Canadian Forestry Corps
Canadian Forestry Corps in WWII
Information supplied by Robert Briggs with contributions by JFLH

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No. 11 Company, Canadian Forestry Corps
District No. 2, Camp 33
Dall, Kinloch Rannoch; Carrbridge

Canadian Mobilization Point - Haileybury, Ont
Mobilization Date - 10 Aug 1940
Arrived in Scotland - 20 Apr 1941
Ceased Operations in Scotland - 26 May 1945
Camps Occupied in Scotland
(relocation dates indicated) - Dall, Kinloch Rannoch; Carrbridge
(11 Dec 42)

No. 11 Company, Canadian Forestry Corps, CASF
History
24 May 1940 – Authorized – Serial 2112 (GO 184/40)
10 August 1940 – Mobilized in Haileybury, Ontario (CFC Website)
7 November 1940 - CASF designation dropped (GO 273/40)
20 June 1945– Disbanded (GO 327/45)
War Diaries
16432 – 1940/08-1942/12
16433 – 1943/01-1945/06
Notes
1/8/40 – Haileybury, Ontario - Instruction letter from MD No. 2, Toronto, received by Major W.A.H. Ferguson with mobilization orders for No. 11 Company, Canadian Forestry Corps, CASF. Letter dates 31-7/40 based on NDHQ letter of 25-7/40. Letter called for immediate mobilization to be completed on or before 18-8/40 with 193 all ranks. Owing to the facts that the Armouries, Haileybury were overcrowded and occupied by HQ Company Algonquin Regiment, delay was occasioned in the recruiting of this company as no quarters were available. Major W.A.H. Ferguson was TOS as of 25/7/40. Other officers TOS from 25/7/40 to 20/8/40.[WD]
10/8/40 – The unit of the Veterans Guard having moved from the Armouries, this company took over space previously occupied by them for orderly room and commenced active recruiting. [WD]
18/8/40 – Company recruited to full strength with 10 ORs over strength per establishment. [WD]
13/9/40 – Company entrained for Quebec City, PQ [WD]
14/9/40 – Arrived at Limolou Station, Quebec at 1620 hours. Troops marched to the Immigration Building, which was to be used as barracks. [WD]
25/9/40 – Other units occupying the Immigration Building were: [No. 11 Company WD]
94th Anti-Tank Battery, RCA
82nd Anti-Tank Battery, RCA
Nos. 9, 16 and 17 Companies, Canadian Forestry Corps, CASF
31/10/40 – Immigration Building, Quebec, PQ – Nos. 11, 12, 13 and 15 Companies inspected by Brigadier-General J.B. White, Corps Commander. [No. 11 Company WD]
20/2/41 – Company left Quebec on TS-228 (Movement Control)
20/2/41 – Company arrived at Valcartier (Movement Control)
4/4/41 –Company left Valcartier on TS-251. (Movement Control)
5/4/41 – Company arrived Halifax and embarked on E-129 Batory. (Movement Control)
10/4/41 – Company sailed for United Kingdom.
20/4/41 – Arrived in Scotland.
26/4/45 – Cease operations in Scotland.
Courtesy of David Ryan

CFC Cap Badge
Courtesy of Robert J. Briggs

The war created a crisis in wood supply for the United Kingdom. Pre-war domestic production covered only a small fraction of the timber needed to support the war effort. In addition to civilian requirements, it was estimated that every soldier needed five trees: one for living quarters, messing, and recreation; one for crates to ship food, ammunition, tanks, and so on; and three for explosives, gun stocks, coffins, ships, factories, and direct or indirect support for the fighting line.
Canadians stepped up to fill this need. During 1941 and 1942, thirty companies drawn from all regions of Canada, totalling 220 officers and 6,771 regulars, were deployed to Scotland.
Also it takes a number of support soldiers for each fighting soldier.

We did load a ship with lumber, yeah. And it went to Africa and I took a chalk and I wrote my name and address on the board. I get to, it was about a month after, first thing I get this letter from the soldier in Africa. He says, "I want to tell you, he said, that you people, your job is important," he said, "We used your lumber today, we landed in Africa.
Courtesy of Joseph Wilmer Gagnon - The Memory Project Historica Canada

Once again the British Government turned to Overseas Woodsman to assist in the war effort. Given their impressive record in World War One it was natural that they looked to Canada to provide forestry units once again. In May 1940 the Canadian Government decided to form a Canadian Forestry Corps. Twenty Companies were initially formed with ten more as the war progressed. The financial agreement between the two Governments as similar to that in World War I. Canada would bear the cost of pay, allowances and pensions, all initial personal equipment, transport to and from the United Kingdom. The British Government paid for "all other services connected with equipment, work or maintenance" and certain others, including medical services. Canada covered the cost for Medical Officers and Britain paid for hospitalization.
The arrangement was unusual as it resulted in a Canadian Unit working for the British, who controlled the areas of work and disposal of the product, but Military operations of the C.F.C. was never surrendered by the Canadians and came under command of Canadian Military Headquarters in London. Even though the C.F.C. had to serve two masters, no serious problems ever resulted.
Mobilization centres for the Corp spanned all across Canada, and recruited both English and French speaking personnel. Many of the volunteers were veterans of World War One, including the Corp's Commander, Brigadier- General J.B. White. Many of the men carried out the same duties as they did in civilian life, such as loggers, black smiths, lawyers, store man, cooks and clerks. The big difference between the new Corp and their World War One counter parts were the new Corp were considered Combat Troops.

