Objects and Photographs


Cadet Robert Brett, 1917
Cadet Robert Brett, 1917

Robert Benney Brett was a cadet in training at the Royal Naval College of Canada when he was injured by the Halifax Explosion.

This photograph shows the bandages covering Brett's head wounds, inflicted by flying metal and glass. Brett had commenced training at the naval college in 1915 and, along with his classmates, was waiting to take his final exam when the Mont Blanc exploded. Brett recovered and was one of three Canadian cadets subsequently posted as midshipmen to the British battleship HMS Canada for further training.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19800603-001_52

Cadet Robert Brett, 1917
Captain Edward H. Martin
Llewellyn and Joseph Lush, 1914, Newfoundland Royal Naval Reserve
Ship Building, J. Coughlan & Sons Shipyard, Vancouver
Merchant Ships under Construction, J. Coughlan & Sons Shipyard, Vancouver
Launching of the SS War Camp, J. Coughlan & Sons Shipyard, Vancouver
SS War Camp at Sea
Shift Change at J. Coughlan & Sons Shipyard, Vancouver
Submarines at Canadian Vickers Shipyard, Montreal
HMCS Aurora
Admiral Jellicoe's Visit to Canada, 1919
HMCS Patriot, around 1922
Canadian Submarines CH-14 and CH-15
Royal Naval College of Canada, Esquimalt, 1920-1921
HMS Raleigh Aground, 1922
Battle-Class Trawler HMCS Ypres
RCNVR Quebec Hockey Team
Field Gun Competition, Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto, 1924
HMCS Vancouver
F.L. Houghton aboard HMCS Vancouver
Canadian Sailors and Sugar
Leonard W. Murray at the Royal Canadian Navy Barracks, Halifax
Lieutenant Governor Tory Taking the Salute
Royal Canadian Navy Barracks, Halifax