Great Gunners

MGen WHP Elkins CB, DSO, CBE (1883-1964)

Major-General Elkins was born on 13 June 1883 at Sherbrooke, Quebec. He graduated frp, the Royal Military College, Kingston, in June 1905 and was commissioned in the Royal Canadian Artillery; his first posting was to “B” Battery, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (RCHA). In his early years he served with “N” Battery, Royal Horse Artillery in more »

MGen Sir GA French CMG (1841-1921)

Born at Rosscommon, Ireland, in 1841, George Arthur French served for a short period with the Royal Irish Constabulary before entering military service. He attended both Sandhurst and the Woolwich Military Academies and was commissioned in the Royal Artillery in 1860. On arrival in Canada in 1862, he was employed as Adjutant Royal Artillery at more »
Col DT Irwin CMG (1843-1928)

Col DT Irwin CMG (1843-1928)

Colonel De la Cherois T. Irwin was born in Carnagh County, Ireland, on 31 March 1843 and entered the Royal Militia Academy, Woolwich in early 1860. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery on 1 July 1861 and was posted to the 10th Brigade, then under order for duty in the West more »

Sgt-Maj W Jordan (1852-1938)

Born in Quebec City in November 1852, young William Jordan became attracted to the military early in life. In 1866, at thirteen years of age, he enrolled as a boy bugler in the 8th Royal Rifles of Canada and served in the Fenian Raids of 1870. With the withdrawal of the British Regular Troops from more »

BGen EMD Leslie DSO, CD (1918-1979)

The son of another distinguished Canadian Gunner, Brigadier-General Edward Murray Dalziel “Teddy” McNaughton was born in Guildford, Somerset, England in October 1918. Educated in the United Kingdom and at Montreal’s Loyola College, he enlisted as a Gunner in the 1st Field Battery of Ottawa. Earning his commission in 1938, he enrolled in the Permanent Force more »
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