HMCS TECUMSEH

 

Former RCNVR Division Calgary

 

Former Calgary Half-Company, RCNVR

 

Calgary, Alberta

 


 

In pace bellum para

 

In Peace Prepare

For War

HMCS TECUMSEH, Calgary, Alberta

 

TECUMSEH was first established as the Calgary Half-Company, RCNVR on 31 Mar 1923. On 01 Nov 1941, the division was commissioned as HMCS TECUMSEH - after the Shawnee chief who served with the British and Canadian military force in the war of 1812.  In 1943 the division moved to its present location on 17 Avenue SW, Calgary. During WWII over 4,500 personnel enlisted at TECUMSEH, including Lt Robert Hampton Gray,the ony person in the RCN to be awarded the Victoria Cross. TECUMSEH suffered a major fire in 1981 and has since been rebuilt and is a modern training facility. In addition to the Naval Reserves, TECUMSEH houses 746 Comm Squadron (a reserve unit), Royal Canadian Arm Cadet Corps Signals, RCSCC Undaunted, the Navy League of Canada Cadet Corps Captain Jackson, and the Naval Museum of Alberta.

 


 

Commanding Officers

 

Lt Raymond Hinton, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1923 - unknown

  


 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS TECUMSEH - Officers - 1946

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From the collection of Hugh Hamilton

Courtesy of Rick Hamilton

 

(5) Lt Hugh Hamilton

 


 

On 03 May 1981, HMCS TECUMSEH was mostly destroyed by fire. Despite the damage, the Battle of the Atlantic parade was held on the site approximately one week later. Subsequently, TECUMSEH personnel reconnected power and phone lines so that the unit could continue in B Block and what little was left of A Block.

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