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NO. 1756, MAJOR FRANK BARNARD ROLPH, D.S.O., E.D.
Major F,B. Rolph died in Montreal on 21 May, 1965, at the age of 58, He entered RMC in 1923 and gradu-
ated in 1927, He attended McGill for his degree in Civil Engineering, He was employed for a time by John S,
Metcalfe SL Co. of Montreal and by Hygrade Corrugated Cases Ltd., of England. He served with the RCA in the
Second World War and was awarded the DSO and was mentioned in despatohes.
He became associatedwith the Pentagon Construction Co. Ltd., of Montreal in 1948, and in 1962 was elected
He was an active member of the Montreal Branch of the RMC Club and the Montreal University Club.
NO. 2167, MAJOR LOREN JOSEPH LAGIMODIERE
Major Lorne Lagimodiere died in Montreal after a lengthy illness on 15 March, 1965, at the age of fifty-
one. He came to RMC in 1930 and graduated in 1934. He obtained his degree in mining engineering at McGill
in 1935, He served with the RCA from 1940 to 1945 and rose to the rank of major, He saw action in Sicily and
Western Europe. After the War he returned to the explosives Division of Canadian Industries Limited. He was
a member of the Quebec Association of Professional Engineers and of the Canadian Institute of Mining and
NO. 2517, COLONEL EDWARD GEOFFREY BROOKS,
OOBOEA 7 D.S.O., C ODD
Colonel Geoff Brooks, a dedicated soldier, who exerted a great influence on the service and College out-
look of the "New One Hundred" cadets at RMC as Staff Adjutant from 1948 to 1950, died in Ottawa on 30
November, 1964, at the age of 46,
He entered RMC in 1936 and was awarded his War Diploma in 1939. He was an excellent athlete, with
football, hockey and riding his chief interests. He joined the RCA on graduation and served overseas in the
field and in various staff appointments. In 1951, as Lt.-Col., he was
given the command of the 2nd Regiment of the RCHA which was serving
in Korea with the 25th Brigade. He was well fitted for his command for
in 1950 he had been appointed DAA and QMG of the Canadian Forces
Korea. He headed the Canadian party which tookpart in the Coronation
Ceremonies for Queen Elizabeth. In 1953 he became a member of the
directing staff at Canadian Army Staff College, Kingston. He was
appointed Director of Artillery, with the rank of Colonel, and subse-
quently the Director of Army Combat Development at Canadian Forces
NO. 6229, LIEUTENANT EGBERT JOHN PRESTON CARSON,
Lieut. John Carson, a graduate of 1964, was drowned after a
parachute jump during exercises conducted by the Parachute Club of
Canada on Saturday, 22 May, 1965, Lieut. Carson had bailed out with
other parachutists from the aircraft over Cranson Lake, five miles
north of Pembroke. He and another parachutist apparently were unable
to free themselves from their parachute harness and were pulled down
into the water. The exercises were preparatory to the Canadian Sky
Diving Championships scheduled for September in this area. Lieut.
Carson was stationed at Camp Valcartier, He entered Royal Roads in
1960 and graduated from RMC with a B.A. degree in 1964, He was
commissioned in the R22eR,
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at the end of the War. On graduation he worked as a mining engineer in Timmins but kept up his association
with the Militia. In 1928 he turned to fruit growing. On the outbreak of War he joined the RCE and in 1940 was
OC of the lst Workshop Company with the rank of Major. He went overseas in 1943 and held various staff
appointments in England in Army Survey, He returned to his orchard near Markham in 1945, He died in Toronto
on 8 January, 1965.
NO. 1641, GILBERT CLIFFORD HERON
G.C, Heron, a life member of the Club, died in Frankford, Ont., on 13 September, 1963.
He entered RMC from Upper Canada College in 1921, He left the College during his second year to join a
financial firm in Toronto.
No. 1661, MAJoR-GENERAL HARRY WICKWIRE FosTER
c.B,E., D.S.O,, c,D.
The death on 6 August, 1964, at the early age of 62, of General Harry Foster will bring back memories of
his leadership to thousands of Canadians who served under him in the Aleutians, North-West Europe and Italy.
He was regarded as the only Canadian Divisional Commander with command experience on three fronts.
He was born in Halifax in 1902, His father was Major-General G,L, Foster, C,B,, Director General of
Medical Services in World War I, He entered RMC in 1922 from King's School, Windsor, N.S., obtained his
military qualification in 1924 and was commissioned in the LSH QRCJ, At RMC he won his Crossed Whips and
Spur, Crossed Guns and Crossed Clubs. He was an excellent rider and gymnast. He was a GSO3 at Military
District I in 1935 and in 1937 went to the Imperial Staff College at Camberley, England. On the outbreak of War
in 1939 he was appointed a Brigade Major in the Canadian Infantry Corps, and went overseas with the First
He commanded the 1st Division Recce Unit LSHQRCQ in 1941, His appointment as GSOI of the First
Canadian Division in 1942 was followed by the command of the HLI of Canada. In 1943 he was promoted to the
rank of Brigadier and given the command of the '7th Canadian Infantry Brigade.
