In January 1944 Tinning completes a tour of duty with the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion attached to the 6th British Airborne Division at Bulford Camp where he depicts scenes relating to their training exercises. Personally, he kept some sketches and small souvenirs from this period. Seen above is a watercolour sketch on which he inks: “Sunday Morning Service “Y.M.C.A.” Hut Bulford 1 Cdn Para Btn Jan 44″; below the sketch is a Parachutist Badge (known as “Parachute Wings) which the Canadian paratroopers received after passing their course at Bulford. A gold maple-leaf embroidered in the centre of the insignia indicates the recipient is Canadian. This scrapbook page is part of the Tinning fonds at Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa.
From Tinning’ diary while on furlough in Vancouver: “Wed 10 Nov 43 Command car called for me at 0900 hrs and took me to Ambleside where I did 4 pictures – one good, two possible. Home by 1800 hrs.” Seen below is Tinning’s sketch of a 3.7” anti-aircraft (AA) gun position at Fort Ambleside on the North Narrows of Burrard Inlet opposite Stanley Park.[LAC 1990-143-9] Below the sketch is a photo to demonstrate the accuracy of the sketch – an essential requirement for Canadian War Artists: “Accuracy was paramount, and the degree to which the artists saw this as important can be seen in their thousands of detailed small sketches of equipment, vehicles, and uniforms”. [Dr. Laura Brandon]