Ridge
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

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 – Eastern Passage & Camp Debert
A14 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Camp Aldershot

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 (1940-1943)

No. 24 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Brampton (1940-1945)
No. 25 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Simcoe (1942-1945)
No. 26 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Orillia (1942-1943) (re-designated No. 26 CAC B TC, then 26 CI B TC, then 13 Infantry Training Battalion until 1946)
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)

A23 Canadian Armoured (Basic) Training Centre – Newmarket (1943-1945)
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)


No. 62 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Charlottetown

Officer Training Centre – Trois-Rivières
No. 41 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Huntingdon

No. 42 Canadian Army Educational (Basic) Training Centre – Joliette
No. 43 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Sherbrooke

No. 44 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre/Canadian Officer Cadet and Basic Training Centre – St Jerome
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. 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 – Trois-Rivières

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 –

In July 1942, network of radio stations was established on the both the west and east coasts for surveillance. The the East Coast line was in November 1943.  Both were active until mid 1945. There is no military presence at the former East Coast Radio stations today. The Radio units were:

The Pacific Coast Air Defence Radar System – World War II

In July 1942, network of radio stations was established on the both the west and east coasts for surveillance. The East Coast line was in November 1943.  Both were active until mid 1945. There is no military presence at the former East Coast Radio stations today. The Radio units were:

No 1 Coast Watch Unit RCAF was established in 1942 in the uninhabited west coast of the Queen Charlotte Islands to provide visual surveillance. In 1943 when radar coverage permitted the coast watchers were withdrawn. 1 CWU had eight detachments (each with a “woodsman”, two radio operators and a man with “some cooking and camping ability”) at:

  • Frederick Island
  • Hippa Island
  • Kindakun Island
  • Marble Island
  • Hibben Island
  • Tasoo Harbour
  • Barry Harbour
  • Big Bay

In 1942 construction of a chain of radar stations for surveillance of the Pacific Coast began. By November 1943 it was in place. Initially the stations were called “Radio Detachments” and in 1943 the title “Radio Unit” was adopted. The term “RADAR” was not adopted by Canadians until late 1943. The chain ceased operations with war’s end in mid 1945. The units were:

  • 7 Radio Unit (GCI) Patricia Bay (southern Vancouver Island)
  • 8 Radio Unit (GCI) Sea Island (near Vancouver)
  • 9 Radio Unit (CHL) Spider Island (near Bella Bella)
  • 10 Radio Unit (CHL) Cape Scott (northern tip Vancouver Island)
  • 11 Radio Unit (CHL) Ferrer Point (northern Vancouver Island)
  • 13 Radio Unit (CHL) Amphitrite Point (central Vancouver Island)
  • 26 Radio Unit (CHL) Langara Island (northern tip Queen Charlotte Islands)
  • 27 Radio Unit (CHL) Marble Island (central Queen Charlotte Islands)
  • 28 Radio Unit (CHL) Cape St James (southern tip Queen Charlotte Islands)
  • 33 Radio Unit (MEW) Tofino (southern Vancouver Island)
  • X-1 Detachment (CHL) Jordan River (southern Vancouver Island)

RCAF Atlantic Regional Air Defence – World War II 

  • 1 Radio (TRU) Unit, Preston, Nova Scotia
  • 2 Radio (CHL) Unit, Bell Lake, Nova Scotia
  • 3 Radio (CHL) Unit, Tusket, Nova Scotia
  • 4 Radio (CHL) Unit, Brooklyn, Nova Scotia
  • 5 Radio (CHL) Unit, Queensport, Nova Scotia
  • 6 Radio (CHL) Unit, Louisbourg, Nova Scotia
  • 12 Radio (GCI) Unit, Bagotville, Quebec
  • 14 Radio (CHL) Unit, St. John’s, Newfoundland
  • 16 Radio (GCI) Unit, Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia
  • 17 Radio (GCI) Unit, Torbay, Newfoundland
  • 19 Radio (GCI) Unit, Gander, Newfoundland
  • 20 Radio (GCI) Unit, Sydney, Nova Scotia
  • 21 Radio (GCI) Unit, Plymouth, Nova Scotia
  • 22 Radio (CHL) Unit, Port Dufferin, Nova Scotia
  • 23 Radio (GCI) Unit, Saint John, New Brunswick
  • 24 Radio (CHL) Unit, Tignish, Nova Scotia
  • 25 Radio (CHL) Unit, St. George, Quebec
  • 29 Radio (GCI) Unit, Goose Bay, Labrador
  • 30 Radio (CHL) Unit, Cape Bauld, Newfoundland
  • 32 Radio (CHL) Unit, Port aux Basques, Newfoundland
  • 36 Radio (CHL) Unit, Spotted Island, Labrador – Did not go operational
  • 37 Radio (CHL) Unit, Brig Harbour Island, Labrador
  • 40 Radio (US ew) Unit, Allan Island, Newfoundland – US station transferred to RCAF 1944
  • 41 Radio (US ew) Unit, St. Brides, Newfoundland – US station transferred to RCAF 1944
  • 42 Radio (US ew) Unit, Cape Spear, Newfoundland- US station transferred to RCAF 1944
  • 43 Radio (US ew) Unit, Elliston, Newfoundland – US station transferred to RCAF 1944
  • 44 Radio (US ew) Unit, Fogo Island, Newfoundland – US station transferred to RCAF 1944
  • 75 Radio (MEW A/S) Unit, Fox River, Quebec
  • 76 Radio (MEW A/S) Unit, St. Paul’s Is., Nova Scotia
  • 77 Radio (MEW A/S) Unit, Cape Ray, Newfoundland

