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A Nominal List of Members of the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve (RNCVR)
A partial alphabetical list of the personnel (those known to us from publicly available sources) who served in the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve (RNCVR) 1914–1920
The Royal Canadian Naval Reserve
- Part 1 Canada’s Naval Reserve in the Early Days
- Part 2 The Royal Naval Canadian Reserve (RNCVR)
- Part 3 Canada’s Naval Reserve Between the Wars
- Part 4 Admiral Walter Hose
- Part 5 Chronology of Canada’s Naval Reserve Units
In a series of articles guest author Stephen Rybak outlines the origins of the development of the Naval Reserve in Canada from its days in the War of 1812 right up to the current era.
The University Naval Training Division (UNTD)
A personal experience in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve University Naval Training Division (UNTD) in the last intake serving 1966–1968.
For twenty five years the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve University Naval Training Division (UNTD) trained university students and turned them into naval officers.
Life at the basic training base at Cornwallis NS was rigorous and exhausting. Here is a detailed look at the minute by minute schedule that drove every day of training.
Bill Clearihue has taken on the daunting task of tracking down all the former members of the University Naval Training Division – 8,000 young Canadians who trained with the Canadian naval reserve from 1943’1968. He has created a Nominal List which begins the process of sharing the huge body of information on this little–known unit that he has uncovered. He also shares a list of examples of former members who achieved career successes (which many of them attributing it to a good grounding gained during their naval training).
- UNTD Recruiting Booklet 1960c (courtesy Hugh Williamson)
- UNTD Recruiting Booklet 1951 (courtesy John Scott)
- UNTD history 1963 (pdf).
Hugh Williamson (UNTD Scotian 1966) found two original documents relating to the UNTD that members will find interesting. The first is the recruiting booklet that many members will have referenced when they made the decision to join. The second document is a rare copy of the ‘official history’ which was supposed to help UNTDs understand the genesis of the program. John Scott provided one from his collection from much earlier.
- UNTD –Nominal List (Interactive)
- UNTD –VIP List (Alphabetical (pdf)) Updated 03/08/2015
- UNTD –VIP List (Titles (pdf)) Updated 03/08/2015
- UNTD –Deceased (Alphabetical List (pdf)) Updated 03/08/2015
- UNTD –Deceased (Chronological List (pdf)) Updated 03/08/2015
Bill Clearihue has developed and updated a Nominal List of the University Naval Training Division (UNTD) of the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve which contains the names of almost 6,000 former members and details of their service. Other lists available from him detail the former members known to be deceased and a list of former members who achieved positions of note in their civilian or military careers. Clearihue will update these lists from time’to’time and they will be updated on this site.
This is a work in progress. It is an attempt to list all the Canadian naval officers who participated in the ROUTP and successor training programs to produce officers for the regular and reserve navy. It is drawn from publicly available sources and from individual inputs.
The Royal Canadian Naval Reserve Fishermen’s Reserve Section
An overview of the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve Fishermen’s Reserve Section
An alphabetical list of the personnel who served in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve Fishermen’s Reserve Section
A working list of the vessels thought to have comprised the Royal Canadian Navy Fishermen’s Reserve as well as some that are not traditionally included but that have ties to the Fishermen’s Reserve. (Links to detailed records of each of the vessel histories are included.)
There are still a number of veteran vessels from the Second World War unit known as the Fishermen's Reserve. The history of this unit has been documented in other articles in The Nauticapedia but here is an attempt to track down all the vessels still afloat (in 2016) on the BC coast.
Canadians in the RNVR
Newfoundland Naval Reserve Units
The Bay of Islands Patrol is a little’known unit attached to the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve during the Second World War.
The RCN Naval Reserve Division in Cornerbrook Newfoundland, HMCS Caribou, was an attempt to engage Newfoundland more closely in the National Defence of Canada.
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