For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS / CFB CORNWALLIS

 

Commissioned in 1942 in Halifax to train recruits for the RCN for WW II it was later moved to its location on the shores of the Bay of Fundy. After the war, HMCS Cornwallis was declared surplus and closed down on 28 February 1946. Re-commissioned in November 1948, HMCS Cornwallis was again the recruit training centre for the RCN and later the Canadian Forces. In 1966 the base was re-named CFB Cornwallis.  The based remained the main recruiting centre for the CF until it was shut down in 1994 and training moved to St. Jean, Quebec.

 

 

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Postcards that were for sale at the canteen at HMCS Cornwallis in the mid 1940s either as souvenirs or for recruits to send to their families

 

                 

           

 

 

(1) Main gate at HMCS Cornwallis  (2) Divisions on the old parade square  (3) PT on the new parade square at HMCS Cornwallis  (4) The Band at HMCS Cornwallis  (5) Gunnery school at HMCS Cornwallis  (6) Gunnery Training School - the Gun Battery building at HMCS Cornwallis  (7) The Gun Battery at HMCS Cornwallis  (8) Base Commander's House at HMCS Cornwallis  (9) Marching to daily divisions at HMCS Cornwallis  (10) Daily Divisions at HMCS Cornwallis  (11) The Quarterdeck at HMCS Cornwallis - Note the dais in the upper left of the photo  (12) Mike, the mascot for HMCS Cornwallis leads the march past the dais 

 

Barracks at HMCS Cornwallis, Apr 1943

From the collection of Ervin Hall

Courtesy of Susan McPhedran

 

Training at HMCS Cornwallis

 

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(1) Raymond Burton  (5) Raymong Burton and Tom

 

These photos are from the wartime photo collection of Raymond Burton

They have been provided for use on For Posterity's Sake on the page for HMCS Cornwallis

These photos are not for reproduction, distribution or sale

Copyright Elizabeth Wagner

 

New construction at HMCS Cornwallis, Apr 1943

From the collection of Ervin Hall

Courtesy of Susan McPhedran

"The Navvies"

Work crew at construction site at HMCS Cornwallis, Apr 1943

Ervin Hall first on left

From the collection of Ervin Hall

Courtesy of Susan McPhedran

Christmas Menu - 1944 - HMCS Cornwallis

 

        

 

From the collection of Thomas Cotnam

Courtesy of Andrea Woods

HMC Gunners School, HMCS Cornwallis

Staff Officers and Gunners' Mates, May 1944

From the collection of John Clarke, CPO GI, DEM

Courtesy of Eric Clarke

Recruits at HMCS Cornwallis during WW2 - date unknown

From the collection of Norman Donaldson

Source: Obituary for Norman Donaldson

Main gate at HMCS Cornwallis, 1950

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

HMCS Cornwallis - 1950

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

Photo of a barrack block at Cornwallis in 1968

Courtesy of John Hawley

Seagull Block, 2nd Haida Division, HMCS Cornwallis, 1950

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

Seagull Block, 2nd Haida Division, Shore Patrol

HMCS Cornwallis, 1950

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

2nd Haida, HMCS Cornwallis, June 1950

On the boat ramp

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

Gallery at HMCS Cornwallis, June 1950

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

Haida (left) and Huron Block, HMCS Cornwallis - 1950

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

Jetty at HMCS Cornwallis - 1950

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

A few members of 2nd Haida at the train station platform, HMCS Cornwallis, June 1950

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

OS Gerald Sullivan and friend in from of SS Princess Helene, Digby, NS, June 1950

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

Cornwallis platoon photo from the collection of Marven Hatter

Source: Obituary for Marven Hatter

Marven Hatter and unknown friend in front of St-Laurent block in Cornwallis - date unknown

Source: Obituary for Marven Hatter

Dan McIsaac and Steve Hlasny, HMCS Cornwallis, June 1951

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Steve Hlasny, HMCS Cornwallis, June 1951

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Steve Hlasny, HMCS Cornwallis, June 1951

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

HMCS Cornwallis, May 1951 - Foreground "A" Galley, Gym on far left

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Sioux Division, Tug-of-War competition at HMCS Cornwallis

Source: Crowsnest Magazine

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Aerial view of HMCS Cornwallis, May 1951

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Main gate, HMCS Cornwallis, May 1951

