Great Gunners


Brigadier WS Ziegler CBE, DSO, ED (1911-1999)

An Alberta native, Brigadier William Smith Ziegler was born in Calgary and received his early education there and at the Strathcona High School, Edmonton. He later attended the University of Alberta, graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering. Having enlisted in the 61st Field Battery of the Non-Permanent Active Militia in 1926 as a boy more »

MGen JF Wilson (1852-1911)

Major-General James “Cupid” Wilson was born in 1852 at Kingston, Ontario; after a short service as an Ensign with the 47th Battalion of Volunteer Infantry, he joined the Kingston Field Battery in 1871 and was attached to “A” Battery of the Permanent Force. He was one of the original officers of “A” Battery. In 1884, more »

CWO LJ Vallee OMM, MM, CD (1923-2000)

Leo Joseph Vallee was born in Carleton Place, Ontario, on 15 December 1923. His father worked in a spinning mill and raised Leo and his younger brother after his wife’s death in 1928. An active youth excelling in sports and outdoor activities, Leo attended schools in Carleton Place and Renfrew. In February 1940, at age more »

Brigadier PAS Todd, CBE, DSO, ED, CD (1898-1996)

A native of Ottawa, Brigadier Percy Arthur Stanley Todd was educated at Bedford, England, and at the Ottawa Collegiate Institute. In the year following the outbreak of the Great War, he was one of 200 eager young men who undertook a seven-day, highly competitive examination competing for the 53 available positions at the Royal Military more »

MGen TB Strange (1831-1925)

The second son of a Scots officer, Thomas Bland Strange was born in Meerut, India, on 15 September 1831 and educated at Edinburgh Academy. Unable, for financial reasons, to follow his brother to Sandhurst, young Tom was accepted the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. Here talent and performance were more important than good breeding. He graduated more »
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