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Navy Police and Sentry in Dockyard, Halifax
Navy Police and Sentry in Dockyard, Halifax

This dark and intense drawing, typical of much of Jack Nichols' work, features navy police (centre and right) and an armed sentry (left).

In the background, sailors, possibly headed for shore leave, march together. Both the sentry and the naval police helped maintain security and manage the presence of the thousands of military personnel in Halifax. Naval personnel and the industries they supported, from pubs and restaurants to tailors and cinemas, poured cash and jobs into local communities. The lure of sex, alcohol, and entertainment could have different effects on military discipline and public order.

Navy Police and Sentry in Dockyard, Halifax
Drawn by Jack Nichols in 1944
Beaverbrook Collection of War Art
CWM 19710261-4304



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