Source Material:  DND Communications & Electronics Branch web site –

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  1. Everett Koeller

    My uncle John Murray McCann took basic training with no.121 at Maple Creek, Sk. October 1, 1944 until January 1, 1945 when he transferred to Shilo with the Paratroopers. Can you provide me with any information on his training.
    Everett Koeller

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Everett,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. Unfortunately, I don’t have that information. If you know his former regiment, you can try to contact them or your best bet might be the National Archives.


  2. Robert Groves

    I’m wondering if there was ever an Army training site (likely a commando training area used occassionally) on Lake Perry east of Matheson Ontario off the 10 Highway about 65 Km west of the Quebec border just south of Abitibi Lake.

    Any information would be appreciate.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Robert,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. I haven’t heard of an army training site near Matheson. I checked my copy of “Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Volume I: Ontario” by Paul Ozorak and there is no mention of it in the book. I know Paul did quite extensive research into former military bases in Ontario, so it would seem unlikely that the camp existed. If it was a commando training area, it’s possible that it was kept secret. That said, there was no greater a secret camp during WWII than Camp X in Oshawa (and we know about it now), so information would likely have come to light now if such a camp existed. What do you have to suggest such a camp existed?


  3. Diane

    Hi am am doing a bit of history and was wondering if the Canadian Infantry training camp in Farnham was a postal one?

    Kindest regards


    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Diane,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. Unfortunately, I don’t have any information of Farnham, but it is on my list of sites to research further. I regrettably have not been researching Quebec bases as much as I should.

      I even checked my copy of “Abandoned Military Installations of Canada, Volune 2: Quebec” by Pau Ozorak and it doesn’t contain anything about A12 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Camp Farnham.

      Thanks for encouraging me to look further. I’ll let you know what I find out.


      1. Mike M

        Hello Bruce,
        I just came across this thread while looking up Huntingdon Qc. Regarding Camp Farnham it is still in operation as an infantry training camp situated just outside Montreal. I spent many unpleasant wet insect infested mud covered days there back in the early 1980,s. We used the firing range at Farnham for live fire exercises using the old Fn C1 rifle and Sterling 9mm sub machine gun etc. It is still used by militia units in and around the Montreal area.
        Regards, Mike

        1. Bruce Forsyth

          Hi Mike,

          Thanks for stopping by my web site. You can find Farnham in the Current Military Bases section. If you have any photos that you wish to share, please send them to


  4. Terry Sawler

    I Was Wondering If There is an information on the army barracks that were in eastern passage during the second world war.I remember them as a child. Thank You

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Terry,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. I don’t know anything about the army barracks but I will see if ther is anything in my copy of Paul Ozorak’s book and get back to you.


  5. Terry Sawler

    Hi Bruce,
    Thanks for the reply.I recently learned that the army barracks were called Elkins Barracks(A23). Thank You. Terry

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Terry,

      That’s right. I checked Paul Ozorak’s book today and that’s it. Apparently it was the home of No. 16 Radio Detachment. I’ll add an entry on it soon.


      1. Bruce Forsyth

        Oops, I misread my book. It looks like Elkins Barracks and No. 16 were separate camps. I guess I’ll have to make 2 entries.