No. 11 Company, Canadian Forestry Corps War Diaries - Library And Archives Canada Military Heritage

Aug 1940 Sept 1940 Part 1 & Part 2 Oct 1940 Part 1 & Part 2
Nov 1940 Part 1 & Part 2 Dec 1940 Part 1 & Part 2 Jan 1941 Part 1 & Part 2

No. 11 Company, Canadian Forestry Corps - Enlistment & Training

This larger Map shows that the men came from across our country of Canada and where each of the original 20
companies was mobilized and what percentage from each province the men came from.
Courtesy of 'The Sawdust Fusiliers' by William C. Wonders

"The Canadian Forestry Corps unlike infantry or artillery units in the Army were recruited from scratch that is unlike these above units there was no permanent cadre with any military experience. I remember in Haileybury, driving my commanding officer to a small town to recruit Bob Smith, who had been recommended to him as a good blacksmith, one of the trades called for in our establishment. Smith was interested and was immediately taken on strength as a sergeant because the establishment called for it. The same thing happened with key individuals like a mill foreman, whereas millwrights and sawyers might have a corporal's rank. The infantry could never have operated on this principle, but almost all cases in the CFC it seemed to work very well… if the men were good at their job, they were also usually good leaders and many of those in senior categories were sent up to get their commissions later in the war."
By Lt. Peter H. Morley
Reference 'The Sawdust Fusiliers' by William C. Wonders

"At the time No. 11 Company was being formed at Haileyburg, I was working as a summer student graduate student at the Forest Insects, Federal Dept. of Agricultural field lab' at Laniel on Kipawa Lake in Western Quebec. I had taken my B.Sc. F. At Toronto and had worked a couple of previous summers at the Department and had obtained my M.Sc. at McGill in Biology and was working on my Ph.D. there. Haileybury is just across the Ontario-Quebec border and on the weekends I often drove over to see friends. I heard that a Major Ferguson was recruiting and went over to see him. I think my main appeal to him was not as a forester but the fact that I had been a member of the McGill COTC and had received my commission as a 2nd lieutenant. He was looking for a training officer as none of the other officers had any military training. After being signed on, I helped our Sergeant-Major Edgar, who fortunately was a good one, set up some basic training but most of the time in Haileybury was spent in recruiting and outfitting the men. I remember we received quite a few complaints about the meals that were being served. Edgar said dryly to me that the biggest complainers were those who had been on relief of which there were quite a few. Don't forget that these were still the Depression years; it really took the War to pull us out of it."
By Lt. Peter H. Morley

Haileybury Railway Station Haileybury, Ontario
- Canada-rail: Ontario Railway Stations Haileybury

On reaching their numbers the No. 11 Coy then proceeded by train from Haileybury, Ont., for military training at Valcartier Camp, Quebec where they would have had 5 to 7 months training. After completion of training the men travelled by train to Halifax for embarkation on one of the troops ships. They would travel in convoys escorted by destroyers. They disembarked at a Clyde estuary port, whence they proceeded by train to their Scottish Camp.

At the end ten of the companies went to the mainland in the Invasion of Normandy, to cut timber there. Ten companies stayed in Scotland to work at their saw mills. Ten companies were disbanded and went back to Canada to form units to cut fuel wood. The No. 11 Coy was one of the Companies that stayed in Scotland. The ten companies that stayed were No. 4, 6, 10, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 22 and 24. However a lot of men were transferred from one company depending on where that soldier was needed. Also about 700 men were transferred to combat units as well.

Some of the officers from Companies No. 11 and 12 were picked to the reorganized Coy 5 to go over to the mainland.

No. 11 Company, Canadian Forestry Corps - Camp 33

Canadian Forestry Camps in Scotland WW2 Note: Camp 33, Kinloch Rannoch
Courtesy of 'The Sawdust Fusiliers' by William C. Wonders

Photos No.11 Coy Camp Dall Kinloch Rannoch Carrbridge
Courtesy of Sandra Shanks

Gourock Map Courtesy of Paul Keenleyside

It is convenient at this point to describe the War Establishment of a Forestry Company, C.F.C. The Establishment (CDN/IV/1940/12A/1, DATED Mar 41) provides for a total of 194 all ranks, of whom six are officers: one Major as Commanding Officer, one Captain as Second in Command, one Adjutant, and three Subalterns "for Timber operations". Of these last, one is normally is in charge in the bush, one is in charge of the mill, and one is technical officer. There are 12 Sergeants, of whom two are Mill Foreman and five Bush Foreman, one a Blacksmith, one a M.T. Sergeant, one a Sergeant Cook, and two Assistant Instructors. It is not necessary or desirable to rehearse all the details here, as the Official Historian will have all War Establishments easily available to him; but it may be noted that the list of rank and file includes the following tradesmen: 2 Millwrights, 2 Sawyers, Forestry; 1 Electrician; 3 Motor Mechanics, one of whom is a Corporal, 1 Carpenter, 1 Plumber or Pipefitter; 1 Shoemaker, and 1 Tailor. Among the mass of non-tradesmen, the following groups are conspicuous: 20 Logmakers, 30 Rollers and Chainmen, 10 Road Cutters, 14 Drivers I.C. (Internal Combustion)

Re No. 29 Report
The No. 11 Coy brought with them the most up-to-date logging equipment then available in Canada. They brought a standard medium type rotary mill with a capacity of 1500-2000 bd. ft. an hour or c. 8,000 cu. ft a week/3-5-4-7 cm an hour or 227 cm a week. (The British Forestry Commission also provided the company with a Scotch mill or bench, but these were not popular with the Canadians.) Power was supplied by 100-horsepowe Diesel generators. Logging equipment included TD9 caterpillar tractors, lorries, sulkies (pneumatic-tired arches), angle dozers for road making, and two and three drum winches for high-lead logging. They also were equipped with a variety of transportation vehicles, four tractors, two sulkies, one motorcycle, and originally six bicycles.
The No. 11 Coy consisted of 190 - 200 all ranks, under the command of a major. British authorities already had identified and requisitioned the major forest resources to be harvested. It laid on privately owned land, the owner had a long tradition of scientific forestry and was generally willing to assist in the wartime emergency despite the cost to their long-range forestry programmes. Their campsite was near completion by civilian contractors and the 5th was thus to proceed directly on arrival, from the Clyde ports to their camp.

