HMCS ST-HYACINTHE

 

RCN Communications Training Base

 


 

HMCS ST HYACINTHE

Source: Library and Archives of Canada PA-177692

 

Commissioned on 01 Oct 1941, 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. The school was located in the former Militia Training Centre in an area bounded by the CNR tracks, Sicotte and Larocque Streets. 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

HMCS ST HYACINTHE Christmas Menu - Dec 1943

 

From the collection of Dalton Kaye, Tel, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of Steve Kaye

 


 

Telegraphist course

HMCS ST HYACINTHE - 02 Aug - 30 Oct 1942

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From the collection of James M. MacLellan, Tel, RCNVR

Courtesy of Jamie MacLellan

 

(16) MacLellan, James M., Tel

 


 

"XU" Class

RCN Signal School, HMCS ST HYACINTHE, Quebec

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From the collection of John Bruce Young, AB, RCNVR

Courtesy of Greg Young

 


 

"XW" Class

RCN Signal School, HMCS ST HYACINTHE, Quebec

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From the collection of John Bruce Young, AB, RCNVR and Jack Nash, RCNVR

Courtesy of Greg Young

 

(1) Burchell, F.  (2) Lovell, D.  (3) Carley, J.  (4) Gibson, D.

 

(5) Lowe, F.  (6) Tesky, B.  (7) Bowyer, W.  (8) Marshall, B.  (9) Muir, J.  (10) Guest, PO, Instructor  (11) Bride, R.  (12) Guertin, A.  (13) Shanover, D.  (14) Sutherland, R.  (15) Hicks, S.

 

(16) Smith, J.  (17) Dawson, R.  (18) Bennett, D.  (19) Degrandpré, J.  (20) Pravda, R.  (21) Gommes, R.  (22) Strendin, W.  (23) Slade, J.  (24) Young, J.B.  (25) Nash, J.H.

 

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Coder "BC" Course

HMCS ST HYACINTHE - Jun-Aug 1943

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From the collection of Patrick Casey

Courtesy of Patricia Pollock

 

(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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Coder "BB" Course

HMCS ST HYACINTHE - 22 Jul 1943

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From the collection of Coder Gilbert Smith, RCNVR

Courtesy of Sharon Wing

 

(14) Smith, Gilbert John

 

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Wireless Telegraphist 2 Q's Course

HMCS ST HYACINTHE, Quebec

01 Jul - 10 Sep 1943

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From the collection of John E. (Jack) Jenner

Courtesy of Judy Jenner

 

(1) Britton, F.K.  (2) Tate, H.H.  (3) Ross, P.  (4) ONeil, P.J.  (5) Greaves, J.H.  (6) Bon Bernard, H.  (7) Ivy, N.E.

 

(8) Campbell, D.P.  (9) Baker, J.F.  (10) Simpson, B.  (11) Gatenby, CPO  (12) Miles, R.L., Lt  (13) Hymas, CPO  (14) Tomlinson, N.  (15) Crossi, J.A.  (16) Cook, W.O.

 

(17) Miller, F.R.  (18) Steward, R.  (19) Jenner, J.E.  (20) Pattullo, J.A.  (21) Abercrombie, H.  (22) Shepherd, A.K.  (23) Baillie, J.  (24) Baker, W.W.  (25) Barrett, E.J.  (26) Tuner, D.R.  (27) Taylor, S.

 


 

Telegraphist Course

HMCS ST HYACINTYE - 01 Sep 1943

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From the collection of James Thorpe Friend

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

 

(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 "XM" Course

HMCS ST HYACINTHE - 03 Jun 1943

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From the collection of Frank Tucker & Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Joe Phelan & Robert Chasse

 

(3) Chasse, Marcel

 

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Telegraphist Course

HMCS St-Hyacinthe 22 Oct 1943

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From the collection of W.T. Joyce

Courtesy of Mike Joyce

 

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

 

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Wren Telegraphist Course

 HMCS ST HYACINTHE

Jan 1944

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(10) Mackay, Ada Hazen, Wren Telegraphist

 


 

Telegraphist "UH" course

HMCS ST HYACINTHE - Aug 1944

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From the collection of Les Armstrong

Courtesy of Bob and Shanon Armstrong

 

(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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Wireless Class

HMCS ST HYACINTHE - 1944

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From the collection of William (Bill) Green, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of Robert (Bob) Greene

 


 

Signalman course - Chatham class

HMCS ST HYACINTHE - date unknown

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From the collection of Charles Archie Esseltine

Courtesy of Bob Esseltine

 

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(12) Esseltine, Charles Archie

 


 

Signalman course

HMCS ST HYACINTHE - date unknown

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From the collection of Herb Lyon

Courtesy of Gary Lyon

 

(7) Lyon, Herb

 


 

Telegraphist course

HMCS ST HYACINTHE - date unknown

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From the collection of Arthur Penelton

Courtesy of Gary Penelton

 


 

Telegraphist course

HMCS ST HYACINTHE - date unknown

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From the collection of Arthur Penelton

Courtesy of Gary Penelton

 


 

Radar III Course

HMCS ST HYACINTE

20 Sep 1944 - 16 Oct 1944

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From the collection of AB Radar III Robert Stone, RCNVR

Courtesy of Julia Payne

 

(1) Tessier, L.  (2) Winter, E.  (3) McRae, Ken  (4) Wolfe, J.  (5) Arnold, SLt  (6) Norman, Pat  (7) McPhee, C.  (8) Payne, A.G.  (9) Smith, V.H.

(10) Stone, Robert  (11) Cuish, H.Mc.  (12) McNee, George  (13) Pelland, P.E.  (14) Zentner, J.  (15) Wilson, J.D.

(17) O'Malley, Gil  (18) Kinch, J.E.  (19) Norman, H.G.  (20) Ring, Don  (21) McDonald, H.G.  (22) Sheppard, R.H.

 

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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

 


 

Telegraphist 'XK' Course

HMCS ST HYACINTHE - 19 May 1945

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(3) Jackson, Donald C., Tel

 

From the collection of Donald C. Jackson, Tel, RCNVR

Courtesy of Donna (Jackson) Oviatt

 


 

Signalman Course

HMCS ST HYACINTHE - Jul 1945

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From the collection of CYS Jim Wilson, RCNVR

Courtesy of David Wilson

 

(3) Wilson, Jim, CYS

 


 

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