In the spring of 1943 he was recalled to Canada to lead the Canadians in the Kiska campaign in the
Aleutians. As a result of his services there, he was made a member of the U.S. Legion of Merit. Later he
returned to Britain and took command of the 7th Infantry Brigade, which became the first Allied brigade to
reach its objective in Normandy. In August, 1944, he was appointed commander of the 4th Armoured Division
In December of that year he assumed command of the lst Canadian Infantry Division in Italy, succeeding
No. 1633, Major-General Chris Vokes, He held this command until 1945.
After the fall of Rome, when the Division joined the rest of the Canadian Army in North-West Europe,
General Foster fought his Division from the Ijssel River to Amersfoort, Holland. It was the 1st Division which
on May 8, 1945,took over control of the area which had been surrendered by the 30th German Corps. The march
of the Canadians led through Amersfoort and Utrecht to Rotterdam and, in the words of the official History of
the Canadian Army, "No man who wore the old red patch on that memorable day is likely to forget the scene".
Before returning to Canada in 1945 he was named President of the Military Court which tried and sen-
tenced Major-General Kurt Meyer, a German SS Officer, for the murder of many prisoners of war.
He became General Officer Commanding Eastern Command in Halifax on his return to Canada and held
this post until 1950 when he was appointed to the Imperial War Graves Commission in Europe. He was made
an honorary aide-de-camp to the Governor-General in 1959.
On his retirement he lived in Chester, N.S. He was buried with full military honours on 8 August, with
funeral services at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax, and interment at Kentville, N.S.
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REPORT OF ANNUAL MEETING, 1964
This brief report on the events of the last Annual Meeting is included to let the entire membership know
how worthwhile this annual get-together is. Aclass reunion is a special occasion, but each year has its special
The General Council met on 2 October, 1964 for a full day meeting with 24 members present. It shaped
the Foundation Fundpresentation for the Annual Meeting, decided on fees, committees, and the general business
of the Club.
The Annual Meeting took place at 9.30 a.m. on 3 October, 1964, in Currie Hall with 135 members present.
Lt.-Col. J,H, Moore was in the Chair. In his report he covered the whole development of the Foundation Fund
and urged its whole-hearted support by ex-cadets everywhere. The officers elected for 1964-65 are listed at
the beginning of this section. No. 599, L,F, Grant and No. 759, H.H, Lawson were elected Honorary Life
Members of the Club in recognition of their long and distinguished service to the College and the Club.
Following the Annual Meeting the Cadet Wing, under the command of No. 6464, C.W.C. J.D.S. Harries, put
on an impressive ceremonial parade. The salute was taken by the Minister of National Defence, the Hon, Paul
Hellyer. Lt.-Col. J.H. Moore, the retiring president, was one of the inspecting officers.
At the College Fall Convocation, at -2.30 p.m., an honorary degree of-Doctor of Military Science was
conferred on No. 1032, Lt,-General E.L.M. Burns, D,S.O,,O,B,E,, M,C., a member of the entry class of 1914
and a recruit to the Old Brigade.
Over 300 ex-cadets sat down at the Annual Dinner in the Cadet Mess. The new practice of limiting the
speeches to the replies to the toasts was again followed, permitting more time for the Roll Call, and allowing
the Class Reunion groups to demonstrate their attendance without rushing the procedure. Almost 175 wives
attended the Ladies Buffet in the Senior Staff Mess while the Annual Dinner was taking place. Our sincere
thanks to the Kingston Branch for the great success of this social affair.
The EX-Cadet Parade was marshalled by Major Guy Savard, the new president, on Sunday, 4 October,
1964, at 10.20 a.m. under ideal weather conditions. The largest turnout ever, 225 ex-cadets, marched to the
Arch. The salute was taken by No. 297, Capt, H.R. Poussette, the Club patriarch. On the reviewing stand with
him was Lt.-Col. Jake Moore, the retiring president. The memorial service at the Arch was conducted by
Rev. Christopher Carr, He spoke in both English and French. The Royal Canadian Signals Band provided the
music for both the parade and the Service.
The strains of the "Boys of the Old Brigade" was drowned out by the emotion-raising reception given the
ex-cadets by hundred of cadets which met the parade as it re-entered the inner enclosure.
The Club is grateful to the Commandant, No. 2364, Air Commodore L.J. Birchall, O.B.E,, D.F.C., C.D.,
A.D.C. and to the College staff for the excellent arrangements they made for the various functions of the week-
end. The provision of buffets on Saturday and Sunday for the ex-cadets and their wives was sincerely
The Club is also grateful to the Officers Commanding the National Defence College, the Canadian Army
Staff College, the Royal Canadian School of Signals, and the R,C.E.M,E, School for their kindness in providing
accommodations and Mess facilities duringthe week-end. Our thanks also go to the Signals Band for providing a
programme at the Annual Dinner and for the inspirational music they played for the march of ex-cadets to and
from the Memorial Arch.
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