Beaton, Bernard

Sgt. Bernard “Bernie” Edward Beaton, Flight Sergeant RCAF, Photo Technician – Energy, Mines & Resources. Service number, 25144. Born, JULY 17th, 1925.

Trained at the School of Photography, CFB Rockliffe, in Ottawa.

An ‘Airmen’s Mess Card’ was issued to Beaton in February, 1944, where ‘Bernie’ was posted at the RCAF Station in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, at the early age of just 19years old.

A ‘Liberty Pass’ for B.E. Beaton, indicates that Cpl. Beaton had attended the Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit in Pensacola, Florida, USA, in July of 1951.

From the many photographs in the collection, it appears that Sgt. Beaton had a successful career as an RCAF photographer. Some of the people in the photos have been further identified by colleague George Nitchsky who knew ‘Bernie Beaton’.

Further research revealed an obituary was posted in the Ottawa Citizen, September 3rd, 2013. “BEATON, Bernard Edward died on Saturday, August 31st, 2013 at the age of 88.”

Profile Details






About me

Dale Gervais has been actively researching and documenting the history of the Canadian Film & Photo Unit since 2006. Dale recently retired in September, 2018, after over 36 years with Library & Archives Canada. Dale now works as an independent researcher, with experience in audio visual holdings, video production and more recently doing Archival textual document searches, and photographic scanning.


If you enjoy reading and viewing the articles on this site, I encourage you to donate, so that I can continue to provide new and exciting content. Thank you!

70th Anniversary D Day, JUNE 6th, 2014

The Canadian Army Newsreels

Previous Story

Nitschky, George

Next Story

King, David Norman

Go toTop