    2. Bruce Forsyth

      Oops, I misread my book. It looks like Elkins Barracks and No. 16 were separate camps. I guess I’ll have to make 2 entries.

  6. Betty FOx

    : I received a request from Holland in Europe.A man found a silver bracelet near the Meuse river,in a WW2 war foxhole.There are engravings on it. Reginald Hendrickson, RNA 25 B2 ( do not know what that means. Oshawa,Ontario Canada. Also has name Peg on it.May be his Wife or girfreind. I have looked a lot,but have found nothing.Maybe you could also give this too your associates.This person would be grateful for this. wayne R. Morgan 5487 This bracelet should go back to his relatives if we can find them.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Betty,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. Unfortunately, I won’ be able to help you much. I will take a guess that with a name like “Hendrickson” and the letters “RNA”, it might be that this man was with the Royal Norwegian Air Force. Your best bet would likely be to contact the National Archives in Ottawa.

      Good luck in your search.


  7. Betty Fox

    Thank you very much. We were all wondering what the RNA stood for.

  8. David Pryde CD

    One possibility for RNA is Registered Nursing Assistant which has become RPN – Registered Practical Nurse.

  9. Gina Shear

    My Dad, Melville Harry Shear, spent the war at the radio station on Cape St. James, fixing radios and copying Japanese morse code. Prior to that, he was in Comox fixing radios on Catalinas. Do you know if the barracks in Comox are still standing, and if so, where they are? I remember him taking me there when I was a child…
    Thank you…

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Gina,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. I don’t really know about the barracks, but Comox is still an active base, so you could try contacting the base and see if they can answer your question.


      1. Gina Shear

        Thanks, Bruce, will do…

  10. Blake Coulson

    I am currently doing some research on my great great Uncle who served during ww2 and completed his training at Camp Borden and I was just wondering if you had any idea where I could look to possibly find some photos of him while he was there (if there are any of him whilst he was there).
    Many thanks,
    Blake Coulson

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Blake,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. You might have luck contacting the National Archives in Ottawa.



    Hi Bruce, I’m doing some research on some WW2 veterans in my family tree and was wondering if the soldiers at the Edmundston NB Training Centre would have accomodated soldiers from elsewhere in Canada, such as Ontario? Is there a way of knowing which troops or regiments passed through there?

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. My copy of Paul Ozorak’s book Abandoned Military Installations in Canada Vol 3, lists only the North Shore (New Brunswick) and the Carlton and York Regiments. For others, I’d try contacting the National Archives.


  12. James Richardson

    Hi I’m looking on info of my father who was a instructor at Camp Borden. Tags # B119683 rank Corp.
    James Richardson.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi James,

      You should contact the National Archives in Ottawa for that information.


  13. Ben

    When did Canada first start training troops specifically for WW II? Was it before they declared war on Germany? Or was it after?

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Ben,

      I believe it was just after the declaration of war, but I’m not sure.


      1. Ben Morin

        Ok thank you

  14. Lt(NL) P.Lefebvre

    Good afternoon.This is very interesting.I am working upon opening a new army cadet corps in Huntingdon Québec in 2017. I see there was a training center during WW2 (No 41 Cdn Army (Basic) Training Centre Huntingdon). Would be interesting to have more info from anyone if possible.
    Thank you.Merci!
    Lieutenant(N)Pierre Lefebvre.CD** (

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Pierre,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. The former No. 41 CA(B)TC is one of the camps that I have not yet put on my web site. The best write-up on it is one of my primary resources: Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Vol 2: Quebec. I’ll see if I can scan the entry from my copy and send it to your e-mail. Thanks for pointing out one that I need to add.


      1. Pierre Lefebvre

        Good morning Bruce
        Thank you for the reply and the informations.It is well appreciated.The information surely helps in the creation of the new corps and for the présentations I need to do for the sure that I will mentionned your help.

        1. Bruce Forsyth

          I sent you the scans from the book. They should give you all the information that you need.

  15. Richard Turcotte

    I have been doing some research on a Private Robert James Henry Reardon from London ON who died while undergoing training at A10 Canadian Infantry Training School Camp Borden.
    I found a photo of his grave marker which seems to be inscribed with “A10 Infantry (Advanced)”. Do you know what type of training was conducted at A10? Was it considered “Advanced” because it was undertaken after Basic training? Or perhaps the “Advanced’ inscription is an error stemming from the name of the centre “A10” (A = Advanced?)
    Thanks for any info you may have.
    Richard Turcotte

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Richard,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. Unfortunately, I don’t really know the answer to that, but it does sound possible that “A” meant advanced because it looks like those training camps were specific to a trade (infantry, armoured, medical).


