Our Museum was established in 1990, by agreement of the then Commanding Officer, LCol JD Gemmell and the members of the 12 Service Battalion Society. Later in 1994 the Society Museum was accredited as a Canadian Forces (CF) Museum. We now have the distinction of having the support of both the 12 Service Battalion Society and the CF Museum organization of the DND.
The Museum is quartered within the foyer and hallways of The Sherman Armoury. Visitors who walk through the main entrance enter into a large foyer and are provided with a panorama view of the past. Situated along the walls of the foyer are large oak and glass display cases featuring exhibits of the 12 Service Battalion, the Canadian Forces and each of our Predecessor Corps, the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps, the Royal Canadian Army Ordnance Corps, and the Corps of the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Throughout the hallways on either side of the foyer are other cased exhibits featuring Weapons, Medals, 3rd Div Petrol Company RCASC, United Nations and a Reference Library of over 1100 non-fiction military related volumes. The Museum is still expanding and is operated by volunteers of the 12 Service Battalion Society.
Canadian Army Service Corps
Canadian Ordnance Corps
Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineers
Canadian Provost Corps
Canadian Army Pay Corps
Canadian Postal Corps
Canadian Women's Army Corps
Canadian Intelligence Corps
Canadian Army Chaplain Corps
The initial meeting to form a 12 Service Battalion museum was held on 27 November 1989, under the authority of the Commanding Officer, LCol John Gemmell. This meeting was conducted by Honourary Colonel Larry Watkins and succeeded in forming the first Society/Museum Committee.
On 23 November the 12 (Vancouver) Service Battalion Society received it’s Certificate of Incorporation.
On 20 Apr 1994 Canadian Forces Museum Accreditation was granted.
To collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit artifacts/ archives related to 12 Service Battalion, its predecessor Corps and other organizations connected to the military and social development of the unit.
The following are The Museum Chronicles - a series of interesting and informative articles about the Battalion and its predeccesor units.