The Canadian Military Police Association is pleased to bring you a two-part historical account of No. 2 Provost Company during the Second World War—written by former unit commander H. C. (Chris) Forbes—which was originally published in The Quarterly magazine of the RCMP in the mid-1980s.
Forbes joined No. 1 Provost Company as a RCMP volunteer in 1939 and was later commissioned in the Canadian Provost Corps. He commanded No. 2 Provost Company from March to November 1944 and was later promoted to Major and appointed Assistant Provost Marshal of the 2nd Canadian Division. After the war, Forbes returned to the RCMP and finished his career with that force at the rank of superintendent.
The CMPA is gratefully to the Board of Trustees of The Quarterly, which is now published by the RCMP Veterans' Association, for granting permission to republish both parts of this article on our website. Christopher Forbes' piece is an important part of the written historical record of the Canadian Provost Corps and its modern-day successor, the Military Police Branch of the Canadian Armed Forces.
View Part 1 here (originally published in The Quarterly, Vol. 50, No. 4, Fall 1985, pp. 20–41)
View Part 2 here (originally published in The Quarterly, Vol. 51, No. 1, Winter 1986, pp. 8–29).
Upper image: Major H. C. Forbes, Assistant Provost Marshal, 2nd Canadian Division, 4 June 1945, Aurich, Germany. (Unknown photographer/via RCMP The Quarterly). Lower image: Cover of Winter 1986 edition of The Quarterly, featuring an Alex Colville painting titled "The Provost." (Painting credit: Canadian War Museum).