Objects and Photographs


Calgary Half Company, RCNVR, 1938
Calgary Half Company, RCNVR, 1938

The Calgary half company of the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR) poses for a formal portrait in 1938.

Starting in 1923, the RCNVR established units called "companies" or "divisions" across the country, with some communities like Calgary having smaller units called "half companies" or "half divisions". This practice helped give the Royal Canadian Navy a national presence even when its fleet had been reduced to a bare minimum. Even in provinces like Alberta without an ocean coastline, interest in the RCNVR was usually strong.

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Calgary Half Company, RCNVR, 1938
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