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Carrington, Donald (Don)

Carrington Don

Don’s military career began in High School in 1941 as an Army Cadet in Hamilton, Ontario. They were allied with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry. In 1942, still at school, he joined the Reserve Army as a boy trumpeter in the band of the 11th Fd. Bty RCA. At war’s end he resigned from both units to concentrate on schooling. In 1949 he joined the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada.

In 1951 he was accepted into the Canadian Army Officer Candidate Program and, on graduation, was assigned to the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps (RCOC). After training at the RCOC School in Montreal heIwas posted in 1952 to 9 Area Ordnance Depot (AOD) in St John’s NFLD. Thus began a series of postings and attachments for the next 3 years during which he held positions in the Regional Ordnance Depot and the Command Ordnance Office in Halifax, as well as second in command and Acting Commanding Officer 9 AOD. In 1955 he was posted to be the Quartermaster of Headquarters New Brunswick Area. The following year he was posted to Headquarters Camp Gagetown to be the Assistant Quartermaster during the camp fit up. In 1958 he was posted to 15 Regional Ordnance Depot, Longbranch, Ontario to be Indent Control Officer. In 1959 he became the Ordnance Inspecting Officer for Eastern Ontario Area. In 1960 he was posted to Army Headquarters (ADOS Tech) as a supply staff officer. There followed a relatively calm period of 3 years to his next posting as a systems analyst on the Reorganization of the Ordnance Supply System (ROSS).

His tour of duty at Army Headquarters was broken in 1965 by a posting to 4 CIBG Ordnance Field Park as Spare Parts Officer. This jammy posting was interrupted by a promotion, and he was returned to Canada in 1967 to be Chief Stores Officer and Staff Officer to Head of Corps at 25 Central Ordnance Depot. Just one year later he was returned to Canadian Forces (CF) Headquarters to the Development of an Integrated Logistic (DEVIL) Program as a systems analyst.

One year later he requested a posting to Personnel Branch, and so became the last career manager for RCOC officers, Lieutenant to Major. He then became the first career manager for logistic Lieutenants. This became the longest (and best) of his postings and was broken only when he posted himself to the Director of Supply Resources and Operations as the CF Loans and Sales Officer. In this post he was also named as the Liaison Officer to the Canadian War Museum (CWM) and Secretary of the CF Museum Committee. In May 1977 he was posted to UNEF II as Senior Staff Officer Supply. After 6 months he was promoted and returned to CFHQ as the Director of Materiel Authorization, a post he held until moved to the CF Publication Depot as Commanding Officer. He retired in August 1983.

Two days after retirement he joined the staff of the CWM where he worked with the collection until retiring in 1991 as the Curator of Collection Management. He served as the volunteer Chairman of the Bytown Museum Management Board for 5 years and then became the President and later Executive Director of the Organization of Military Museums of Canada.

Since retiring from that position Don has volunteered at the CWM Archives, carrying out various projects involving the care of the Archives collection.


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