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 - updated 24 Feb, 2012

We need your help to identify the following photos. We have posted as much information as we believe accurate. If you have information to add please quote the numbered photo.

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unknown1

A tri-service band, could be the 1967 cadet band that and part of the tattoo show that traveled around BC for two weeks after training during the regular training camp at VACC. Appears to be an armoury in Vancouver of Victoria. Partly identified - Seaforth Armoury Parking Lot - thank you Janice Yeung. Any more details? date? Partly identified Just a note about mystery photos numbers 1-15 (excluding 13 &14). While most are obviously 1967 Centennial year photos, I am quite certain that the others indicated are as well. 
First point, the jeep demo was part of the 1967 final parade in Polson Park and I'm guessing went on tour with the tattoo. Oddly though, no cadets from D&M's Kilo Coy were involved in that demo ('was Cadet CSM of "Composite Coy" which included Kilo, Julliet which was signals and L(?) which was PT). Second point is that to my knowledge the sea and air cadets hadn't been to Vernon before 1967. Third point is that when I saw a formation of all army cadets for the Tattoo, they were wearing TWs with red(scarlet) berets to give them uniform head dress like the air and sea cadets. In those days only cadets of the "Westies" and the "Rocky Mt. Rangers" wore red berets.(Provost only wore forge hats).
Don't know much about the 1967 tattoo as D&M was busy driving trucks up in the hills and back country. Best part (aside from hands on with militay vehicle convoys etc) was that we could wear black coveralls much of the time and forego much of the tedium of uniform inspections! Thanks to Barry / "Will" Shandro Vernon '66, '67 & '75

Partly identified - Seaforth Armouries 1970's HMCS Discovery 15th field band and Seaforth Highlanders/band Mass bands rehearsals. Thanks to Bill Edwards. Partly identified - I grew up in James Bay, Victoria B.C. and I can place this photo at the old C.P.R. work shops in Victoria Harbour and the Bapco signis where the paint plant stood which now is the Laurel Point hotel complex. Thanks to Ron Peterson

Solved - was searching for something on the net and came across your unknown photos. I couldn't believe your unknown 1 photo as I am in it. It was at Seaforth Armories in Vancouver. We had just won the band competition in the Sea Cadet Division. The Canadian Seaforth Highlander Band had won for the Army Division. I don't recall which Air Cadet Division that won. Our Corp was the RCSCC Rainbow from Victoria. As all three bands had won, we were joined together as a Tri Service Cadet Band and were asked to go and perform at an Armed Forces Spectacular in the Seattle Coliseum on May 19 - 20, 1967. As we were from different towns, we quickly put together a routine. That is when that photo was taken. We later put the final touches on our programme after we arrived in Seattle. I know for a fact that this was not Tri Service Cadet Band that was formed for the Centennial Tattoo as I was also in that band. It was 100 men (boys) strong and I was the lead drummer. The Army portion of that band was the Vernon Army Camp Band. It was not a Pipe Band as in your Unknown 1 photo. We spent 5 weeks in Vernon then toured the province for the last 2 weeks of the summer. The towns that we went to are Vernon, Revelstoke, Kamloops, Courtenay, Campbell River, Port Alberni, Nanaimo, Duncan, Coquitlam, Vancouver, Cloverdale and Mission City. It was hard being in Vernon as there were only 70 Sea cadets and 70 Air Cadets and of course 1500 Army Cadets. I don't know how they recruited the Army Band but the Air and Sea Cadets applied through their Corps. The photo unknown 3 is a mystery to me as this is definitely a Tri Service Cadet Band, but not the one from Vernon as I previously mentioned the Army part was not a pipe band. Also I don't recall being issued 'Whites' that summer. In our TCB the Sea Cadets were always on the right side of the band. there is a photo of our band in the Summer issue of the Beautiful British Columbia Magazine. The photo was taken at the Kelowna Regatta Parade in August 1967. The photos of the Tri Service Cadet Tattoo might be from another province as I think other provinces did the same programme. Thanks to Al Ruff

