|The Interim (Post WWII) Provost Force - 1946|
Shown above in 1946, at the C Pro C Training center (A-32) in camp Borden, Ontario, are 69 members of
the 117 man Interim Provost Force selected out of the 450 applicants from the various units of the
Canadian Provost Corps during WWII. The majority of the members selected were required to take a
reduction in rank, down several levels from their wartime status, in order to facilitate the approved post war
establishment for the Canadian Provost Corps. The nucleus of this group formed No. 6 Provost Company who
were subsequently dispersed across Canada to form Provost Sections.
Over sixty years later, former member of the Canadian Provost Corps and a member of this select group of individuals, retired Major Arthur B. (Robbie) Robertson, provided the photo along with the names of most of his former colleagues, a reflection of his exceptional powers of recall. Robbie added:
front row - Bob Hodges, John De Cou, Ed Rae, Unknown, Rod McPhail, Sgt-Maj AE (Tony) McAskill, Sgt-Maj Howie Rollins, RSM Art Bird, Major Andrew (Andy) Ritchie, Capt QE (Joe) Lawson, Sgt-Maj George Shepherd, Al Woods, Art Heymans, Unknown And Unknown.
2nd row - Ron Currie, Art Walker, Don Watts, Herb Reynett, Terry Foster, John Campbell, Ed Cunningham, Gerry Delaney, Roy Johnson, Bob Marshall, Ken Mason, Unknown, Gord Evans, Unknown and Unknown
3rd row - Unknown, Jim McConnery, H. (Red) Forrister, Laurie Paulus, Lars Larson, Bill Van Horne, Bill Deer, Hank Cadorette, Harry Woodley, McDonnell, Unknown, Vic Auburn and Unknown
4th row - Unknown, Sinott, Risser, Unknown, Murphy, Bill Patterson, Merle Shantz, Unknown, Art McKenzie, Mel Decker, Unknown, Unknown, Jim Hie, Unknown, and Robbie Robertson
5th row - Unknown, McCallum, Frank Brennan, H.H. Brown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, and Unknown.
There were some members of the Interim Force who; for one reason or another, were not in the photo. Former member of this Force, retired CWO Charlie Douglas advises that along with himself, the following were not included: Larry Adams, Bill Dzaman and R. Dzaman; among others who he can not recall at this point in time.
Charlie also advises that some of the members of the Interim Force later transferred out of the C Pro C and went on to have very successful careers in other Corps; namely:
The photo on the left, taken on the 11th November 1946, depicts members of the Vancouver Provost section, No. 6 Provost Company as they are preparing to participate in the local Remembrance Day ceremonies.
From left to right are: Sgt Gord Evans, Privates Bill Van Horne (Major CAPC, retired) and Lars, Larson, LCpl Ed Cunningham (retired CWO), Corporal Bob Marshall (retired Ssgt) and Privates Harry Woodley and Pte Robbie Robertson (retired Major).
Click here to email the Web Master if you recognize anyone in the top photo. (The photo and related caption were provided by former member of the Canadian Provost Corps, Arthur (Robbie) Robertson, shown on the extreme right in the photo on the left.)
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