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Canadian Army Training Centres of WWII


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

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 – 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 (1940-1945)
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)

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

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.


  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.


  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.

    2. Kim McInnis

      Hi, I have a griup photo in Camrose no 131 Platoon 4 Sept 1942
      I am also looking to find a list of names on this photo with my Grandfather.

  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.


    2. Andrew

      Is this the same Charles H J Isaacs? : https://www.bearwolf.uk/assets/sims/gedmill/indiI2238.html

  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.


      1. Artie

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

    2. Jeff Paye


      Back in 2015 Anne Schneider asked about a photo of No. 10 platoon, D company, photographed in Knollwood park (Kitchener, Ontario) in November 1940. I believe I have a copy of this photo. If you are still able to contact her I would be happy to let her get a copy made of mine.

      Jeff Payne

  6. Mitchell

    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

    1. Bruce Forsyth


      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.


  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.


      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.


  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.



    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?

    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.



  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


    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.


  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.


  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.


      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.


  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.
    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.


    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.


  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.


  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.


  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

  21. Donna Muise

    I have a group picture of the No. 6 Class Small Arms School RCETC Petawawa Jan. 1942 and my father is pictured in the back row. He was with the Royal Canadian Engineers. Are there other pictures available?

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Donna,

      Your best bet would be to contact the National Archives in Ottawa.

      Best of luck, Bruce

      1. Donna Muise

        Thank you for the info.

  22. Helen Vermeersch

    I have a group picture of No13 Platoon ‘D” Coy, No 25C.A (B) T.C, Simcoe , On, June 16 1943 in which my father was in. My Father, Desmond Woolley (now deceased) never talked about his service. I do know he went to CFB Suffield and worked there in the area of chemical warfare.
    Where would I find information on this Platoon and also his time spent at CFB Suffiied?
    Thank you.
    Helen Vermeersch (daughter)

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Helen,

      You might have luck checking with the National Archives in Ottawa. Good luck in your search.


  23. Donna Muise

    Do you know where I can get a copy of: ‘A Souvenir of War’ 8th Btn Royal Canadian Engineers 1941 – 1945. My father (John James Parsons) is mentioned a few times in the book. I saw an original years ago but have had no luck trying to obtain a copy.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Donna,

      Have you tried Amazon? They seem to have a lot of hard to find things. You could also try contacting the Royal Canadian Engineers Association to see if they can help – https://www.cmea-agmc.ca.

      Good luck in your search.


  24. Donna Muise

    My father was with the Royal Canadian Engineers World War 2. After the war, the soldiers received a copy of ‘A Souvenir War History’, 8th Canadian Field Squadron Royal Canadian Engineers 1941-1945. My father’s original copy has long since been lost. I have tried everywhere to get an original copy. Do you know where I might look? It is available at the library in Ontario but not for sale. It was Printed by N.V. Nauta & Co., Zurphen, Holland and prepared for publication by Spr. T.F. Lang. First page says: To The Sons of Martha. Any information would be helpful.

  25. Donna Muise

    No, Amazon doesn’t have it. I searched old World War 2 books on line. Very hard to get.

  26. Loni Stevens

    Hello, can you help me find information on my Great Grandfather.

    Woodrow Wilson Goldman. I have a picture of him with the caption

    Platoon Winners of the Watcher Cup C.A.(B).T.C #132 May 1941

    Thank you

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Loni,

      Your best bet would be to contact the National Archives in Ottawa. They should have his war record in their files.


  27. Logan

    Hello I have a picture of my grandfather and his platoon from basic training in Camrose WW2. The picture is marked no.5 platoon A company C.a.(B) T.C #131 Camrose 1943 he was with the Calgary highlanders but I can’t find any records of no.5 platoon.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Logan,

      You could try contacting the National Archives in Ottawa. They should have any records that still exist.

      Good luck, Bruce

  28. Candy Moorhead

    Hi Bruce,
    My Mother was stationed at Camp Ipperwash from 1942 – 1945. I have been trying to find a site to possibly connect with family of others stationed there at the same time. I have a number of photos & it would be great to get copies of them to family members. Do you have any suggestions?
    Thank you,
    Candy Moorhead

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Candy,

      Unfortunately, finding people can be challenging. You could try contacting The Legion for assistance. In their magazine, they have a “Lost Trails” section for exactly this reason. If her regiment still exists, they might be able to help too.

