For anyone interested or searching the CFC for relatives & ancestors....
Hi my name is Bob Briggs
You might say, my early boyhood marked the beginning of my interest in the military.
My maternal great grandfather Thomas Josephus Haycock was in the Boer War with the 2nd Battalion South Staffordshire.
He came to Canada and in WW1 was with the 222nd Southern Manitoba Overseas Battalion in the Canadian Forestry Corps
He served in Canada, England and France
My maternal grandfather Perle ‘Bruce’ Tucker signed up in 1942 with the No. 28 Company, Canadian Forestry Corps
He served in Canada and Scotland
My paternal grandfather Percy James Briggs served in WW1 with the 90th Winnipeg Rifles (Little Black Devils) as a stretcher bearer
He served in Canada, England, France, Belgium and Germany
He also served with the Veteran’s Guard of Canada in WW2
I served in the RCHA from 1961 – 1966, first with the RCA Apprentice Battery in Shilo, Manitoba and then with the 2nd RCHA in Winnipeg and then in Fort Prince of Wales, Deilinghofen, Germany
I served in Canada and Germany
I always thought that one should be willing to protect their country with pride and we should always remember
|The Poppy is a symbol of Bravery & Remembrance for all fallen soldiers
The black-eyes Susan means "Justice". It is a cheery colour that represents the warmth of the soldiers' memories that live on in our hearts as we honour them by bringing their stories to light. We can still honour them by living life for them and being true just as they would want for us. Let not their sacrifice be in vain. Change is good and this flower might symbolize that justice is being served because we are not failing in our duty to remember them and make certain that history does not repeat itself.
I started out researching my grandfather Tucker, Perle Bruce Pte H94781 who was with No. 28 Coy CFC & my maternal great grandfather Pte Thomas Josephus Haycock who was in the Boer War with the 2nd Battalion South Staffordshire.
He came to Canada and in WW1 was with the 222nd Southern Manitoba Overseas Battalion in the Canadian Forestry Corps.
I invite you to have a peek.
My objective here is to provide any information regarding the Canadian Forestry Corps, the camps and the CFC soldiers.
I have in so many SO MANY TIMES hear a story was not told, a story that the soldier himself didn’t think he wanted to tell for whatever reason or the family didn’t ask of for whatever reason. That story is of why he signed up, what was going on prior to the war for him and his family, his time in the forces, his contact through letters back home, his coming home etc.
To me for my grandfather it wasn’t good enough for me what his name was and his service number.
He was a man, a husband, a father, he worked, he lived and he served. The children or grandchildren or other members of the family do want to hear how their family members served and be proud regardless of what his story, but he served his country.
As I have shared my grandfather with you, I invite you to share your family member that was in the Canadian Forestry Corps through stories, photos etc.
I invite you to go through the different sections that I have posted here to learn about the CFC.
In the beginning of WW2 only the Air Force had more priority than the CFC.
I am in the process of getting the war diaries. This gives a list of the men who served in the CFC with service number so if you need the service number to get the soldiers records. My work includes facts and stories which is my passion. Each artist has their technique
I can only hope you will find this work of value.
I do thank Jude for giving me this opportunity to help folks looking for info on their family members who was in the CFC along with the camps etc. She has been invaluable for helping me putting this together, doing addition research and putting it all on the website.
Thank you Robert J. Briggs
For Further information please contact Bob Briggs
* HQ No 1 Dist
* HQ No 2 Dist
* HQ No 3 Dist
* HQ No 4 Dist
* HQ No 5 Dist
* HQ No 6 Dist
No 4 Coy * No 5 Coy * No 6 Coy
No 7 Coy * No 8 Coy * No 9 Coy
No 10 Coy * No 11 Coy * No 12 Coy
No 13 Coy * No 14 Coy * No 15 Coy
No 16 Coy * No 17 Coy * No 18 Coy
No 19 Coy * No 20 Coy * No 21 Coy
No 22 Coy * No 23 Coy * No 24 Coy
No 25 Coy * No 26 Coy * No 27 Coy
No 28 Coy * No 29 Coy * No 30 Coy
|No 1 Canadian Special Forestry Section
No.1 Canadian Forestry Group
No.7 Canadian Forestry District
No.8 Canadian Forestry District
HQ CFC Can
No 1 Det * No 2 Det * No 3 Det
No 4 Det * No 5 Det * No 6 Det
CFC General Workshop
CFC Reinforcement Section
|Soldiers of the Forest
Overview of the work of the Soldiers of the Forest
Who Were these Soldiers of the Forest
A Soldier Signed Up
Life In Scotland
Soldiers Kit, Uniforms, etc..