  16. Judy

    Hi Bruce

    My sisters and I are enjoying a Mother’s Day weekend with our 95 year old mother. She trained at the base in Ottawa in 1942. Do you know where the training school within the city is located? Is the building still there?

    Thanks for any info you can provide.

    Mom’s biggest fans!

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Judy,

      thanks for stopping by my web site. My copy of Paul Ozorak’s excellent book Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Volume 1: Ontario states that the Kildare Barracks Annex at 312 Laurier Street served as the home of No. 12 Company of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps. This is the only mention of a CWAC training site in Ottawa, so it must be the one you are looking for. I hope this helps.


      1. Judy Archer

        Hi again Bruce,
        Sorry, I neglected to mention that my mom was in the RCAF from 1942 through 1945, stationed somewhere in Ottawa. I believe the address you mentioned was an army corps barracks.

        I can find reference to only 2 air force bases in the Ottawa area at that time, the ‘Uplands’ and ‘Rockcliffe’. Is this accurate or were there others? My 3 sisters and my (95 year old) mom are visiting Ottawa later this month and we’d love to visit one or both of these sites if possible.

        Any information/links you can provide will be greatly appreciated!
        Best regards,

        1. Bruce Forsyth

          Hi Judy,

          Rockclife and Uplands are the only “main” RCAF flying stations in Ottawa, but sometimes there were schools located at relief landing fields, so it’s possible she was at the relief fields at Carp (which still exists) or Edwards (which is gone). There was also a Repair Depot at Victoria Island, near the Canadian War Museum. I hope this helps.


  17. Judith Brooke

    My dad served as a gunner in WWII. My mother met him in Edmonton before he was shipped out to England in 1940. She tells me he trained in Edmonton. The only information I can find about a training centre in Edmonton was at the Prince of Wales Armory.
    Would he have trained there or perhaps in Wetaskawin?

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Judith,

      If you contact the National Archives, you may be able to get a copy of his service record, which should answer your question.


  18. Barry Miller

    Hi Bruce. I was just answering a question to a Member on Canada at War website. He asked “where” was A8 Cdn Armoured Training Center located?……He said he couldn’t find it on your site (which I can’t find).

    After some research I did find mention of CAC A8, Advanced Training Center, located in Camp Borden.

    I’ve attached the info to this e-mail for your info. (PS. I also found an article mention A9 Armoured Corps Training Center also located at Camp Borden)



    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Barry,

      Thanks for the information.


  19. Graham Carole

    I would appreciate any information about Charles Merle Graham born Nov 10 1916 who trained in Brockville for the second World War but had to go home on Farm leave 1940 and 1942

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Graham,

      You might be able to get some information by contacting the National Archives in Ottawa.


  20. Mary Lou

    My dad was at World War 2 he was oversea…. I cannot find his name… Gomer M. Scott from Port Elgin
    around 1942 45

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Mary Lou,

      You might be able to get some information by contacting the National Archives in Ottawa.


  21. Pat

    I am trying to trace and learn about the actual steps of my Uncle George Thomas (killed in action Nov. 1944) from training, enlisting until arriving at Camp Borden. I have him at No. 10 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre, Kitchener, Ont. 09-Oct-1940 to 07-Nov-1940. Looking to find out details on this Camp. Then nothing until his enlistment date 05-Feb-1941 in London, Ontario. Next posted to Can. Cav. (M) W. (which I haven’t figured out on 08-Feb-1941. Then on to Camp Borden 06-Mar-1941. From here on I know all of his details until his death. What we in the family would like to learn and understand is all the beginnings of the who, what, whys and where details of how he and his brothers were young men living with family and then off to war. Our fathers chose not to discuss this and now we their children have all these military records, letters and photos and would like to know and understand. Thank you for any insight or direction you can or other readers might provide.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Pat,

      Your best bet would be to contact the National Archives in Ottawa. Good luck in your search. It could be quite interesting.