MS Batory 1937 MS Batory - Wikipedia
By Zdjecie niepodpisane (Tygodnik "Swiatowid") [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Ship MS Batory 1937 - The ship No. 11 Coy Canadian Forestry Corps went over on
Ship Ille De France - The ship No. 11 Coy Canadian Forestry Corps came back on

Courtesy of 'The Sawdust Fusiliers' by William Wonders

Heavy CFC logging truck
Photo Courtesy of Al Neale - son of Pte Charles Frederick Neale

The heavy-laden Canadian lumber lorries from mills to shipping points placed a great deal of strain on local roads and access roads even when they were gravelled, particularly during rainy periods.
Even before felling could begin most companies had to introduce an access road network in the forests to enable their mechanized equipment to be used, in contrast to the widespread use of horses in prewar local forests. Road building and maintenance continued to occupy part of the CFC personnel even after the initial period.
The military role of the CFC as distinct from its industrial role was important, particularly during the period of possible German Invasion after the fall of France. Personnel were allowed to wear civilian clothing while working, but uniforms were required for military activities and when on leave. As combatant troops they received additional military training on Saturdays after their week's work in the woods. This included practice on rifle ranges and tactical exercises with other military units. Periodically they participated in weekend military schemes in their areas.
In the earlier period a shortage of weapons and ammunition proved frustrating, e.g. one company waited a month after arrival before receiving its first arms and then these consisted of a total of 48 Lee-Enfield rifles and only 100 rounds of ammunition.

Nissan Hut at some of the camps
Due to its semicircular, corrugated iron shape the Nissen Hut deflected shrapnel and bomb blast making it a perfect bomb shelter
Courtesy of Melanie McLennan


Wee County at War

More Photos courtesy David Hutchinson

From: DavidTamzin Hutchison
Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2017 11:48 PM
To: rj.gonefishing@shaw.ca
Subject: Canadian Forestry Corps
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.
Jean-Francois Chicione has been a big help with us and recommended I get in touch, not sure if you would like to add our details to your website. We are doing two events this year one of which will be setting up a logging camp over here in Scotland
If I can help you in anyway please let me know bob
Dave Hutchison

CFC Headquarters might declare that 'severe disciplinary action is to be taken against anyone convicted of poaching game' on 23 February 1943, but it was not an easy thing to check professional woodsman in a wooded setting. By far the majority of CFC personnel respected Scottish sporting rights, but coming as they did from a country where most rivers are open for public fishing and hunting at least seasonally involves a significant number of the population, the temptation was great. No. 11 Company at Carrbridge Camp received a visit from the gamekeeper at Kinveachy Estate, complaining about Canadian soldiers shooting deer and leaving them in the woods.
"We had complaints of poaching of game at both Dall and Carrbridge. Actually as very little ammunition was let out for safety reasons, and then had to be accounted for, I suspect that many of the poachers were aided and abetted by some of the locals. At Dall, I managed to acquire a .22 (rifle) with some ammunition and shot rabbits which were plentiful. (This was quite legal). I told our mess cook to tell the major it was chicken. I don't think he really believed it but was happy to eat it as our meat ration was somewhat skimpy. However eggs were always in plentiful supply in contrast to England."
The Canadian Forestry Corps was a welcome presence in the Highlands economically as well as socially. The 1943 Christmas turkeys for No. 11 Company at Carrbridge Camp were purchased from butchers in Grantown-on-Spey.
Several camps had garden patches to provide fresh vegetables for the men. Swill from the messes was sold to local farmers and the income spent on the messes, or some companies kept pigs and the swill was fed to them. On reaching maturity the pigs were sold to the RASC. Rather than have to purchase young pigs, one company at Cawdor North Camp decided to raise its own, but discovered pigs do not always obey army orders: "17 March 1942 - Delighted to notice that one of our sows is pregnant. We had come to the conclusion that her several trips to the boar had provided her with diversion only."
The CFC was apparently well liked in the Scottish Highlands. The men became active participants in local functions, from fundraising to staging Christmas parties for the local children. Many times, scrap wood mysteriously fell from lorries beside homes in need of fuel. A notable tribute to the CFC was paid by Laura Lady Lovat when she stated, "you Canadians may be cutting the Scots firs of the Highlands, but in Highland hearts you are planting something far more lasting".

Not all close associations ended in marriage. No. 11 Company also recorded that on the second of December two fair ladies of the village called at the mess last night to see Capt. Macleod. Apparently one of our men at one time or another let his feelings get the better of him and wasn't too careful when they exploded!
Courtesy of Melanie McLennan

Companies usually worked in two sections, "one cutting 'in the bush' and bringing out the timber, the other sawing it into lumber in the company mill, and both using mostly Canadian mechanical equipment," The relative openness of the cultivated Scottish forests in contrast to the tangled undergrowth of most natural Canadian pleased the CFC. Nevertheless, pressure had to be applied to Canadian fallers to cut trees close to the ground in Scottish fashion, rather than higher up, which left unsightly stump-fields so common in home forestry operations. The felling crew consisted of three men, two sawing down and one trimming or limbing. Hand saws and axes were the tools employed. The trees involved reflected the variety of Scottish plantations, with Scot pine, spruce and larch particularly common, but also Douglas fir and hardwoods on occasion.
The frequent alternation of rain and snow proved unexpected for many of the Canadians, accustomed to a more continuous snow season. Men's hands were often cut up by handling wet lumber in raw cold weather. Most of the area where they were working in Scotland lay north of 57degrees N, a higher latitude location than most forest operations in Canada-approximately the latitude of Mile 150 on the Alaska Highway (some 100 milesé160 kilometres north of Fort St. John, B.C.), Fort McMurray, Alberta, Lynn Lake, Manitoba, and the Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay. Consequently, the longer winter darkness period in Scotland was an inconvenience for the felling teams at the extreme ends of the working day and working hours had to be adjusted to seasonal light conditions. (Companies worked a full-hour day, with precise hours decided by individual company commanders.
There was no specific equipment provided for loading logs on trucks when they had to be transported to the mill. In most cases where the logging was conducted not too far from the mill, the trees could be taken tree length to the mill by the sulky and bucked (cut into log lengths) at the landing.

