Norah Shaw has shared with us some great Long Branch Army Camp photos
Norah Shaw of Winnipeg has shared with us some great photos from the Long Branch Army Camp, which I’ve written about from time to time at this website.
In an email Norah writes:
Here find picture of Staff House, class picture grade 8, 1955-56 taken at SHEP School, which was in the SH proper. Only the Catholic kids went to school outside the building (Christ the King).
Last picture, my brother Ken, and friends taken in our kitchen, in the SH, about 1955, most have passed now.
As well, Norah Shaw writes:
I looked up SHEP to see if I could find out what it stood for.
early to mid 1940’s
[As the map at the top of the page indicates, SHEP has also been identified as standing for Soldiers Housing Emergency Premises. This the last word could be either “Project” or “Premises.”]
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I went to the school at the army camp in 1948 (kindergarten). My teacher was Mrs. Bull and I remember her as a lovely and kind person. My family lived in the Staff House across from the Army Camp and next to it was the Small Arms Factory. My uncle Michael Grogan worked there for a very long time during and after the war.
It’s wonderful to know of Mrs. Bull. When we have a teacher who is a lovely and kind person that memory, I think, tends to stay with us. Such teachers, and such people, can have an impact that lasts for years and generations. I’ve often visited the area where the Small Arms Factory was located. There is so much history in that part of Lakeview and adjoining Long Branch. Your comments, and those of other people, help us to picture the lives and events of years ago!