  22. Joyce Fulton

    Hi! My father in law (2nd Canadian Advance Base W/S ) was stationed in Toronto in 1942. In September/43 he went to Barriefield before going overseas in November/43. Could you tell me what base he may have been at in Toronto ? Also I have discovered that “WS” means 2 things- “wireless school “ and “weaponman surface”. What exactly do they mean???
    Any help would be greatly appreciated
    Cheers—-Joyce Fulton

  23. Pearl Curtis

    Mass Execution of aboriginal Children from the Mohawk Residential School located in Ontario. They took all those children and stood them up next to a big ditch, then they shot them all and they all fell into the ditch. Some of the kids were still alive and they just poured the dirt in on top of them. Buried them alive.

    Prisoners of the church. This mass murder happened in 1943 – in Brantford, Ontario, on land occupied by the Canadian Army, at its Basic Training Camp Number 20

    Lorna McNaughton of Ohsweken, Ontario: is a survivor of the infamous “Mush Hole”, the Brantford Mohawk Indian residential school, run by the Church and Crown of England until 1970.

    Why were these children shot?

    The school was overcrowded just then. She was there, Lorna saw the army bring in all these cots for lots of new kids who showed up from all over the country. They must have just wanted to get rid of all the extra hungry mouths; it was wartime and everything was rationed. One day those new kids were in the dorms, then they were all taken out, and were never seen again.

    A probable site of this mass burial of the executed children has been located, and is now under the protection and jurisdiction of the Onkwehonwe Mohawk Nation and its clan mothers. #indigenous #aboriginal

    The investigation into the Canadian Genocide continues.

    The Mohawk residential school Institute, 1832-1970 – Church of England (Anglican) operated – Ontario.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      I’ve never heard about this and did a quick search and came upon two entries, but I hesitate to say this is true. There’s a lot of “Fake News” out there on the internet.


  24. Sherry Johnson

    While doing some other research I came across this article
    I have been trying to find more information about the training locations, in particular the Gananoque one without success. Can you help? or suggest somewhere I might find the information?

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Sherry,

      I hadn’t heard about the CWAC training camp in Gananoque. I’ll have to look into it a little more.

      The National Archives in Ottawa would be the best place to look for info, but the local Legion or local archives may have information too. I’m going to call the Inn itself and see if they have any information. I’ll let you know.


      1. Robbie Ferguson

        Hi Bruce,

        Thanks for getting back to me so fast. I first ran across the article last summer but didn’t realize that it may be a forgotten tid-bit of training history until yesterday when I was doing a blog post for the Inn. There was no hint of it anywhere I looked. My guess is that as the Inn was in use summers that they only did one, likely the first training session there before using other locations.

        I will pursue it with the legion and a couple of my other history sources here and see if I can turn up anything.

        Ottawa is close enough to here that I would be able to do archives int he summer.

      2. Sherry Johnson

        Hello again,

        My two people most likely to know about the history of the Gananoque Inn have no info on its use as a training centre.

        I have contacted the Times to see if they can give me any more information or leads on the articles they mentioned. They are close enough that I can spend some time researching there if needed. The Whig Standard article in Kingston will be easier to track down I think. I am hoping that I can at least get a dates for the articles from the Times and shorten my time tracking down these articles.

        It appears that this is a forgotten event and will take some persistence to find any still existing info.

        1. Bruce Forsyth

          Hi Sherry,

          I finally connected with someone at the Gananoque Inn and they will send me some information when they find something. I’ll keep you updated.


  25. carol townsend

    hello could you tell me what canadian units were based in plymouth devon between 1942-1944 thanks

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Carol,

      Your best bet would be to contact either the UK Ministry of Defence or the UK Archives.


      1. carol townsend

        thank you

  26. Ronald Pelletier,,,,,trying to find out the date of no 71 basic training center in Edmundston NB,,any help ??,,

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Ronald,

      It looks like I haven’t done this one yet. Thanks for reminding me. I checked my copy of Paul Ozorak’s book and it give the dates of 9 October 1940 until 1945 (month unknown). I hope this helps and I’ll add a write-up on it to the web site soon.


  27. Ronald Pelletier

    Thanks,,,did a google search on #71 Trg in Edmundston, and seems there was only 2 training groups #70 and 71,,so I’ll guess it was probably 1941. Lt Paul McCann of the CYR went overseas in july 1942,,,Thanks again,,,

  28. David Lamb

    BTC #25 Simcoe
    You have this listed as operating 1942-43, but I have the military records for an infantryman who enlisted at District Depot #2 in July 1944 and is listed as having been TOS BTC #25 July 21, 1944

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi David,

      Thanks for spotting the error. It must have been a typo as when I did the write-up on the camp in the Abandoned bases – Ontario section, I listed the closure date as Dec. 1945. I’ll make the correction.


