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    Armed Forces Bands in Canada

    Large regimental bands first came to Canada in the late 18th century. By 1869, there were some 46 bands in the Canadian militia. The first regular armed forces bands in Canada were formed in 1899. Their main purpose has been to provide music for military or public functions. As of 2023, there were a total of 73 bands in the Canadian Armed Forces: 53 in the Army, 12 in the Air Force, and 8 in the Navy.

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    Battle of Hudson Bay

    The Battle of Hudson Bay took place on 5 September 1697 during King William’s War, the North American theatre of the Nine Years’ War between England and France. Throughout the conflict, French forces tried to capture enemy forts in and around Hudson Bay. One of these was York Factory, a lucrative and important trading post the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) built in 1684. The French captured York Factory in 1694, only to have the English take it back a year later. Then, in 1697, a naval battle ensued in Hudson Bay between English and French forces. Captain Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville succeeded in taking York Factory for the French. The fort was later transferred back to the British after the Treaty of Utrecht of 1713. (See also Fur Trade in Canada.)

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    Forbes Brown

    A photograph of HMCS Sioux, a destroyer which served in the Royal Canadian Navy.

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    A photograph of a building in a Russian port taken in 1944. In the foreground is one of HMCS Sioux's deck guns. Sioux escorted convoys to Russia on what was known as the Murmansk Run.

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    Bruce Findlay

    Portrait of Bruce Findlay in uniform, 1944.

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    W.J. Hembroff

    HMCS Haida, 1944.

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    W.J. Hembroff

    Ships Crest, 1944.

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    W.J. Hembroff

    Bill Hembroff age of 20, 1944.

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    Carman Eldridge

    A portrait of HMCS Thunder's crew taken in 1941.

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    Robert C. Nelson

    Telegraphist graduating class in St. Hyacinthe (Quebec). Chief telegraphist James Dunn (Royal Navy) served as instructor. R. C. Nelson is on rear row, second from right. A friend, Bob Rigby (third row, second from left), was lost at sea in the sinking of HMCS St. Croix on September 22nd, 1943.

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    Robert C. Nelson

    On Christmas Day (1943) the captain exchanges uniform and rank with an ordinary rating. On left is Officer Steward Jack McCauley and on right, Lieutenant Robert Jarvis. HMCS Sherbrooke.

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    Robert C. Nelson

    Robert C. Nelson at his radio station on HMCS Quinte. January, 1944.

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    Robert C. Nelson

    Two officers and crew on stern of HMCS Quinte. Note depth charge canisters. January 1945.

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    Robert C. Nelson

    1943. While on convoy escort, HMCS Sherbrooke spotted an abandoned American Liberty Ship. A rescue team was sent and boarded the ship and came back with no survivor.

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    Robert C. Nelson

    HMCS Sherbrooke. 1943.

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