War Brides of No.11 Company Canadian Forestry Corps

Boyce, John Peter Pte B20098 married Miss Katherine Margery MacDiarmid
Carr, Whitney Pte married Miss Jeanie Clark
Degruchie, William Pte E29208 married Miss Janet Clifford
Eckenswiller, Harold Joseph Pte B20221 married Miss Rose Findlay
Milton, Clifford Neil Harris Pte B20149 married Miss Jessie Clacher MacGregor 28 Sep 1942
Soutar, Herbert Neil Pte B20085 married Miss Lillian Henderson Lourie
Steele, Gordon George Pte married Miss Ann Steele

No. 11 Company, Canadian Forestry Corps - Photos and stories of the soldiers

Lieut Gordon, Major George Kenneth Campbell, Capt Carmichael, Major McCaul, Major Ferguson, Lieut Shillington
Photo courtesy Joan Payne daughter of Major G.K. Campbell

From: mike allard
Sent: February-17-12 10:07 AM
To: rj.gonefishing@shaw.ca
Subject: Patrick Allard
Hello Robert
I found out that Pat was the youngest of 14 children, born Jan 27/1912. Through new found relatives I found out he was in the CFC in WW2 and also went to Korea with the PPCLI. He was born in South Himsworth Lot 1 Concession 5 and the birth was registered Feb 19/1912 in Powasson Ontario. Joseph Allard and Margareta Jane O'Connor were his parents. Joseph died suddenly in 1914. O'Connor moved around a lot afterwards. I am told she moved to the Toronto area eventually. So the Parry Sound area is my best guess for where he signed up.

From: mike allard
Sent: February-17-12 11:48 PM
To: 'Robert J Briggs'
Subject: RE: Emailing: Pat Allard welder
Pat Allard the welder is without question my grandfather. The resemblance to myself and my uncle Vic is uncanny, the Allard men have very similar features. I was told he worked as a mechanic at various shops throughout North Bay and area and welding fits in. My other uncle Jim was also a mechanic. Haileybury , Ont. Is not that far from the Bay, so it makes sense also, I cannot thank you enough, this is the first time I have seen my grandfather.

Pte Les Andrews front row 2nd from left
Courtesy of Peter Yandt

From: Peter Yandt
Sent: May-26-12 3:19 PM
To: rj.gonefishing@shaw.ca
Subject: Help with some info about the Canadian Forest Corp
Thank you for those docs
These are the only 2 pic I have the craft store one and the one with my Great Uncle George and is Cpl Les Andrews. I got your address from the website (By the way great website). If I could get a copy of that group picture to print and show my Uncles I would be appreciated even those you cannot make it out the people faces I would be appreciated
I sent to Ottawa just waiting to hear back for them. About the discharge accident I have hear 2 stories One that is was the Nazi Collaborator and another that it was a GI jeep by accident so I guess I will not find out till this records show up So he could of stayed in Scotland as some family members said he was always it the Canadian Forest Corp.
I found some of his medals but they are so tarnish it going to take me awhile to clean them up without damaging them as my one uncle had them in his damp garage. They are just the regular medals they hand out for WW2.
I been told there is an article in The North bay Nugget Newspaper of him out racing a Train delivering messages in the military.
Thanks again for your help
Peter

Bob
He got married in Canada and then got shipped out 3 days later and He volunteered to go.
I know what you mean about what the medals represent that why I saved them from my Uncles before they gone missing or worst. I will diffently sent you pic when I restore them.
As for my Grandfather grave He die before I was born and in his last non selfish act he donate his body to science and organ donor and I told by my mom there is a small plaque with his name on in Toronto.
Peter

Leslie Arthur Andrews
Service Number B20168
On the right
Courtesy of Peter Yandt

From: Peter Yandt
Sent: May-27-12 6:34 PM
To: Robert J Briggs
Subject: Re: Emailing: 800px-Batory001.jpg
Hi Bob
No problem and thanks you for the info. I'm slowing going over the info and the photos (working 6 days a week up to 12 hrs. does not help) as I agree with what you say about not knowing what they went through and their stories. I did not know much about CFC till I came across your site.
I gave your website address to my family member's so they can do more research about CFC. And hopefully when I get the info from Ottawa about my Grandfather I will learn more info about what happen over in Scotland and CFC. And I will let you know what I find out. Ottawa sent me a later saying it can take up till 5 month.
hanks again for your help
Peter

Gordon Steele at Ann MacPherson (his wife) parent's home in Scotland (Kinloch-Rannock)

Hi Robert:
Below are the notes from Mrs Steele.
QUOTE:
Notes from Ann Steele. (Gordon Steele's wife.)
Prior to WW2 our family lived in Kinloch Rannoch. We were teens when WW2 began and unable to fully understand the horrors of war. I recall the rationing mostly. About 1940, a Forestry Corps Company deployed close to our village and they proceeded to cut down all the larger trees on local properties. One day a group of us were playing street baseball, when Gordon and Les Browse were walking by and asked if they could join us. We agreed and that was the day I met Gordon Steele. We were married in December 1941. Gordon's best man was George DePencier and my bridesmaid was his wife Marg DePencier. Our wedding date was also my sister's birthday. In 1942 our daughter Jacklyn was born and in 1943 our son George was born. After the war, Gordon returned to Canada in September 1945 travelling on the Ile de France. In late May 1946, Jacklyn and George and I proceeded to Canada on the Queen Mary. We arrived in Halifax about 27 May and took the train from Halifax to Montreal and then to North Bay where we arrived on 30 May in a snowstorm. This was a shock because when we left Scotland it was sunny and warm. Needless to say this trip was nerve wracking and remarkable. A new family, new country, new home and new way of life. Gordon had prepared for our arrival. he had a house ready for us and the members of his large family welcomed us. In 1951 Ann's parents and her younger sister arrived in North Bay from Scotland to start a new life also. The large Steele family, my parents and sister; and Gordon's friends from North Bay who I had met in Scotland, all contributed to making our move to Canada a wonderful experience. UNQUOTE

