Pacific Coast Militia Rangers, 32nd. Company

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Pacific Coast Militia Rangers, 32nd. Company

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        1939 - 1944

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        With the outbreak of war with Japan in December 1941, public concern grew about the vulnerability of the Pacific coastal areas. In light of this concern, the Pacific Coast Militia Rangers (PCMR) were created in March 1942. This volunteer, unpaid force recruited men outside of the main cities who would not, for reasons of age, disability, or occupation, be able or eligible to serve overseas. By March 1943, nearly fifteen thousand BC trappers, loggers, and fishers had organized in 138 companies along the coast and well into the interior. Each company was organized locally and led by a local officer. In Parksville, the 23rd Company was led by Captain James Kingsley. Companies performed a number of duties, including the monitoring of coastlines, trails and remote roads. The Pacific Coast Militia Rangers were disbanded on September 30, 1945, after Japan's surrender in the Second World War.

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        Parksville, British Columbia

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