Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | January 20, 2016

Artifact of the Week. Cornwall Army Basic Training Centre, No. 31 – flag pole crown.

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The crown of the flag pole at the Cornwall Basic Army Training Centre, 1944 to 1944.  This artifact was rescued by Capt. W.L. Beattie, 2nd in command of 1st Platoon, “A” Company, June, 1944.  It was donated to the museum by his son Bill Beattie.

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A World War II postcard showing the flag pole and drill hall, in the rear, at the Cornwall Basic Army Training Centre.

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An aerial view of the Cornwall Army Basic Training Centre, behind the Cornwall Armoury.

The 35 acre training camp, located between Marlborough and McConnell on the Dingwall estate, opened on Oct. 9, 1940.  When it closed in 1944, Lt-Col. R. Larose had put approximately 15,000 men through the 30 to 40 day basic training course.

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Camp Commandant, Lt-Col. R. Larose, Cornwall.

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Lt-Col. Larose saluting a platoon of trainees on parade.scan0076

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This is just a portion of the photographs and items the Cornwall Community Museum has regarding the Basic Training Camp available for viewing during museum hours.

 

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