Great Gunners

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »
MGen AE Walford CB, CBE, MM, ED (1896-1990)

MGen AE Walford CB, CBE, MM, ED (1896-1990)

Major-General Alfred Ernest Walford was born in Montreal on 20 August 1896 and received his education at Westmount, Quebec. Initially employed as an accountant with the family firm, he later accepted a position as financial advisor and secretary-treasurer to the firm of James A. Ogilvie and Sons of Montreal. In September 1914, he enrolled in more »
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