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Sioux Division, Passing Out Dance, Oct 1951

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

OS Joe Tanner, HMCS Cornwallis - 1952

From the collection of Joe Tanner

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

OS Joe Tanner, HMCS Cornwallis - 1952

From the collection of Joe Tanner

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Recruits at HMCS Cornwallis with unknown Wren - 1952

From the collection of Joe Tanner

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

This document appears to refer to Ottawa Division 2/59

Courtesy of Robert DeWolfe

St Laurent Division 1/60, "D" class, HMCS Cornwallis

John Knudsen, Larry Harrison 3rd and 4th from left respectively

Courtesy of John Knudsen

Larry Harrison and John Knudsen, St Laurent Division 1/60, HMCS Cornwallis

Courtesy of John Knudsen

Cornwallis platoon photo - 1961

Courtesy of Art Moore

Cornwallis Band

Courtesy of Art Moore

 

Art Moore, 2nd Row, 1st man on right

Alvin Schlosser and friends at HMCS Cornwallis - 1961

From the collection of Alvin Schlosser

Courtesy of Judy Malic

Alvin's bunk at HMCS Cornwallis, Assiniboine Division - 1961

From the collection of Alvin Schlosser

Courtesy of Judy Malic

Assiniboine Division, HMCS Cornwallis - 1961

From the collection of Alvin Schlosser

Courtesy of Judy Malic

HMCS Cornwallis, Main gate - 1961

From the collection of Alvin Schlosser

Courtesy of Judy Malic

Assiniboine Division Building - HMCS Cornwallis - 1961

From the collection of Alvin Schlosser

Courtesy of Judy Malic

HMC Physical and Recreational Training School at HMCS Cornwallis - 1961

From the collection of Alvin Schlosser

Courtesy of Judy Malic

View of HMCS Cornwallis viewed from the PMQ area

From the collection of Reg (Smokey) Rhymes

Courtesy of Gordon Rhymes

HMCS Cornwallis on Tour

Naval Tattoo Display at Dorval, Montreal, Quebec, Jul 1962

 

           

 

From the collection of Gary Medford

Courtesy of Gary Medford

The Flag Ceremony crew, the Gun crew and the Band practiced all summer long - 1965

 

                    

 

From the collection of Gary Medford

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Ceremonial Divisions, HMCS Cornwallis, Jul 1965

 

           

 

From the collection of Gary Medford

Courtesy of Gary Medford

HMCS Cornwallis band off base - Jul 1965

From the collection of Gary Medford

Courtesy of Gary Medford

The Gunroom with attached beer garden, HMCS Cornwallis - 1965

From the collection of Gary Medford

Courtesy of Gary Medford

The Gunroom, HMCS Cornwallis - 1965

From the collection of Gary Medford

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Sailing the whalers off base - HMCS Cornwallis - 1965

From the collection of Gary Medford

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Sikorsky Helo landing in front of the wardroom at HMCS Cornwallis - believed to be off HMCS Bonaventure

From the collection of Gary Medford

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Margaree 2-65 Divisional Chief, CPO2 Parise and Divisional Petty Officer, PO1 Sheahy at HMCS Cornwallis - 1965

Courtesy of Ronald J. MacDonald

Margaree 2-65 Honour Guard at HMCS Cornwallis

Courtesy of Ronald J. MacDonald

Margaree 2-65, HMCS Cornwallis

 

                 

 

(1) Standing - Brian Millar, Russ Ingram, Fraser Kneeling Castinasco  (2) OSET Spencer  (3) OSRM MacDonald on the Assault Course  (4) Darryl Day, Ron MacDonald, Greg Fairholm at the Gas Hut  (5) Fred Danelss (left)  (6) Beasley, MacDonald, Funk and Matthews  (7) Colin Cook on the Assault Course

 

Courtesy of Ronald J. MacDonald

Recruits battle bushfires at HMCS Cornwallis - 1965

Courtesy of Don Ballantyne

Parade march past at HMCS Cornwallis - year unknown

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Out pipes. UNTD Cadets to Friday Ceremonial Divisions - July 1965

Jones in front. A. Geeraert on his left shoulder

From the collection of Gary Medford

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Sailors from course 6923, CFB Cornwallis, Summer 1969

David Kinsey, front left

Courtesy of David Kinsey

 

 

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