For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

HMCS / CFB CORNWALLIS

 

 

 

 

HMCS Cornwallis, named after the founder of Halifax, was established in HMC Dockyard Halifax on 01 May 1942. At the same time, construction began on the future location of the training base between Clementsport and Deep Brook in Annapolis Valley, NS. The new buildings were constructed during the winter of 1942 - 43 and the training facility officially moved from HMC Dockyard on 14 Apr 1943, the date the base was commissioned. After the war, HMCS Cornwallis was declared surplus and closed down on 28 February 1946. Re-commissioned 01 May 1949 (as per Navy List Jan 1955), 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.

 

RCN Memories:     HMCS Cornwallis

 

 New Entry / Recruit Course Photos          Leadership Course Photos          Trade Course Photos          Sports Team Photos

 

CFB Cornwallis Directory 1989          The significance of the 2nd badge badge

 

CFRS CORNWALLIS Recruit Handbook - dated 25 Nov 1982

 


 

Newspaper articles on the opening of HMCS CORNWALLIS

 

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(PJ51) Navy "City" at Deep Brook to Training Fighting Seamen - The Halifax Herald, 08 Jul 1943

 

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(PJ52-PJ53) Article on the opening of HMCS CORNWALLIS - Halifax Herald, 08 Jul 1943  (PJ54) Captain J.C.I. Edwards and G. McClintock, CO and XO of HMCS CORNWALLIS - The Evening Telegram, Toronto, 07 Jul 1943  (PJ55) The gym at HMCS CORNWALLIS under construction - The Evening Telegram, Toronto, 07 Jul 1943  (PJ56) Pal, the mascot of HMCS CORNWALLIS with Wrens Kay Reyburn and Joan Warren and Chief Gunner's Mate V. Burd  

 

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(PJ57) Empire's Largest Navy Base was Hayfield Year Ago - The Evening Telegram, Toronto, 07 Jul 1943  (PJ58-PJ61) Training at HMCS CORNWALLIS - The Evening Telegram, Toronto,  07 Jul 1943

 

(PJ61) Paul James' position indicated in the photo

 

From the collection of Paul James, Stoker, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of Gary James

 


 

 

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

 

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(1) West 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

 

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(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 

 

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(13) Mike - Mascot for HMCS CORNWALLIS

 

 

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HMCS CORNWALLIS - Halifax, 22 Sep - 23 Nov 1942

(HA28) Howard Abbott at HMCS CORNWALLIS, middle row, second from left  (HA105) Howard Abbott in HMCS CORNWALLIS  (HA106) RCN recruits outside barracks at HMCS Cornwallis  (HA108) Howard Abbott in HMCS CORNWALLIS  (HA110) Howard Abbott (centre) at HMCS Cornwallis

From the collection of AB Howard Abbott, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of Roger Litwiller

 

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) Raymond 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

 

Royal Canadian Naval School of Physical and Recreational Training

 

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(HB01) C. MacDonald  (HB02) Reg Mylrae  (HB03) Roy Anger  (HB04) Bob Greene  (HB05) Johnny Rowland  (HB06) Jim Arnott  (HB07) Johnny Altman  (HB08) Bill Harmon

 

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(HB09) Danny Seaman  (HB10) Gus Vickers  (HB11) Red Burchel  (HB12) HMCS Cornwallis New Entry Sports Award jacket patch  (HB13) Reg Mylrae  (HB14) Johnny Rowland  (HB15) Mike - mascot for HMCS Cornwallis  (HB16) Ron Sallis

 

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(HB17) Bee (top) - Sallis, Gardner, Lobby, Rowland (horizantal) - Baldwin, Goldfinch, Magnan, Barron, Phillips, Janes (standing)  (HB18-HB22) Training Instructors conducting classes on the beach at HMCS Cornwallis  (HB23) The Gang at Deep Brook  (HB24) Simpson

 

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(HB25) Sallis  (HB26) Bourque, (Summerfield ) Murphy, Burton  (HB27) Bourque, Henderson & Charles  (HB28) Back - R. Sallis, A. Goldfinch, F. Jones, P. Magnan, I. Barron, R. Phillips; Front - V. Baldwin, B. Gardner, Bee, Park, J. Rowland, L. O'Brien  (HB29) New Entry Staff - 1943  (HB30) P&RT School Staff & Qualifiers July 1943-44  (HB31) no caption  (HB32) P&RT School Staff - 1943

 

 

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(HB33) Frank Janes - 1943  (HB34) H.W. - 1943  (HB35) Bill Gardner, Harry Hine, H.W. - 1943  (HB36) Harry Hine - 1943  (HB37) Bill Gardner, Harry Hines, Frank Janes  (HB38) Bill Gardner  (HB39) - Bill Gardner, Frank Janes, Harry Hine  (HB40) No caption

 

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(HB42) H.W. (referee)

 

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From the collection of Harold W. Bee, PO, Training Instructor, RCNVR

 

Harold Bee was a Training Instructor at HMCS Cornwallis c1943-9144

 

Courtesy of Steven Kaye

 

 

Dedication of the Chapel at HMCS Cornwallis 07 Dec 1943 

 

 

From the collection of Dalton Kaye, Tel, RCNVR

Courtesy of Steve Kaye

 

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

 

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HMCS Cornwallis

(1) Canteen  (2) Dining Hall  (3) Whaler and boat falls on the jetty  (4) recruits on the parade square  (5) View from the rifle range  (6) Base Commanders residence  (8) Train Station  (8) Jetty and Boatshed

 

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(9) OS Walsh's platoon  (10) Holdstead  (11) "Shock"  (12) Cornwallis recruits on board HMCS Toronto 319

Photos circa 1954

 

From the collection of Francis Gerald (Gerry) Walsh

Courtesy of Mike O'Keefe

 

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

 

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Alvin's photos at HMCS Cornwallis - 1961

(1) Alvin Schlosser and friends  (2) Alvin's bunk - Assiniboine Division  (3) Assiniboine Division  (4) HMCS Cornwallis, Main gate (5) Assiniboine Division Building  (6) HMC Physical and Recreational Training School

 

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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