Al Leslie Scottish civilian story Courtesy of The Memory Project Historica Canada

Rainville, Vincent Charles Cpl B20096



From: Mike and Carol Thompson
Sent: May-17-12 9:00 AM
To: rj.gonefishing@shaw.ca
Subject: 11th Company CFC - Photos
Hello Bob,
My wife's father left a collection of photographs when he passed away in 1968. Amongst them were the attached photos, of men from the 11th Coy, CFC. My wife's father, George Davie, was a cook in the NAAFI and I assume that he was attached to the CFC. He was born in Kirriemuir, Angus and was recruited into the NAAFI at Edinburgh on 1 May 1941.
The photos are of:
B-20044 Pte M J Sheedy (AKA Jim)
B-20096 Pte Vincent Rainville
Two unknown CFC members feeding pigeons in Trafalgar Square
We would be interested to know if you have any information about these gentlemen or, if not, feel free to use the photos and other details in you own research. We will be visiting Scotland next month and will take a trip to Kinloch Rannoch. It's only about 70 miles from Dundee, where we are staying.
Hope to hear from you soon
Mike and Carol Thompson

No. 11 Company, Canadian Forestry Corps - Company Photos


No. 11 Company CFC Aug 1941 - Large Photo
No 11 Coy CFC War Diary - Library And Archives Canada Military Heritage

Courtesy Jean – Francois Chicoine


No. 11 Company CFC Aug 1943 - Large Photo
No 11 Coy CFC War Diary -Library And Archives Canada Military Heritage

Courtesy Jean – Francois Chicoine

No. 11 Company, Canadian Forestry Corps - Soldiers List

List of Abbreviations - Library And Archives Canada Military Heritage
ABBREVIATIONS and ACRONYMS of WW2 and service records
Military Districts of Canada 1939
Calgary Military Historical Society

Access to Information (ATI) Online Request – to obtain the services records for a soldier

