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Old 01-10-12, 03:18
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An old friend to CMPers and other Canadian military buffs is being demolished. The Central Ordnance Depot in London, Ontario was where most of our NOS parts came from. My first recollection of it was around 1967 or so when as a lad I saw row upon row of what I now know were M-series Dodges.
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Old 01-10-12, 03:47
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In addition to the Central Ordnance Depot, there were other levels of RCOC installations.

I think the smallest unit was the Regional Ordnance Depot (ROD), such as 15 ROD in Lakeview. It became a Canada Post depot.

Next up the chain, I believe, was the COD, such as 25 COD which many of us are familiar with.

Next up, I believe was the Central Ordnance Railhead (COR) such as 43 COR at Camp Borden, located near where "The Hole" is/was, but on the opposite side of the road.

Funny how I can recall items like this, being triggered by Bruce's post, but I can't remember if I took my meds this morning! (Joking...but ain't it the truth.)
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Old 01-10-12, 04:42
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I was going to post a picture of a label of some NOS, wax covered box but all the ones I can find say "Central Ordnance Depot, Montreal". I have to conclude the term central meant central to some military district and not what we think today as 'central' Canada.

I'm not sure what was in these depots. It certainly was vehicle and firearms parts, but soft stuff like uniforms too?


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In addition to the Central Ordnance Depot, there were other levels of RCOC installations.

I think the smallest unit was the Regional Ordnance Depot (ROD), such as 15 ROD in Lakeview. It became a Canada Post depot.

Next up the chain, I believe, was the COD, such as 25 COD which many of us are familiar with.

Next up, I believe was the Central Ordnance Railhead (COR) such as 43 COR at Camp Borden, located near where "The Hole" is/was, but on the opposite side of the road.

Funny how I can recall items like this, being triggered by Bruce's post, but I can't remember if I took my meds this morning! (Joking...but ain't it the truth.)
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Old 01-10-12, 05:00
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Bruce, in the past I have had pattern 37 webgear that was tagged Central Ordnance Depot London. It was repacked in the 50's.
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Old 01-10-12, 14:46
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The buiding now being torn down is one of 8 large buildings that once was part of a very substantial logistics hub. On the west side of the road are 5 approx. 40,000 sq. ft. wharehouses, all with rail links, the tank shed, and the office building. Like Bruce, I can recall Centurions rumbling under the overpass on their way to the maintenance building that is now being torn down. Rows of ex-American 5 ton trucks with the stars still on the hood and doors waiting for inspection and paint. My father recalls truck loads of Ford flatheads in crates going to the scrap yard in the late sixties. The maintenance building had a large machine shop, paint facilities, overhead cranes, and dozens of work bays. After the buildings on the west side of Highbury were surplussed in the early seventies, most of the work done there was moved to Montreal, as well as the major overhauls, relegating the complex to an "Area Support" facility for 1 RCR and the surrounding militia units.
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Old 02-10-12, 02:37
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The buiding now being torn down is one of 8 large buildings that once was part of a very substantial logistics hub. On the west side of the road are 5 approx. 40,000 sq. ft. wharehouses, all with rail links, the tank shed, and the office building. Like Bruce, I can recall Centurions rumbling under the overpass on their way to the maintenance building that is now being torn down. Rows of ex-American 5 ton trucks with the stars still on the hood and doors waiting for inspection and paint. My father recalls truck loads of Ford flatheads in crates going to the scrap yard in the late sixties. The maintenance building had a large machine shop, paint facilities, overhead cranes, and dozens of work bays. After the buildings on the west side of Highbury were surplussed in the early seventies, most of the work done there was moved to Montreal, as well as the major overhauls, relegating the complex to an "Area Support" facility for 1 RCR and the surrounding militia units.
Almost brings a tear to your eye!
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The workshops on the west side of Highbury Road are still there and in private hands. They are for sale if you need a little extra space.
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