Illness Injuries & Hospitals
Unknown Photo's Can you help?
CFC Soldiers & Scottish Folks
Personnel attached to the CFC from these Units
Special Thanks to:
* William C. Wonders author of “The Sawdust Fusiliers” for allowing me to use his book for my on going research on the Canadian Forestry Corps
* Danny Bouchard who I have hired to access the Library Archives of Canada for the War Diaries
* Paul Keenleyside for his excellent Map Work
* Bea Schultz for her volunteer efforts on the CFC in finding additional personal information on the CFC soldiers
* Michel Boily who sent me the original photos of No.10, 12, 15, 18, 19, 21, 27 and 28 Coy CFC for my keeping who received them from
Donald Ferguson son of Lt Col Neil Cameron Ferguson Commanding Officer of of HQ No 8 Canadian Forestry District of the CFC plus
scanned the photos and made pdf of each company photo to make available to share with the families of these CFC soldiers
* The Process of Jean-Francois Chicoine for photographing thousands of sheets of the War Diaries and making them available to post in the War Diary sections
of the various company sections & through his research making numerous photos available
* An explanation about the War Diaries
* David Ryan for Timeline of Canadian Forestry Corps & Trains and Ships of CFC in Canada
* Allan Barron son of Pte Harold Alexander Barron No. 17 Coy CFC who is making a concentrated effort to make contact with family members of No. 17 Coy CFC and
garnishing info and photos that I can add to No 17 Coy web page
From: Leslie Slotylak
Sent: Sunday, October 26, 2014 4:12 PM
Subject: Canadian Forestry Corps
This email comes by way of a thank you (to you and Jude Mitchell and other contributors) for the wonderful insight and information offered online regarding the Canadian Forestry Corps.
I have at least one Uncle who began his WW2 service with the Corps - and in the interest of compiling a genealogical record of my family, I have found your website very interesting and helpful.
My Uncle, Lance Corporal George Lynn McParlon was from Grand Forks, British Columbia - he went on to the Seaforth Highlanders and was killed at the battle of Ortona just days before the Germans troops of that battle capitulated (actually disappeared in the night, is my understanding).
Your website - all of the details and the stories/photos lend an invaluable contribution to the stories that I can tell of my ancestors ----------------so I thank you very much for being so generous in sharing information that is a true gift for the families of the men in the CFC.
My sincere regards - and thank you again.
From: Justin Helm
Sent: Saturday, November 11, 2017 2:20 PM
To: Bob Briggs
Personally I have found your website most informative and very easy to navigate. Yes there is a lot of content there and it takes a while to go through it all but that is not a bad thing. I think your webpage is one of those rare rich sites which has to be digested slowly in order to take it all in. Honestly I would not change anything. I am sure your site can be overwhelming for someone very new but sometimes making things too easy comes at a price by diminishing the overall content. I think you have achieved a wonderful balance and I am so grateful that you made it. Like you said, I came to your website not looking to become an expert on the CFC but to find out more about NO.13 COY and what the overall experience must have been like for my grandfather. However, I got so much more out of your website and from talking with you than I ever imagined so I think the beauty of your layout is that a person can drink from your cup as deep or as shallow as they want. The limits are entirely based upon their personal need , satisfaction and willingness to learn more.
These are my honest thoughts. It is a wonderful thing that you are doing and I am sure everyone that goes on your site is very thankful to have it. I know I was.
Maybe for yourself things will never be perfect but for others that is likely all they need.