      Good luck with your search.


      1. Candy Moorhead

        Thanks Bruce.

  29. Chelsea Brown


    You have a great website it provides a lot, I happen to have a photo of the Canadian Army Basic Training Camp in Cornwall if you would like to have that one just email me at (sea-bea@hotmail.com) and ill be glad to send it to you 🙂

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Chelsea,

      Thanks for writing. Please send any photos that you wish to share to bruce@militarybruce.com.


  30. Russell MacDonald

    Hi Bruce,

    My father, Leslie John MacDonald was a scientist and SSGT in the RCA (Royal Canadian Artillery) teaching top secret RDF (for Range and Distance Finding – later called RADAR) at Barriefield during WWII. He always told me that he was sworn to lifetime secrecy about what he did during WWII. All he ever told me was that he was involved with RADAR.

    Now that he has passed away, I requested and received a whole packet of his military records. I’ve been studying and decoding all the various abbreviations and found your website to be very useful with lots of different unit identifiers.

    The first Barriefield unit that he was assigned to was S-15 RDF Training School 1 July 43. Then, on 26 Sept 43, he was TOS to A-36 RADAR (first use of the word Radar in his records) Training Centre Barriefield HWE. I have figured out that TOS means Taken On Strength (ie. added to unit), but I can’t figure out what HWE means.

    He remained as a teacher with CRTC (Canadian Radar Training Center) A-36 at Barriefield for the rest of WWII and was discharged 21 Feb 46.

    Do you happen to have any information about S-15 and A-36?


    Russ MacDonald

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Russ,

      Unfortunately I don’t have the information you are asking for, but if you contact the National Archives in Ottawa and the Communications & Electronics Museum in Kingston, they may have some answers for you.

      good luck with your search,


  31. Russell MacDonald

    Hi Bruce,

    Thanks for your response.

    In the interim, since I sent you that email, I have found the information I needed. In fact you might want it for your website:

    Source: https://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/Canada/CA/SixYears/SixYears-D.html

    S15 Cdn Radio Direction Finding School at Barriefield, Ont., opened 1 Jul 43. About a month later, on 28 Jul 43, it was renumbered “A36” , and was redesignated A36 Cdn Radar Training Centre on 15 Oct 43.

    My father was there for that entire time, and the name change was why I couldn’t find anything on S15.

    Also I found out that they initially called the RDF school a ‘Radio Direction Finding’ school instead of the real title ‘Radio Direction and Ranging’ so as not to attract attention while RADAR was still top secret.


  32. Logan

    This may be a little late to be replying to this but we also have the same photo of my grandfather with the no.5 platoon A company c.a (b) t.c #131 Camrose 1943. My grandfather would never talk about anything to do with the war. And since he passed we have also been searching for information and can not find anything. We have letters he wrote to my great aunt throughout the war and that is the only way we know of where he had been by matching them up to the timelines on the Calgary Highlanders website.

  33. Kathy O'Reilly

    No. 20 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Brantford (1940-1945) I have a photo of my father–Norman Alexander Skene’s platoon, but have never learned of anything about them, In his platoon photo it is entitled “No. 1 Platoon “A” COY, No. 20 C.A.(B)T.C. Brantford, Ontario April 22nd, 1943″ I know nothing about dad’s war life as he rarely spoke about those days. He had shrapnel in one of his legs, but otherwise came back physically intact; leading a normal life once he returned from the war.

    My niece is now wondering about his wartime information and OI am wondering about what COY means, and what/where did they join the Canadian war effort abroad.

    Any information, or leads, you can provide, would be greatly appreciated.

    Kathy Skene

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Kathy,

      “COY” is short for Company

      Service records are held by Libraries and Archives Canada. You can apply on-line for records at https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/transparency/atippr/Pages/Access-information-military-files.aspx, 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

      I hope this helps,


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