Objects and Photographs


Canadian Sailor in Hospital
Canadian Sailor in Hospital

Canadian sailor Edgar Foreman works on a Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve crest while recovering in hospital.

Hospitals offered a variety of crafts to help patients pass the time or as part of rehabilitation following wounds or injury. Canada's navy began the Second World War without hospital facilities, and had to build up establishments like this to treat the sick, injured, and wounded that inevitably accompanied a massive expansion in personnel, extensive naval operations, and combat with the enemy. During the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Navy's medical branch handled some 150,000 hospital admissions.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19860341-002_10

Calgary Half Company, RCNVR, 1938
Halifax Dockyard
HMCS Micmac
Calisthenics at HMCS Cornwallis
Canadian Sailor in Hospital
Service Club, Sydney, Nova Scotia
Three Sailors at Rest Base, Northern Ireland
Commander Dorothy Isherwood Inspecting Wrens, Halifax
WRCNS Acceptance Letter to Eleanor McCallum
HMCS Conestoga
WRCNS Summer and Winter Uniforms
WRCNS on Parliament Hill, Ottawa
WRCNS Training at HMCS St. Hyacinthe
WRCNS Quarters, Halifax, 1945
Wrens Listening for German Radio Transmissions
Plotting Room, Naval Service Headquarters, Ottawa
Combat Simulator Ship Model
First Wrens Going Overseas
Jenny Whitehead at Work
Canadian Naval Staff in London on V-E Day
Modelling WRCNS Uniforms and Civilian Wear
Fifth Victory Loan, 1943
Seventh Victory Loan, Halifax, 1944