Allard, Patrick Lawrence Pte B20058
Andrews, David Isaac Pte B20111
Andrews, Leslie Cpl B20168
Ansley, James Dawson Pte B20023 Transf to No.26 Coy
Armstrong, Morley Ross Pte B20066 Transf to No.12 Coy & RCASC
Arnold, William Frederick Ashmore LCpl B20167 Transf to No.26 Coy
Baldwin, Carl Reginald Pte B20216 Transf to No.12 Coy
Barker, Leslie Gladstone ASgt B20093
Barr, Andrew Forrest Thomson ALCpl B20217 foreman lumber yard - transf to RCA 14th Regt 44th Batt
Bastedo, George Campbell Lt K98585 Transf from No.6 Coy & OCTU & HQ CFC transf to No.21 Coy & CFC HQ No 1 Dist Canmore Alberta
Beacock, Elgin Herbert Pte B20144
Beaulieu, Philip Pte B20030 Transf to No.26 Coy
Belanger, Lorenzo ASgt B20130 Discharged
Bernard, Edward Pte B20068 Discharged
Berthelot, Douglas LCpl B20116 Transf to No.12 Coy
Bethune, Kenneth James Pte B20094 Transf to RCASC & No.11 Coy & No.5 Coy & No.11 Coy
Bilinksi, Steve Pte B20174
Blackmore, Allen William James Pte B20131
Blunden, Henry LCpl B20062 Transf to No.12 Coy
Bois, Harvey Pte B20114 cook class C - transf to No.12 Coy
Boivin, Joseph Arthur Pte B20197 Discharged
Boorman, William Morris Pte B20229
Booth, Frederick Joseph John Pte B20603 Transf from No.12 Coy transf to HQ No 1 CFG
Bourdage, Joseph Pte B20218
Bowland, James Hezekiah Pte B20057 Transf to No.26 Coy
Boyce, John Peter Pte B20098
Bradley, Gerard Ralph ALCpl B20024
Brebant, John Edward Emmanuel Pte B20091 Discharged
Britt, Hiram W. Pte C70266 Transf to No.16 Coy & No.9 Coy See - No 7 CFD
Brocanier, Adelard Daniel Sgt B20015 Transf to No.12 Coy
Brocanier, George Gilbert Sgt B20161
Brodie, Francis Henry Pte B20198 Transf to No.6 Coy & HQ No 1 CFG
Brouse, Leslie James Morgan Cpl B20061 Transf to No.5 Coy See - No 8 CFD
Brown, Charles Henry Pte B20065 Transf to No.12 Coy
Brown, Frank Stanley Pte B20219
Brown, W.L. Pte K41512 rigger - transf to No 1 CSFS & No.1 Coy & No.16 Coy - See No 7 CFD
Bullimore, A. Pte C34101 Transf from No 3 DD & No.16 Coy transf to No.16 Coy - See No 8 CFD
Burke, Norman Vincent Robert Alfred Capt Transf to Gen Workshop
Burleigh, Raymond Albert Pte B20106 Transf to No 2 DD
Calder, Robert Mitchell Capt Transf from No.23 Coy transf to HQ No 5 Dist
Callahan Frederick Denis Anthony Pte B20003 Discharged
Cameron, Donald Major ALCpl B20183 Transf to No.6 Coy
Carmichael, Duncan Alexander Capt Transf to No.12 Coy
Carr, Whitney T. Pte B20765 Transf from No.12 Coy
Carrier, Wilfred Joseph Pte B20199 Transf to No.12 Coy
Caton, Walter Pte B20230
Chalmers, James Alexander Pte B20567 Transf from No.12 Coy
Chernoff, J.A. Pte K45206 mill foreman - transf to No 1 CSFS & No.1 Coy & No.28 Coy - See No 7 CFD
Church, Frederick George Pte B66909 Discharged
Church, Joseph Pte B20070 Discharged
Cleroux, Rene Pte B20200
Conlin, Dorcey Pte B20186
Connors, Malcolm Woodbury Pte E36151 Transf from No.3 Coy & Gen Worskshop transf to HQ No 1 CFG
Cook, Reginald Pte B20506 Transf from No.12 Coy transf to No.1 Coy - See No 7 CFD
Cook, Richard Terrance Major Transf from No.20 Coy & HQ No 4 Dist transf to HQ No 4 Dist
Couchman, Harold Raymond Pte B20172
Courville, Alex Pte B20147
Cousineau, Joseph Aldric Edgar Pte B20063
Coutts, James W. Pte B20038 Transf to G&SF
Cozac, George Pte B20165
Cross, Donald James Capt H53304 mill offr - transf from No.5 Coy & OCTU transf to No.9 Coy & HQ No 4 Dist
Cull, Michael Ansoln Pte B20113
Cummings, James Arthur Pte B20048
Cummings, James Peter Pte B20049
Dancy, Angus Pte C34051 Transf from No 3 DD & No.12 Coy transf to No.14 Coy
Davidson, Duncan Stewart Pte B20220
Davis, Howard Robert ASgt B20184 Transf to OCTU & No.12 Coy & No.16 Coy - See No 8 CFD & Military Government of ACC
Dean, Joseph Pte B20132
Decota, Harry Pte B20120 Discharged
Defaure, Albert Edward Pte B20103 Discharged
Degruchie, William Wallace Pte E29208 Transf from HQ No 2 Dist & No.12 Coy - See CFC Casualties
Dejean, J. Pte B20737 Transf from No.12 Coy transf to No.26 Coy
Delorme, Leo Joseph Pte B20146 Transf to No.6 Coy & No.1 Coy - See No 7 CFD
Depencier, George Howe Pte B20190 Transf to No.6 Coy
Devillier, Guilloum Arthur Pte Discharged
Devine, John Joseph Andrew ASgt B20050
Dolan, Michael John Pte B20005 Discharged
Doljac, Nickola Pte B20175 - See CFC Casualties
Dool, Thomas Adam Pte B20072 Discharged
Downard, William Norman Pte B20025
Drouin, Edward Joseph ASgt B20017
Dunkel, Leonard Walter Pte B20680 Transf from No.12 Coy transf to RCA
Eckenswiller, Harold Joseph Pte B20221
Edgar, Maurice Roy CSM B20000 Transf to No.12 Coy
Emare, Vidal Pierre Pte B20179
English, David Pte Transf from No.28 Coy
Farrow, Kenneth Gordon Pte B20099 Transf to No.1 Coy - See No 7 CFD
Farrow, William Wilson Pte B20107 Transf to No.1 Coy See No 7 CFD
Faubert, James Pte B20071 tailor class B - transf to No.12 Coy
Fayant, Walter Pte H62933
Ferguson, William Albert Henry Major
Fisher, Lorne Arthur Pte B20124
Fleg, L.A. Pte B20641 Transf from No.12 Coy
Fletcher, Reginald Robert Pte B20222
Foran, Michael John Sgt B20169 Transf to No.5 Coy - See No 8 CFD
Fortin, Henry Pte B20116
Fowke, Thomas Hilliard ASgt B20081
Froude, Walter Cecil Pte B20178 Transf to No.26 Coy
Fulmer, Norval Clarence Pte B20201
Galipeau, Rodolphe Duff Pte B20076 Transf to No.28 Coy - See No 8 CFD
Gannon, Francis Joseph Pte B20020 Transf to No.12 Coy
