Great Gunners

Col CHL Sharman CMG, CBE, ISO (1881-1970)

Born in South Woodford, England, in December 1881, he was educated at St Lawrence College and passed the first examination of the incorporated Law Society. His youthful attention was drawn to the New World and in particular, to the excitement of the Klondike Gold Rush. He joined the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) in 1898, more »
LGen GG Simonds CC, CB, CBE, DSO, CD (1903-1974)

LGen GG Simonds CC, CB, CBE, DSO, CD (1903-1974)

A third generation career officer, Guy Granville Simonds was born at Ixworth, Sussex, England, in 1903. He was brought to Vancouver at age 9 and subsequently attended Ashbury College in Ottawa; at age 18 he was admitted to the Royal Military College, Kingston. He soon gained a reputation for excellence, achieving a “Distinguished” grading in more »
Maj C Smythe OC, MC (1895-1980)

Maj C Smythe OC, MC (1895-1980)

Conn Smythe was born, raised and educated in Toronto. Although small in stature, he excelled in sports, particularly hockey. His aggressive, determined play and hard work combined to make him a formidable opponent; he was elected captain of the 1914-1915 Varsity Juniors. When war broke out in Europe, Conn, then nineteen, tried to enlist in more »
MGen HA Sparling CBE, DSO, CD (1907-1995)

MGen HA Sparling CBE, DSO, CD (1907-1995)

A native of Toronto, Major General Hebert Alan Sparling received his early education at Ottawa and Saint John, New Brunswick. He entered the Royal Military College in the summer of 1925 and graduated four years later with the nickname “Sparky” as his brother had before him. Upon graduation he was commissioned a Lieutenant and posted more »
MGen Sir SB Steele KCMG, CB, MVO (1849 – 1919)

MGen Sir SB Steele KCMG, CB, MVO (1849 – 1919)

Samuel Benfield Steele was born at Purbrook, Ontario, in 1849, the son of a retired Royal Navy Captain. Following the family military tradition, he enlisted in the Simcoe Militia during the Fenian Raids of 1866. He qualified for an Ensign’s commission, however, preferred to serve in the ranks to gain experience. As a private soldier, more »
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