With so many men off fighting across the ocean in World War 2 theatres of operation, there was a serious shortage of military personnel to perform the everyday duties of the military in Canada.
To that end, representatives of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC) were busy recruiting, all across the country including Hamilton.
Below is a photograph which appeared in the Hamilton Spectator of October 14, 1943, along with the article which accompanied it.
“C.W.A.C. RECRUITING BOOTH — The Canadian Women’s Army Corps continues to enlist scores of local and district girls to relieve soldiers in Canada for combat duties abroad. At the Tivoli Theatre, this week, the corps has set up a recruiting booth where information concerning enlistment is provided without obligation. Demonstrations of certain types of work performed by girls in the corps are given at this booth. In the photograph, Miss Florence Smith is receiving information from Cpl. Cathryne Blackley, of the local recruiting centre. On the extreme right, Pte. Dorothy Albright, and Pte. Vera Wismer, who is seated beside her, demonstrate the type of work they do at the Canadian Army Trades School here.” The Hamilton Spectator. October 14, 1943.
Photo courtesy PreVIEW, Local History and Archives, Hamilton Public Library.