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Time Traveller: Digging trenches in Mahon Park, North Van, 1916

The park served as a training ground for soldiers where they learned to build trenches, wire entanglements and movable anti-aircraft screens

In 1911, the 6th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers, was formed. The unit served in both World Wars with their home base being in North Vancouver’s Mahon Park. The park served as training grounds for soldiers, where they built practice trenches, wire entanglements, and moveable anti-aircraft screens.

This image is one of several documenting the activities of Military School of Engineering, 6th Field Co., at Mahon Park in 1916.

In 1947, the unit’s name was changed to the 6th Field Squadron, Royal Canadian Engineers, and again in 1975 to just the 6th Field Engineer Squadron.

In times of peace, the unit maintained a state of readiness to help civilians, usually during natural disasters like floods.

Visit the MONOVA website for more information about the history of the North Shore and to plan your visit to MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver, now open at 115 West Esplanade in The Shipyards.

Currently, MONOVA: Archives of North Vancouver, at 3203 Institute Road in Lynn Valley, is open by appointment only. Contact: [email protected]

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