 

unknown2

 

unknown3 Mostly solved - is the Tri Service Cadet Band that travelled the Province for the last 2 weeks of the summer of 1967. We trained at the Army Cadet Base in Vernon, B.C. for 5 weeks then went on tour. We performed in Vernon, Kamloops, Courtenay, Campbell River, Port Alberni, Nanaimo, Duncan, Coquitlam, Vancouver, Cloverdale, and Mission. I was the lead drummer for the 100 person cadet band.  Thanks to Al Ruff

 

unknown4

 

unknown5 - Partially solved - this was the quick assemble/disassemble jeep used in the 1967 CAF Tattoo. The jeep was a prop in a comedy skit where some robbers would drive up and park in front of a bank and while inside robbing it, people on the street would disassemble it and run away leaving parts spread out on the ground. When the robbers emerged from the bank and saw the jeep in pieces they would quickly assemble it and drive off with the keystone cops hot on their heels. The time to assemble or disassemble was about 1 minute. The guys in the pictures are practicing putting it together. They are probably RegF.  A couple of years later, the skit was performed by cadets of 2573 as part of a Cadet Tattoo. I helped train them along with Cpl Brian Pennie and Sgt Gordy Davis from 6 Field. The jeep had the radiator removed so we couldn’t run it for more than a minute or two. The gas tank held about ˝ gallon of gas and sat on top of the engine (gravity fed) like a small engine. The tent in the background looks like a temporary “Bank” prop. The bank used in the show was made of plywood, and if I remember correctly, it was painted to look like brick. RCEME did a fantastic job modifying the jeep. It was hilarious. Thanks to Bob Irvine

 

unknown6

Unknown 2-6 - Series of photos, obviously 1967 centennial celebrations, could be part of traveling cadet Tattoo show post camp after regular training at VACC

 

unknown7 - may be part of above 1967 series. Partly identified - Seaforth Armoury Parking Lot - thank you Janice Yeung. Any more details? date? (L-R) possible PC Police member, possibly Lt Gov George Pearkes VC PC CC CB DSO MC CD, unknown LCol RCA. Unknown reviewing officer, possible MP or other politician. Partly identified - The RO looks quite like Hon Robert W. Bonner, QC, Attorney General of BC under Premier W.A.C. Bennett.  He served with the SHofC during WW2 in 1943, Thanks to Dick Grubb. Partly identified -The Man at the Microphone on the reviewing stand is the Hon. Robert Bonner of the BC Social credit Government at the time. General Pearkes is not in this photo. I had the honor to meet him in the late 1960’s and he looked nothing like any of these men. Thanks to Arvid Hardin.  Partly identified - This is not a photograph of my grandfather, George R. Pearkes. Although there is a slight resemblance, in 1967, my grandfather was L-G of the province and would not have been in uniform having retired in 1945. Thanks to Timothy W. Pearkes Partly solved -  Just to add to the list of dignitaries in this photo, the reviewing officer is Robert Bonner. At the time of this photo he was the Attorney General to the Province of British Columbia. There is probably some significance to his presence at the Seaforth Armoury as he served with the Seaforth Highlanders in Italy during the Second World War. Thanks to Brian Watt

 

Unknown8 - Capt Em Short on right, unidentified PPCLI Capt, appears to be tri service band from unknown.  Partly identified - Seaforth Armoury Parking Lot - thank you Janice Yeung. Any more details? date?

 

Unknown9 - unidentified individuals, appears to be tri service band from unknown1 Partly identified - Seaforth Armoury Parking Lot - thank you Janice Yeung. Any more details? date? COL D N D Deane Freeman presenting award while he was Area Commander - late '60s thank you Dave Letson

 

Unknown10 - unidentified individuals, appears to be tri service band from unknown1. Partly identified - Seaforth Armoury Parking Lot - thank you Janice Yeung. Any more details? date?

 

Unknown11 - unidentified individuals, appears to be tri service band from unknown1. Partly identified - Seaforth Armoury Parking Lot - thank you Janice Yeung. Any more details? date?

 

Okay... Mystery photos #1 & 7-11 are now confirmed with the following -

Thank you to John Ferguson MacDonald who happened to be the pipe major of the Seaforth Highlander band. Will no cross reference this to the 72 Cadet Corps page.