From: Roydon Woodbeck
Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2019 12:03 PM
To: Bob Briggs
I like the fact that it is ordered chronologically, it makes reading easier and I am able to follow the company on a daily basis from their forming to disbanding.
I like reading the daily diaries. There is a fair amount of mundane info recorded, the weather and production numbers, but I find even that interesting. If you read through all of them you will find gems like weddings, POW movement, staff photographer visit, medical situations and even visits from royalty.
I also like the other little tidbits you include, for instance a receipt of a car loan from a local dealer and a note from a clergyman, I believe, expressing concern over whether or not the men could frequent the cafe in Pitlochry.
I look for any reference to my father( there are a couple).
In short I just enjoy the read, it sort of gives me a sense of being there.
Also Thank you to the following folks who have used some of our research and included in their research in their websites and have linked it to this
website of the Canadian Forestry Corps
*Canadian Forestry Corps Persons Recruited from the Ottawa, Canada Area
*Maurice Horsburgh, Ardersier - Scotland From Music to Missiles
*Canadian Forestry Corps in the Local Woods
* Raking Leaves
We try to always have the current links available but sometimes the links change for different reasons so if you see an outdated link
please let us know so we may find another alternative link or source - Thank you
General Links of Interest - Thank you to the following:
Aboriginal Veterans Tribute Honour list
Canadian Finnish Soldiers in WW II
Maud Mary & The Titianic link courtesy of Beverley C. daughter of Sgt John James Price
The Canadian Forestry Corps - The Woodland Trust - Note: The CFC Cap Badge photo belongs to Robert J. Briggs as found in the CFC Coy web pages
The Fortrose and Rosemarkie Archive
*Dear Robert — I drew on your excellent website for help in creating my own blog post about the foresters, and credited you at the end. I hope you enjoy this and share it with your own followers.
Thanks, Elinor Canadian Lumberjacks Go To War
Canadian Forestry Corps in the local woods by Sheila
UK to Canada Genealogy by Penny Allen
Remembering the Canadian Forestry Corps
Sawdust Fusiliers - Canadian Forestry Corps Living History Group * From: David Tamzin Hutchison - Morning Bob - First off I'd like compliment you on your site as it is one amazing resource in regards to the Canadian Forestry Corps and has been a big help to me. Earlier this year I started researching the Canadian Forestry Corps for a living history impression that I'm working on as I've been involved in reenactment for 3 years. I've been researching both 11 Coy and 5 Coy as they were on our doorstep and believe these two should be the ones we focus our attention on. David
ellinbessner.com - I have worked with Ellin on submitting names of CFC Soldiers that were of Jewish Faith.
From: Norman Davidson
Sent: Thursday, September 12, 2019 2:03 AM
To: 'Bob Briggs'
Subject: CFC Website links
After a life time in forestry I have for the last 12 years been working as a volunteer on a Scottish Forestry history website in an attempt to record images, stories, maps, papers on forestry in Scotland before it is either forgotten or lands in the waste skip. It is a random collection of items recorded and written up as and when items are passed to me or discovered in my wanderings around old offices and when meeting members of local communities. The website is www.forestry-memories.org.uk
Access to Information (ATI) Online Request – to obtain the services records for a soldier
Library and Archives Canada
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Legion Magazine – to search to see if your soldier was a member
Canadian Roots UK War children looking for fathers
* Read how one war child found his Canadian Forestry Corps father
CMHS.ca - The Calgary Military Historical Society – to help understand abbrev.
Military Districts of Canada 1939
Canadian Army Training Centres of World War II by Bruce Forsyth
Scarlet Finders Locations of British General Hospitals during WW2
Canadian Gravemarker Gallery
CWGC - Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Find a Grave
Laughton.ca WWII Service Numbers - Some of the CFC soldiers transferred to the CFC but it is unknown
which unit they signed up with. By cross referencing the service numbers in this list – should give you the answer
Wikipedia - List of units of the Canadian Army
Soldiers of the First World War - CEF - to find attestation papers for your WW1 soldier
Heritage Canadiana - Section on the CFC
The British Newspaper Archive - For newspaper clippings of marriages & other information of CFC soldiers