The Pacific Coast Militia Rangers

Cover page of the Pacific Coast Militia Rangers magazine.  The PCMR were a home guard organized to defend the North Island against invaders, after the Estevan lighthouse on the west coast of the island was shelled by the Japanese.

Men who had a knowledge of local topography and terrain like loggers, trappers, prospectors and ranchers were sought after to become members of this patrol.  Camp 8 had a 30 man unit and the members were issued hats, badges, dog tags and rifles.  They had weekly training under their unit commander and once a month a Sergeant Major from the regular army inspected the unit.

Leaving To Serve In The War

This photo has been identified as men being sent to train for the Signal Corps during World War II.  If you have any information about this photo, we would be interested in hearing from you.  On Remembrance Day, November 11, Campbell River honours those who were killed in action during both wars by placing wreaths on the cenotaph that bears their names, now located in Spirit Square. The war years were, incidentally, a boom time for the logging industry in Campbell River and as a number of men left to join the forces, there was a shortage of manpower.  Those who were working in the logging industry were exempt from serving in the military.


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