 

unknown12 - HRH Prince Philip with Queens Own Rifles cadets, more than likely Victoria pre 1970, unidentified CS of C Capt on right. Identified & Solved -  1970 visit by HRH Prince Phillip to 2483 QOR RC(Army)CC, the CSofC Capt is Bob Watt, CO of 2483 QOR RC(Army)CC.

 

unknown13 - A very interesting photo, from Vancouver appears to be 1960, dated 8 March 1967 on reverse along with Renfrew School 3315 East 22nd Ave Vancouver 12, BC

 

unknown14 - A Rocky Mountain Ranger cadet and a Seaforth cadet lowering the flag, appears to be the modern Canadian flag, therefore post 1965, possibly Vernon Army Cadet Camp. 

 

unknown15 - unidentified, possibly cadet from Vancouver 15th Fd Cadet Corps

 

unknown16 - unidentified range, Lee Enfields, could be 1960s or early 70s.  Partially solved Blair Range in North Vancouver, thanks Ted Usher.  Partially solved I’m not convinced its Blair Range. From what I remember as a cadet shooting there in the mid 1960s, there weren’t tree stumps on the range. Blair range was built like the standard pattern DND ranges with a clear field, mechanical butts and a good gravel road for servicing the butts. If it was Blair, from the angle this pic would have been taken from (facing toward NE), the background would be that of Mount Seymour, pretty much blocking out any sky. The forest around Blair was also different with taller evergreens and a few deciduous (alder) trees towards the entrance off Mount Seymour Parkway. Of course now its overgrown. There wasn’t a fence visible from the range, it was deeper in the sticks. I’ll see if we have a picture of Blair Range in the museum archives. The terrain and forest looks more like that found around the Chilliwack area, if it’s in BC at all. Thanks to Bob Irvine. - Now the debate begins - webmaster

 

unknown17 A somber series of photos, appears late 1940s to mid 1950s. A funeral that may of a cadet, or cadet an his family or a an officer. Partly identified - Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, BC thank you Janice Yeung. Solved - see below

 

unknown18 A somber series of photos, appears late 1940s to mid 1950s. A funeral that may of a cadet, or cadet an his family or a an officer. Partly identified - Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, BC

 

unknown19 A somber series of photos, appears late 1940s to mid 1950s. A funeral that may of a cadet, or cadet an his family or a an officer. Partly identified - Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, BC

 

unknown20 - A somber series of photos, appears late 1940s to mid 1950s. A funeral that may of a cadet, or cadet an his family or a an officer. Difficult to say what kind of flag it is. Partly identified - Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, BC

Note - addendum

The funeral mystery is getting a little closer to being solved... Partially solved - As predicted the hut had gone but it was replaced by a fenced in area. Besides they recognized the style of stone, etc. The office came up with the probable location and the name James Henry Cooke (Jimmie) 1932-1950. The burial date was May 1 1950 and he was 16 years old. That is the only teenager in the area - all the rest are over 60. The plot (Abray section, block 15, plot 84-2) is right next to the military section which seems appropriate. Some of the housing can still be recognized in the photos. The names of his parents are on either end of the stone. Thanks to Valerie Hooper

The mystery is solved. 

Obit from the Vancouver Province, June 3, 1950 (no page number)

COOKE – Passed away in Vancouver, B.C., May 31st, 1950, James Henry Cooke, in his 17th year. Late residence 332 E. 39th Ae., late member of No. 2331 R.C.A.C.C. (Royal Canadian Artillery (Bessborough Battery) Cadet Corps. Survived by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cooke; one brother, Robert Allan at home; also his grandparents. Funeral service on Saturday, June 3rd. 1950, at 10:00 am, from the chapel of Chimes, Harron Bros. Ltd., 10th Ave. at Ontario St., H. Cpt. J. W. D.Duncan, M. B.E., officiating. Interment, lawn section, Mountain View Cemetery.
Notice
All Bessborough Cadets will meet at Bessborough Armories at 9:00 am, in uniform.


