Item PMA 12 - Pacific Coast Militia Rangers 32nd Company

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Pacific Coast Militia Rangers 32nd Company

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Pacific Coast Militia Rangers 32nd. Company

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  • 1939, 1942-1944 (Creation)
    Pacific Coast Militia Rangers, 32nd. Company

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4.5 cm of textual records, 1 map; 1 manual

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(1939 - 1944)

Administrative history

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.

Custodial history

The collection was held by or associated with J.E Kingsley, the Company Commander, and donated by him in 1989. There are no restrictions on use.

Scope and content

The fonds is organized into three series. The first series consists of an inventory of articles held by the Company as well as a list of members, a roll call, a Certificate of Discharge (W.E. Banks), and a Purchase of Firearms Document (W.E Banks). The second series consists of a manual entitled “King’s Regulations and Orders for the Canadian Militia, 1939.” The third series is one map of government, logging and trail roads.

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Arranged in three series: Administrative Records (including list of members); Military Manual, 1939; and map of Parksville and district government, logging and trail roads.

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  • English

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    BCAUL control number: CHP-2054

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    PMA 12

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