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HMCS ST-HYACINTHE

 

HMCS St Hyacinthe

Source: Library and Archives of Canada PA-177692

 

The Signal School at St. Hyacinthe, Quebec was instrumental in training thousands of wireless operators during World War II.  It had moved from Halifax to St. Hyacinthe in the summer of 1941. Modern buildings, spread over a 25 acre site, housed almost 3200 officers, ratings and Wrens who were involved in all phases of communication training. In the years prior to WW II, training telegraphists took about a year. After the war started, that period was reduced to approximately 3 months with intensive training. If a student failed his exam after 6 weeks, he would be assigned to either the stoker or seaman trade. After the summer of 1941, with the need for more coders growing rapidly, they were trained as Coders.  By 1944 St. Hyacinthe was able to turn out highly proficient communicators and by the war's end, St. Hyacinthe was training visual signalmen, wireless telegraphists, coders, radar operators and radio artificers.

 

Unit badge for HMCS St. Hyacinthe

From the collection of William B. Clark

Courtesy of Suzanne Clark

HMCS St. Hyacinthe jacket patch

From the collection of Charles (Archie) Esseltine

Courtesy of Bob Esseltine

Early Morning Route March - 1943

From the collection of Thomas Carson

Courtesy of June Copley

 

 

Coders Course, B.C. Class, HMCS St Hyacinthe, QC, Jun-Aug 1943

From the collection of Patrick Casey

Courtesy of Patricia Pollock

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(9) Casey, Patrick  (11) Wood, Howard E., L/Coder

 

Names listed on back of photo (not in numbered order):  Pop Bellmore,  R. Robillard, Bob Bearman, Oscar Houde, Hugh McEwan, Reginald H. Potter, ?? Moran, Bill Allen (Tackline), F.J. Smith, A. Musson, Butts Butler, Norman Jolly, Dick Franki (?sp), Bill Caldwell (Doc), A.L. Kinney, Hugh Wills, R.D. Illingworth, E. Livingston, R.B. Haliuski (?sp), H.K. partidge, D.M. Ward, A. Morash, Howard E. Wood L/Coder

 

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Telegraphist Course, St. Hyacinthe, QC, 01 Sep 1943

From the collection of James Thorpe Friend

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

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(1) G.P. King, Winnipeg, MB  (2) G.A. Parsons, Montreal, QC  (3) W.McCartney, Edmonton, AB  (4) L. Sackhouse, Longueuil, QC  (5) P.H. Ewing, Winnipeg, MB

 

(6) M. Malone, Edmonton, AB  (7) E.F. Collins, Saskatoon, SK  (8) R.G. Donmoyer, Woodstock, ON  (9) Jack Wight, Rodney, ON  (10) PO Tel William ?????  (11) ?? Marquort  (12) St. Posmituk, Port Arthur, ON  (13) J.D. Davies, Windsor, ON  (14) Jim Friend, New Westminister, BC  (15) G. Berubé, Montreal, QC

 

(16) ??, Lethbridge, AB  (17) L.F. Gillis, Winnipeg, MB  (18) W.F. Wright, Toronto, ON  (19) W.F. Slight, Vancouvr, BC  (20) J. Whytoch, Fort William, ON  (21) Alvin Dunlop, Chatham, ON  (22) H.R. Spence, Vancouver, BC  (23) R.J. Fellows, Calgary, AB  (24) R. Labelle, Ottawa, ON

 

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Telegraphist training course "XM", St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, 03 Jun 1943

From the collection of Frank Tucker & Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Joe Phelan & Robert Chasse

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(3) Chasse, Marcel

 


 

 

Telegraphists Course, HMCS St-Hyacinthe 22 Oct 1943

From the collection of W.T. Joyce

Courtesy of Mike Joyce

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(1), Joyce, William T., Tel  (12) MacNamara, PO Tel

 

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Telegraphist course, U.H. Class, HMCS St Hyacinthe, Aug 1944

From the collection of Les Armstrong

Courtesy of Bob and Shanon Armstrong

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(1) Armishaw, G.W., Dunnville, ON  (2) Riggs, W.R., Toronto, ON  (3) Reese, R.H, Harrow, ON  (4) Hutchins, N.J., PO, Victoria, BC  (5) Lummiss, Gord (Lyn), Bellville, ON  (6) Riemer, Helmut, Carbon, AB  (7) Johnson, Gordon, Fort William, ON

 

(8) Mylenchuk, W., Fort Francis, ON  (9) Munn, H., Ottawa, ON  (10) Dixon, C.F., Springhill, NS  (11) Casselte, Lorne, Shaunavon, SK  (12) Dotzert, Don, Waterloo, ON  (13) O'Hearn, J., Toronto, ON

 

(14)  MacKinnon, J.A. (??)  (15) Wright, Howard, Sherbrooke, QC  (16) French, E.R. (C.R.??), Chatham, ON  (17) Armstrong, L., Swift Current, SK

 

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Signalman course, Chatham class, at HMCS St-Hyacinthe, Quebec

From the collection of Charles Archie Esseltine

Courtesy of Bob Esseltine

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(12) Esseltine, Charles Archie

 


 

 

Signalman course at HMCS St-Hyacinthe, Quebec

From the collection of Herb Lyon

Courtesy of Gary Lyon

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(7) Lyon, Herb

 


 

 

Radar Plotter course, HMCS St-Hyacinthe, Feb 1945

 

Front: G. Carroll

 

Second row, left to right: K. Cavanagh; R. Voss; B. Mayhew

 

Back row, left to right: J. Boyle; D. Webb; L. Restall; G. McLeod; J. Black

 

From the collection of Larry Restall

Courtesy of Clay Restall

 

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