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 »

WO 1st Class (RSM) FL Saunders CD (1910-1993)

Frank Lewis Saunders was born at Gosport, Hants, England, on 28 November 1910. Six years later, on the death of his father, arrangements were made to place both he and George, his younger brother, in a London orphanage. At the last moment an aunt and uncle took the boys in to join their own seven more »

MGen JH Roberts CB, DSO, MC, CD (1891-1962)

Major-General John Hamilton “Ham” Roberts was born in the South-Western Manitoba village of Pipestone on 21 December 1891. He was educated at Epsom College, England, University School, Victoria, at Toronto’s Upper Canada College and at the Royal Military College. A robust and active student, he excelled in sports, particularly football, tennis, shooting and cricket. Graduating more »

MGen EC Plow CBE, DSO, CD (1904-1988)

Major-General Edward Chester “Johnny” Plow was born in St. Albans, Vermont, in September 1904. Educated at Lower Canada College, he entered the Royal Military College in 1921. His elder brother John, preceded him to the college and the practice of referring to new cadets by their elder brother’s Christian name was followed; for the rest more »

MGen HA Panet CB, CMG, DSO (1869 – 1951)

Major-General Henri Alexandre Panet was born in Quebec City on 24 July 1869; he graduated from the Royal Military College in the summer of 1891 and qualified Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Artillery on 2 May 1894. In October 1899 Captain Panet was placed on establishment of the 2nd (Special Service) Battalion, Royal Canadian Regimen more »
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