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Canadian Forestry Corps

Canadian Forestry Corps

Date Added: 24 April 2008 Year Range: 1940 - 1944 Institution Name: dnhhl Cat No: | 2006_376_04_01 | Picture No: 2997

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.

Dimensions: Length 288mm - Width 200mm

Groups: Canadian Forestry Corps


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”! Comment left on 07 January 2011 at 20:28 by Kenneth Mackay
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. Comment left on 15 November 2011 at 02:23 by Elaine Kroetsch
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. Comment left on 24 June 2014 at 04:14 by Edward Haglund
This summer I was pleased to conduct the son and granddaughters of Col Ferguson around many of the sites in the Beauly area that had connections to the CFC presence in WW2. A highlight was to visit the site where this photo was taken. The Skibo A site in Migdale woods is probably the least disturbed in the North of Scotland and was well worth the walk. Comment left on 09 December 2023 at 10:00 by Alasdair Cameron
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