Gardiner, John Pte B20145
Garneau, George ACpl B20160
Garratt, Pte Transf from No.28 Coy
Gauthier, Arthus Lucien Pte B20073 Discharged
Gauthier, L. Pte B20625 Transf from No.12 Coy transf to Reinf Sect
Gauthier, Louis Pte B20105 Discharged
Geneault, R. Pte B55206 Transf from AlgR & No.12 Coy transf to No.10 Coy
Gilbert, Percy Edward Pte B20202
Greenwood, John Gladwell Sgt K99014 Transf from No.7 Coy transf to No.28 Coy - See No 8 CFD & CFC Casualties
Goddard, James Alan Pte B20041 Transf to No.12 Coy
Goddard, Russell William Pte B20036
Gordon, George Gwen Lt
Graham, Allan Ernest Cpl B20176
Graham, Raymond Edison ACpl B20078
Gravelle, Leo Pte B20125 Transf to No.12 Coy & No.6 Coy
Grieve, John Edwin ‘Jack’ Pte B20123 Transf to No.12 Coy & No 5 DD
Grieve, Robert Thomas Pte B20127
Guitard, Edgar M. Pte E39491 bushman - transf from No 5 DD & No.13 Coy & No.20 Coy & No.12 Coy transf to No.12 Coy & No.20 Coy & No.5 Coy - See No 8 CFD & Le Regiment de la Chaudière, R.C.I.C. - See CFC Casualties
Gutcher, Martin John ASgt B20090 Transf to RCAMC
Hamilton, Patrick Joseph Pte B20523 Transf from No.12 Coy
Hannah, Philip Pte B20203 Transf to No.12 Coy
Harris, Boyd Walter Pte B20059
Harrison, Horace Robert Pte B20104 Transf to No.12 Coy
Head, Donald Major Transf from No.10 Coy transf to Reinf Sect & No.6 Coy
Hodgen, Josiah Pte B20730 Transf from No.12 Coy
Hodgkinson, William George Pte B20064 Discharged
Holden, H.W. Pte B20627 Transf from No.12 Coy transf to No.26 Coy
Holmes, William Weldon Pte B20154 Transf to No.12 Coy
Hughes, Bernard A. Pte B20166
Hume, Percival Pte B20006 Transf to No 2 DD
Hutchinson, James Charles Pte B20033 Transf to No.21 Coy
Irvine, Allan Charles Pte B20054 Transf to No.12 Coy
Irwin, Alexander Pte B20204
Johnston, John Irwin ALCpl B20187 Transf to HQ No 1 CFG
James, Edward Pte B20591 Transf from No.12 Coy transf to No.26 Coy
Johnson, T.N. Pte G48202 Transf from No.12 Coy
Jolicoeur, Donat Pte B20223
Jolicoeur, Wilfred Pte B20030
Jones, Lloyd Gordon Pte B20051 Transf to No.12 Coy & No 5 DD
Kearns, Sidney Scobel Lt K98203 Transf from No 11 DD & No.6 Coy & OCTU & Reinf Sect & No.5 Coy & No.10 Coy transf to No 1 CSFS & No.10 Coy
Keown, Calvin Robert Pte B20205
King, Kenneth Pte B20077
King, William Joseph Charles Pte B20040
Kirkey, John Emery Pte B20092 Transf to No.26 Coy
Knight, Gordon Pte B20170 Discharged
Knight, Orville Melville Pte B20557 Transf from No.12 Coy
Lacoursiere, Joseph Pte B20079 Transf to No.12 Coy
Lafont, Ernest Pte B20057
Laliberte, Rene George Sgt B20016 Transf to No.9 Coy - See No 7 CFD
Lalonde, Joseph Albert McKenzie Pte B20088 Transf to No.12 Coy & No 5 DD
Landriault, Lucien Pte B20055
Lane, Ernest Donovan ASgt B20013 Transf to No.26 Coy
Lapierre, Louis Aime Pte B20709 Transf from No.12 Coy transf to HQ CFC
Laronde, Louise Rene Pte B20034
Laurin, Joseph Medard Roddy Pte B20022 Transf from No.12 Coy
Laurinitus, Frank Pte B20193
Lebouthilier, Augusta Pte B20135 Transf to No.26 Coy
Lecompte, Louis Wilfred Donat Pte E36159 saw filer 'C' - transf from No.3 Coy transf to No 1 NETD
Leduc, Fred ACpl B20012 Transf to No.26 Coy
Leduc, Lorne Pte B20089 Discharged
Lefreniere, Joseph Laronzeau Aurel Pte B20117 Discharged
Lefreniere, Maurice Eli Pte B20115
Legasse, Henry Pte B20206 Discharged
Lepine, Oswald Thomas Pte B20155 Discharged
Lessard, Edward Harvey Pte B20207
Leverre, Kenneth ALCpl B20162 Transf to No.12 Coy
Lippett, Joseph George Pte B20045
Liscumb, Edward Charles Pte B20231
Long, Elmer Dennis Smokey Pte B20196
Long, William Herbert Sgt B20195 Transf to No.16 Coy
Lowe, Stanley Cecil Pte B20014
Lynn, James William Sgt B20102 Transf to No.26 Coy
MacDonald, Ronald Joseph Pte F77287 Transf from No.13 Coy
MacDonnell, Willmot Sylvester AArmSgt B3856
Machin, George Herbert Pte B20208 Discharged
MacKay, John David Pte F91622 cook 'C' - transf from No.13 Coy
MacPherson, James Lockhart Pte B20019 Transf to No.12 Coy & No 5 DD & No.1 Coy - See No 7 CFD
MacRae, Keith A. Lt Transf from RCA transf to No.10 Coy
MacLeod, Capt
MacMillan, David John Pte B20056
Malloy, Stanley Clarence Pte B20181 Transf to No.26 Coy
Manary, Echlin Lyle Pte B20074
Mangan, William Charles CQMS B20001
Marguerat, Robert Henry Pte B20087 Transf to No.1 Coy - See No 7 CFD
Marlett, Romeo Pte B20224
Marsh, Donald MacCrimmon Cpl H56235 Transf from No.17 Coy transf to HQ No 4 Dist
Martin, Alfred Clarence Sgt B20157 Transf to No.16 Coy
May, Donald Henry Cpl B20109 Transf to No.5 Coy - See No 8 CFD
Mayer, Joseph Yvon Gaston Pte B20101
McCart, Frank Pte B20210 Transf to No.26 Coy - See CFC Casualties
McCart, Joseph Patrick Pte B20233
McCombe, John George Pte H19752 Transf from The Camerons of Canada transf to No.1 Coy
McDonald, Duncan Pte B20630 Transf from No.12 Coy
McDonald, E. Pte B20651 Transf from No.12 Coy
McEwan, Alexander H. Pte B20084
McEwen, Raymond Victor ‘Red’ Pte B20007
McFadden Wilbert Raymond Pte B20052
McFarland, George Thomas Pte B20158 Transf to No.12 Coy & No.6 Coy
McGlashan, Edward George Pte B20159 Transf to No.5 Coy - See No 8 CFD
McIsaac, John Hugh Pte B20153 Transf to No.26 Coy
McKee, Thomas Stanley ASgt B20173
McLaren, William ‘David’ Ivan Pte B20037
McLaren, Henry LCpl B20188
McLean, Alexander James Pte B20035 Transf to No.12 Coy
