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Base Borden Military Museum, Canadian Forces Base Borden, Borden, Ontario, Canada

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Location Category ID:
8000
Added to Database:
May, 2008
Last Edited:
8 March 2014
Address: 27 Ram Street, Borden, L0M 1C0 (Physical)
P.O. Box 1000, Station Main, Borden, L0M 1C0 (Postal)
Telephone: 705-423 3531
Email: beaton.sl [at] forces.gc.ca (Replace [at] with @)
Opening Times: 0900-1200 and 1300-1500 weekdays, 1300 to 1600 weekends. Closed Mondays or the day following a long weekend, Christmas week and Easter. Free admission.
Official Website: Base Borden Military Museum
Other Links: The Star: Borden
Mrclark Gallery
GRB_Ott Gallery
YouTube
Wikipedia: Borden Museum
Canadian Encylopedia: Worthington
Wikipedia: Worthington
Latitude, Longitude: 44.28932918 , -79.89395141
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: 1: Panther Tank - Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Until 2005)
2: M1917 Six-Ton Light Tank - Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Training 1940 – ca 1943)


The Base Borden Military Museum is one of Canada’s largest military museums. The Museum holds a significant collection of WWI, WWII and post-war armoured vehicles, trucks, and aircraft. The Museum tells the story of Camp Borden and the various Schools, Corps and Branches that have their heritage vested at Base Borden. The museum complex consists of several buildings and a memorial park. The main Museum building, on the corner of Dieppe and Waterloo Roads, is a renovated WWII Armoured Corps’ Officers’ Mess. This building details the history of Borden. Major General Worthington Memorial Park, commonly referred to as “Tank Park”, contains some armoured vehicles and artillery pieces from Canada, United States and England, as well as other countries from around the world. These date from WWI to modern Soviet armoured vehicles. Major General Worthington Park, named for the Father of the Armoured Corps is consecrated ground containing two graves and four cenotaphs. It is a quiet area of reflection with benches provided for visitor comfort. (Source: Borden.forces.gc.ca).
Frederic Franklin “Worthy” Worthington was an army officer, engineer, and adventurer. He was born at Peterhead, Scotland, on 14 Sep 1889. Orphaned at 11, he became the ward of a half-brother (later murdered by Villista irregulars) in Mexico, later going to sea and, as a “sailor of fortune”, briefly commanding the tiny Nicaraguan navy in 1907. His earlier life in Mexico led him to sympathize with the ideals of Francisco Madero, for whose cause he fought during the revolution. At the start of WWI, he joined the Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade and was promoted to battery commander in France. He was awarded the Military Medal for actions near Vimy Ridge, on 6 January 1917, for holding his position during a German advance. He was later known to say that until Vimy Ridge he really never felt Canadian, but after Vimy Ridge never felt he was anything but a Canadian. He joined the peacetime Permanent Force of the Armed Forces, developing his doctrine of firepower plus mobility. In WWII, Maj-Gen Worthington founded the Canadian Armoured Corps. Later he was selected to organize, command and take overseas both the 1st Army Tank Brigade and the 4th Canadian Armoured Division. In 1944, he returned to command Camp Borden, training replacements for the Armoured Corps and the Infantry, as well as the Royal Army Service Corps and the Canadian Provost Corps. Resigning his commission in 1947, he was appointed the first civil defence co-ordinator, a position which he held until 1957, stepping down to enter the business community. After Worthington’s death in Ottawa on 8 December 1967 he was buried at Canadian Forces Base Borden according to his wishes. His wife was eventually buried beside him. (Source: Canadian Encylopedia, Wikipedia, Borden.forces.gc.ca).
The Borden military museum was established in the 1990s. In June 2007 a new main building for the museum complex was opened. It has a large hangar for the display of historic military vehicles; unfortunately the interior lighting is dark with a green hue, making photography difficult. The museum has a gift shop that is open during regular weekday hours only.

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September, 2010

M113 C&R Carrier
1: M113 C&R Carrier

Taken: 19 September 2010
Contributor: A. Adams
Location Photo ID: 868
Added: 7 March 2013
Views: 216
Has Priority: 0
    

    

    

August, 2008

Worthington Park Memorial
2: Worthington Park Memorial

Taken: 23 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 849
Added: 2 March 2013
Views: 69
Has Priority: 20
    

 

Major General Worthington Memorial Park
3: Major General Worthington Memorial Park

Taken: 23 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 850
Added: 2 March 2013
Views: 82
Has Priority: 0
    



 

Worthington Park map
4: Worthington Park map

Taken: 23 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 851
Added: 2 March 2013
Views: 101
Has Priority: 0
    



Major General Worthington
5: Major General Worthington's grave site

Taken: 23 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 852
Added: 2 March 2013
Views: 83
Has Priority: 0
    



Soviet KMT mine plough
6: Soviet KMT mine plough

Taken: 23 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 853
Added: 2 March 2013
Views: 959
Has Priority: 0
    



Museum entrance
7: Museum entrance

Taken: 23 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 854
Added: 2 March 2013
Views: 97
Has Priority: 0
    



Armoured vehicle display inside museum building
8: Armoured vehicle display inside museum building

Taken: 23 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 855
Added: 2 March 2013
Views: 149
Has Priority: 0
    



Armoured vehicle display inside museum building
9: Armoured vehicle display inside museum building

Taken: 23 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 856
Added: 2 March 2013
Views: 92
Has Priority: 0
    



Military vehicle display inside museum building
10: Military vehicle display inside museum building

Taken: 23 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 857
Added: 2 March 2013
Views: 85
Has Priority: 0
    



Military vehicle display inside museum building
11: Military vehicle display inside museum building

Taken: 23 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 858
Added: 2 March 2013
Views: 88
Has Priority: 0
    



Museum display room
12: Museum display room

Taken: 23 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 859
Added: 2 March 2013
Views: 127
Has Priority: 0
    



M113 Lynx C&R carrier
13: M113 Lynx C&R carrier

Taken: 23 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 860
Added: 2 March 2013
Views: 82
Has Priority: 0
    



Universal carrier
14: Universal carrier

Taken: 23 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 861
Added: 2 March 2013
Views: 79
Has Priority: 0
    



Canadian prototype Bobcat carrier
15: Canadian prototype Bobcat carrier

Taken: 23 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 862
Added: 2 March 2013
Views: 80
Has Priority: 0
    



Over-snow carrier
16: Over-snow carrier

Taken: 23 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 863
Added: 2 March 2013
Views: 72
Has Priority: 0
    



Cambrai Road entrance to CFB Borden
17: Cambrai Road entrance to CFB Borden

Taken: 23 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 864
Added: 2 March 2013
Views: 94
Has Priority: 0
    



M113 Lynx C&R carrier displayed beside Dieppe Road
18: M113 Lynx C&R carrier displayed beside Dieppe Road

Taken: 23 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 865
Added: 2 March 2013
Views: 113
Has Priority: 0
    

    



July, 2007

Vehicle display in museum hangar
19: Vehicle display in museum hangar

Taken: 21 July 2007
Contributor: Balcer
Location Photo ID: 866
Added: 7 March 2013
Views: 141
Has Priority: 0
    

    

    



2001

Tank Park
20: Tank Park

Taken: 2001 (Estimated)
Contributor: Borden Website
Location Photo ID: 867
Added: 7 March 2013
Views: 149
Has Priority: 0