Posts Categorized: Great Gunners

LGen WAB Anderson OBE, CD (1915-2000)

LGen WAB Anderson OBE, CD (1915-2000)

A member of one of Canada’s most distinguished military families, Lieutenant-General William Alexander Beaumont Anderson was born in Montreal. His father, the late Major-General W.B. Anderson, CMG, DSO of Ottawa, was a former Commander of Military District No. 3; an uncle, Major-General T.V. Anderson, DSO, was Chief of the General Staff at the outbreak of more »

MGen HON Brownfield CBE, MC, CD (1894-1958)

MGen HON Brownfield CBE, MC, CD (1894-1958)

One of The Royal Regiment’s brilliant technical proponents, Major-General Harold Oswald Neville Brownfield was born at Englewood, New Jersey, in December 1894, was educated in Kingston, Ontario, and subsequently attended the Royal Military College. On graduation in 1910, he was employed as an instructor with The Royal Canadian Horse Artillery and The Royal School of more »

LGen Sir HE Burstall KCB, KCMG (1870-1945)

Born at Quebec, he was educated at Bishop’s College School, Lennoxville, and at the Royal Military college of Canada and was commissioned a Provisional Lieutenant on 29 October 1889. In March 1898, Captain Burstall served with the Yukon Field Force, arriving at Wrangell on 6 May. The arduous 400-mile trip to Fort Selkirk was completed more »

General, The Honourable HDG Crerar PC, CH, CD, DSO, CD (1888-1965)

General, The Honourable HDG Crerar PC, CH, CD, DSO, CD (1888-1965)

One of Canada’s greatest wartime commanders, General Crerar was born and educated in Hamilton, Ontario. Graduating from the Royal Military College in 1909, he took a position with the Ontario Hydro-Electric Commission, Toronto. At the outbreak of the Great War he was a Lieutenant in Toronto’s 4th Battery, 2nd Brigade, the Non-Permanent Active Militia. He more »

LGen Sir AW Currie GCMG, KCB (1875 – 1933)

Arthur Currie was born on 5 December 1875 near Strathroy, Ontario, and he moved to Victoria at age eighteen. He secured a position as a school teacher, later working in insurance and real estate. He joined the local Militia, serving first in artillery and then in infantry. An energetic officer, he quickly rose in rank more »