In 1942, the old Fleury Foundry was leased to the Dominion Government and became home to the Number 2 Return Stores Depot. During WWII, the Depot was responsible for storing and distributing items to the military, including: clothing, equipment, tools, ammunition, artillery and vehicles.
This photograph (997.7.2) captures some of the Depot’s first employees posing outside of the building. At the height of its operations the Depot employed a total of 500 people – 300 military and 200 civilian. Let us know if you can help us identify anyone in the photo!