McLeod, Keith Pte B20075
McLeod, Victor George Pte B20086
McNair, Leonard Huston Pte B20156
McNaught, William Pte B20060 Transf to No 2 DD
McPherson, Henry Malcolm Pte B20029
McQuarrie, John Daniel Pte B20138 Transf to No.26 Coy
McRae, Murdoch Alexander Pte B20164
Mearow, M. Pte C70311 Transf from No 3 DD & No.16 Coy
Menzie, Robert Clayton Pte B20046 Transf to No.12 Coy
Michon, Joseph Louis LCpl B20119 Transf to No.12 Coy
Mihal, Nick LCpl B20189 Transf to No.12 Coy
Miller, Alexander Pte B20192
Milne, William Pte B20129 Transf to No.12 Coy
Milton, Clifford Neil Harris Pte B20149
Monk, James Stanley Pte B20008 Discharged
Moore, Bernard Gonce Pte B20650 Transf from No.12 Coy transf to No.6 Coy
Moore, Chester Earl Pte B20100 Transf to No.1 Coy - See No.7 CFD
Morin, Mack Cpl B20141 Transf to No.12 Coy
Morley, Peter Malcomson Major Transf to No.14 Coy & No.5 Coy & No.16 Coy
Morrison, Gerald Allan Pte B20209
Murphy, David P. Pte G48230 Transf from No.12 Coy transf to No.20 Coy & No 1 CSFS & Reinf Sect & No.1 Coy - See No 7 CFD transf to No 13 CBR
Murphy, R.E. Pte C70287 Transf to No.12 Coy
Nelson, Alexander Pte B20652 Transf from No.12 Coy
Nesbitt, Leon Austin Pte B20211 Transf to No.12 Coy
Nesseth, Lucien Pte B20122
Newhouse, John Alexander Pte B20150
Nikuma, Armas Nille Pte B20575 Transf from No.12 Coy
O’Brien, Charles Douglas LCpl H62643 forestry foreman ‘C’ - transf from No 10 MD & Reinf Sect transf to No.12 Coy & TSR - See CFC Casualties
Orton, Wellington Pte B54591 Transf from AlgR & No.12 Coy transf to QOR(ofC)
O'Shea, James Elmer Pte B20225 Transf to No.12 Coy
Oswald, T. Pte B55088 Transf from AlgR & No.12 Coy
Owens, Thomas William Pte B20097
Pacey, Henry Stanley Pte B20126 Discharged
Palmer, Cecil Erwin Pte B20043
Paradis, Armand Pte B20670 Transf from No.12 Coy
Paradis, M. Pte B2020653 Transf from No.12 Coy
Paul, John Walter Pte B20121 Transf to No 2 DD
Perron, Paul Cpl B20011 Transf to No.19 Coy & No 5 DD
Persian, Leonard Joseph Cpl B20108 Transf to No.5 Coy - See No 8 CFD
Phippen, Garfield Gordon Pte B20151 Transf to No.12 Coy
Pirie, Gordon John Pte B20018
Plourd, Solomon Pte B20551 Transf from No.12 Coy transf to No.26 Coy
Pond, Hazen Gilbert Capt Transf from No 12 DD & No.20 Coy transf to No.5 Coy & No.6 Coy
Powell, Edmund Joseph Pte B20152 Transf to No 2 DD
Prevost, Thomas Sgt B20134 Transf to No.19 Coy
Proulx, Earl Pte
Proulx, Lionel Pte B20027 Transf to No.26 Coy
Quigley, Ronald Horace Pte B20031
Rail, Joseph Pte B20580 Transf from No.12 Coy
Rainboth, Arthur Pte B20133 Transf to No.12 Coy & No 5 DD
Rainville, Vincent Charles Cpl B20096
Ransom, Charles William Pte B20053 Discharged
Ranta, Eino Emanuel Pte B20633 Transf from No.12 Coy transf to HQ CFC
Rausch, Richard Herman Pte B20212
Rhainds, Rene Pte B20226
Ritchie, C.D. Pte K41561 Transf to No.26 Coy
Rivet, Donat Pte B20142
Robinson, James Alexander Pte B20213 Transf to No.12 Coy
Robinson, Samuel Curry Pte B20171
Robitaille, Joseph Victor Pte B20194
Roy, Edward Ned Pte B20137 Discharged
Scott, Michael John Pte C34057 Transf from No 3 DD & No.12 Coy transf to No.1 Coy & No.28 Coy - See No 7 CFD
Seymour, Gerald William Pte G48040 Transf from No.15 Coy
Shaw, Hugh Allen Pte B20112 Discharged
Sheedy, Michael Jim James Pte B20044
Shewan, Laurence Pte C89523 Transf to No.15 Coy & No.29 Coy
Shillington, John Tozeland Major Transf to HQ No 4 Dist & HQ CFC
Shortt, A.L. Pte B54711 Transf from AlgR & No.12 Coy
Shortt, Alvin Pte B20085
Smith, Joseph William Pte B20214
Smith, Paul Frederick ALCpl B20227 Transf to RCASC att to Reinf Sect
Smith, Robert Cecil Sgt B20028 Transf to No.6 Coy
Smith, Robert Frederick Sgt B20185
Smyth, Chester LCpl E29153 Transf from No 5 DD & No.3 Coy transf to No 1 NETD
Soutar, Herbert Neil Pte B20085 Transf to No.6 Coy
Stables, Roy Frederick Pte B20143
Staples, Walter Henry Pte B20228 Discharged
Steele, Gordon George Pte B20128 Transf to No.5 Coy
Stilborn, Charles Fenwick Pte B20726 Transf from No.12 Coy
St. Louis, Philip ‘Phil’ ACpl B20042
Sutherland, Patrick John Pte B20009 Discharged
Sweetman, Alfred Henry Staff Sgt C63144 Transf from No.1 Coy transf to HQ CFC
Tebo, Edward Pte H62839 Transf from No.23 Coy
Telford, Francis John Sgt B20215 - See CFC Casualties
Thorneloe, Walter William Henry Pte B20032 Transf to No.12 Coy
Thrasher, Bernard Wallace Pte B20136 Transf to No 2 DD & No.1 Coy - See No 7 CFD
Thurlow, William Earl Pte B20101
Toland, Wilbur Franklin Pte B20104
Tourangeau, Rolland Pte B20139 Transf to No.1 Coy att to No.9 Coy from X4A list - See No 7 CFD
Tremblay, Felix Erman Pte B20010 Transf to No.12 Coy
Tremblay, Leander Pte B20232 Transf to No.12 Coy
Tremblay, Valmore Leo Joseph ASgt B20002
Trudel, Alphonse Joseph Pte B20082 Discharged
Ulimoen, Haaken Pte B20095 Transf to No.26 Coy
Vaillier, James Christopher Pte B20140
Venasse, Joseph Elard Pte B20163 Transf to No.26 Coy
Vickers, Frederick Sherman ASgt B20181
Villeneuve, Joseph Pte B20025 Discharged
Wates, Ernest Donovan Sgt B20021 Transf to No.1 Coy - See No 7 CFD
Williams, Harry Edwin Pte B20671
Wilson, James Pte B20047 Transf to No.12 Coy
Wright, Albert M. ‘Bert’ Pte B20039
Young, John Patrick ASgt B20110 Discharged
Yurkovitch, Joseph Pte B20177 Transf to No.26 Coy

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