Pacific Coast Militia Rangers posing in a field, positioned in two rows, circa 1940 – picture thought to have been taken in the Oliver area. Did the militia go to war or stand guard at home. No 48 squad called Testalinda/Oliver
People identified in photo:
Kelly, Bob (William?);
One name missing of the ten Rangers.
No left or right mentioned on picture but Andrew Endreny stands out. – top left.
The Oliver News issue of June 4, 1942 wrote that a force of more than 200 men—between Vaseaux Lake and the American border—had begun training for home defence. Captain F.W. Nesbitt was in command of Unit # 48, which was divided into five detachments. While rifle shooting was to be stressed in the training, the paper noted that “the men are to receive training in scouting, first aid, field craft, signaling and various tactics used in guerrilla warfare. Books on guerrilla warfare are now available and these are being studied by the men.”