  29. Priscilla Fequet

    Hi Bruce,

    Can you tell me if there is a record of men who took basic training, but ever saw action?

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Priscilla,

      If there is such a record, it would be in the National Archives in Ottawa.


  30. Judith Brooke

    I am writing a book based on my father’s WW2 diary. He was in Aldershot UK from 1940-44. Would there have been a phone either within the camp or outside and close by?
    Hope you have the answer I need.
    Thank you

  31. Gina Adair

    My son ( RMC 4th year Cadet is doing Thesis research into the path of a WWII Signals member….using much of his grandfather’s letters home, as well as what he can find in print or the other Military libraries, etc…
    My understanding is that with regards to what he is searching for, there has been little written…
    I am not sure if you might be able to direct me to any publications or archives….specifically related to the 10th Fortress Signal Company around 1939, ( BC/Vancouver/Vancouver Island area re: training,
    4th Division Signal s around 1940,
    #11 Fortress Signal Company ( Victoria?
    Canadian Signal Training Ctr , 1941…
    I believe his grandfather Gordon Arnold Emerslund attended these training locations or squadrons, ( units?) before shipping off to Europe…specifically Italy…
    If possible, any information or links to further info would be greatly appreciated before Jan 30, 2020
    Thank you so very much,

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Gina,

      The best place to get information would likely be the National Archives in Ottawa, but the Communications and Electronics Museum in Kingston might be of help as well.

      Best of luck to your son.


  32. Bill Scott

    HI Bruce,
    I am trying to find the records of my fathers service (and build my family tree) but am not having any luck finding anything, even his name listed anywhere.

    His name is Neil Basil Scott from Listowel Ontario, he was born in 1922 and passed away in 1968. I have been told he was a Sgt Major by the time the war was over. I was also told that he was an underage volunteer and that his true age wasn’t discovered until he was in England, but by that time he was of age.Unfortunately that is all i have right now.

    Can you provide me some tips on where I can search and/or if you have any information can you pass it on.
    thanks for the assistance.
    Bill Scott

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Bill,

      To obtain service records of your relatives, you can apply on-line for records at, or write to Libraries and Archives Canada via snail-mail at:
      Library and Archives Canada
      Access to Information, Privacy and Personnel Records Office
      395 Wellington Street

      Good luck with your search.

      Ottawa, ON

  33. Bill Scott

    Thanks Bruce.

  34. Ross McMillan

    H, I’m researching about the history of Brampton and I wonder if you know anything about the type of training which was done at the Canadian Army Basic Training centre in Brampton? What sorts of things would have been taught there? Would the recruits have been mostly from Brampton? Or other resources where I might learn more about it? Grateful in advance.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Ross,

      My primary resource for Brampton comes from Pau Ozorak’s book “Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Volume I: Ontario”. Unfortunately, it doesn’t give much detail on exactly what instruction was given, but as a basic training centre, the focus would likely have been on basic soldiering; that being marching, shooting, discipline, learning how to make their bunks, getting yelled at a lot, etc. Even when it converted to a basic armoured training camp, it still focused on the basics of soldiering, with the armoured corps focus reserved for Camp Borden and Camp Meaford. I hope this helps.


  35. Aad Boode

    Does this list include the District Depots? I am looking for information about no. 3 District Depot, such as location and when (year from-to) it existed. Where did these District Depots fit in the military structure?
    Hope you can help me. Thanks

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Aad,

      I don’t have a list of the district depots, but your best bet would be to contact the National Archives in Ottawa.

      Good luck in your search.


  36. Mark Angier

    Hello Bruce, I’m looking info and or photos of Lieutenant Robert Ernest Hogarth of the 23 rd Field Regiment RCA of WW2. Born in Sault Ste. Marie, schooled in Timmins before going to RMC Kingston. Overseas since the early 40’s till war end. He is an uncle of mine. Stationed in Iceland in the early 50’s as well. Would greatly appreciate any info. He was awarded the ” Croix de Guerre with palme ” by the French for his bravery in august ’44. He received as well the DSO. Thanks in advance !

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Mark,

      To obtain service records of your relatives, you can apply on-line for records at, or write to Libraries and Archives Canada via snail-mail at:
      Library and Archives Canada
      Access to Information, Privacy and Personnel Records Office
      395 Wellington Street
      Ottawa, ON K1A 0N4

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