From the death registration – 1950-09-005650
Died in Vancouver at the Vancouver General Hospital
Had lived in BC all his life.
Cooke, James Henry – lived at 332 E. 39th Ave., (Vancouver)
Canadian citizen – English (racial) – single – born in Vancouver
Born April 13, 1934 – died aged 16 years, 1 month and 18 days
Trade – helper, dry cleaner – at Spotless Dry Cleaners
last day worked was May 11, 1950 – had worked for 3 months
Father – Harry Cooke born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Mother- Gertrude Alvine Mahy born in Edmonton, Allta.
Informant was the father
Burial on June 3, 1950 at Mountain View – undertaker Harron Bros., 55 E. 10th Ave, Vancouer
Medical certificate:
DATE OF DEATH: May 31, 1950
Accident – while riding his bicycle north on Mary St he ran into truck, 1950 BC license No. C53-377 at 13th Ave.
Signed by Dr. Jno Whitewood(?), coroner
Thanks to Valerie Hooper

 

 

Compare current photos to period photo above #17

 

unknown 21 - Vernon, possibly late 1980s early 90s? Looks to be a Admin section from Camp HQ. Anyone recognize anyone? Partly identified at far right Capt Richard 'Dick' Bunnett (deceased approx 10 years ago) Thank you to Ted Usher. The uniformed officer on the right facing the camera is Captain William Earl Bunnet..(deceased)....his brother was Richard (Dick) Bunnet who was never an officer...but a Civilian Instructor for a brief time... Thanks to Major Thomas Buchenauer. Note - there seems to be debate as to whether it is Richard or William, this is good and exactly what we're looking. I suspect someone else out there might know for sure. F.A. Partly identified - I was wrong. That is Bill Bunnet. I knew both of them. Thank you to Ted Usher.

 

Unknown 22 - Transport Coy Vernon, not sure what year

 

Unknown 23 - Another Transport Coy photo from Vernon, again not sure what year, not too many clues, lots of faces though...anyone? Partially solved back row MCpl Jennifer Wolfe (7) thanks to Bill Nangle.

 

Unknown 24 - I know this is the first semi-permanent zip-line built at Vernon Army Cadet Camp in the 1980s(?), it was a huge leap. Any other details?

 

Unknown 25 & 26 - A very interesting pair of photos found in the League office in Ottawa, ostensibly from Vernon 1947 or 1948, though these is difficult to verify as this is no evidence any camp was held at Vernon in either of those years. However, a couple of former cadets have stated they were there those summers. Clues: WWII pattern 4-pocket tunic and wedge head dress   (courtesy National Office, Army Cadet League) Possibly solved, might be Chilliwack 1940s, thank you to Dave Letson

 

Unknown 26. Note officer on right wearing Edmonton Fusiliers hat badge  (courtesy National Office, Army Cadet League) Possibly solved, might be Chilliwack 1940s, thank you to Dave Letson

 

 

Unknown 27-39. Interesting series of skiing shots, only clues are the text below accompanying the pictures and the sweaters beaing worn by some of the cadets with symbol that may be part of a school hat badge.  (courtesy National Office, Army Cadet League)

 

Unknown 28.  (courtesy National Office, Army Cadet League)

 

Unknown 29.  (courtesy National Office, Army Cadet League)

 

Unknown 30.  (courtesy National Office, Army Cadet League)

 

Unknown 31.  (courtesy National Office, Army Cadet League)

 

Unknown 32.  (courtesy National Office, Army Cadet League)

 

Unknown 33.  (courtesy National Office, Army Cadet League)

 

Unknown 34.  (courtesy National Office, Army Cadet League)

 

Unknown 35.  (courtesy National Office, Army Cadet League)

 

Unknown 36.  (courtesy National Office, Army Cadet League)

 

Unknown 37.  Appears to be instructors or staff standing in front of cadets (courtesy National Office, Army Cadet League)

 

Unknown 38.  (courtesy National Office, Army Cadet League)

 

Unknown 39.  (courtesy National Office, Army Cadet League)

 

Unknown 40. A summer camp somewhere, very few clues, a few air and sea cadets in the group. (courtesy National Office, Army Cadet League) Solved - I am in the subject photo, I am fourth from the left in the lineup. It is Whitehorse Cadet Camp in 1982 behind the Yukon Indian Centre where we were quartered that summer. Thanks to Maj Greg Bates

 

Unknown 41.  Appears to be Grey & Simcoe cadets, perhaps in an armoury or drill hall, note large classic high windows in back. With the King's Crown cross rifle and crown probably early to mid 1950s. (courtesy National Office, Army Cadet League)