Objects and Photographs


Commander Dorothy Isherwood Inspecting Wrens, Halifax
Commander Dorothy Isherwood Inspecting Wrens, Halifax

Commander Dorothy Isherwood (centre left) inspects members of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS) in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

One of the officers from Britain's Women's Royal Naval Service who came to Canada to help create the WRCNS, Isherwood became the director of the Canadian service in March of 1943, a position she held until September of that year. Although Isherwood wears the uniform of the WRCNS and the three stripes of a commander in this photograph, she was still officially serving with Britain's Royal Navy.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19920141-059

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