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Canadian Forestry Corps
Canadian Forestry Corps

Monochrome photograph members of No 5 District Canadian Forestry Corps based in Invernesshire in World War 2. The photograph was taken outside Balblair House, near Beauly, Lord Lovat's home. This group went to the Ardennes from Invernesshire. Jimmie Bell of Dornoch (a leading member of the Heritage Society) was attached to the Canadian Forestry Corps in 1942-43 but was then posted with the Perth Regiment to Italy. In the centre of the front row is Col Ferguson, on his right is Major Kennedy and two to Col Ferguson's left is Capt Peak - all three officers attended the wedding of Jimmie and Jessie Bell.
Picture added on 24 April 2008
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Canadian Forestry Corps
We are doing research on the Canadian Forestry Corps for a book we are writing on the history of the Corps in Scotland. We believe that we know some of the men in this photo. Do you have a detailed list of the men's names?
Added by Melynda Jarratt on 10 January 2009
No we do not have any further names with this photograph and would be delighted if you could provide any more information.
Added by Sue Higgins, Historylinks Museum on 15 January 2009
The Canadian Forestry Corps were at one stage working near Embo and on several occasions my parents invited two of its members for Sunday lunch. They knew of these men from their stay in Canada in the late 1920s and early 1930s. In the war years most foods were strictly rationed and luxuries were few and it appears that the children of the house watched with envy and dismay as the few luxuries that were available were served up to these guests. During the meal one of the men called my brother Hamish to come and tell him what he wanted to be when he grew up. There was then a deathly silence and acute embarrassment when after he scanned the mouth watering food on the table he firmly replied, “A Visitor”!
Added by Kenneth Mackay on 07 January 2011
I believe the man in the back row, left hand side, is my fraternal grandfather, Frederick Brewin Robb. He was a member of the Canadian Forestry Corps from 1940 through 1944 and served in Great Britain.

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Added by Elaine Kroetsch on 15 November 2011
Fort Frances Ont. CANADA is the home of #17 forestry corps. that served in and around the Dornoch-Invershin-Shin Falls and local area. Our museum here is celebrating 100 years of service in the military for our locals. It appears that during WW2, if there were any sailors, soldiers or airmen stationed or on leave who wanted to spend some time with their brother or friend, would make their way to #17 forestry camp site. My Dad's brother did so before he went off to North Africa, not to return. I believe the #17 were on site in 1939 and ANY photo of mass camp sites, equipment, tools, the shin falls lumber mill or photos of things you think might bring back a memory from the past would be appreciated. Thank you for your consideration. The email address attached is to our museum. Our curator is Sherry George and my name is Ed.
Added by Edward Haglund on 24 June 2014
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