My education began in a convent school, and from there broadened significantly under the tutelage of my multilingual and mobile family, and from much self-tutoring. The B.C. provincial exam system enabled me to amass enough credits in three years in a high school to enter the University of B.C. to study languages.
Larry Diebel was born in Calgary, raised on a ranch in southwest Alberta and graduated from high school in the town of High River. Driven by financial necessity, he made application for enrolment in the ROTP program, was accepted and, thereafter, attended the University of Alberta where he studied history. On commissioning he was affiliated to the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada and served as a member of that regiment until it’s unfortunate removal from the Regular Force Order of Battle in 1971. At that time, he fled as a refugee to the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry.
Donnelly, R. Sinclair (Clair)
Clair Donnelly was born and received his education to matriculation level in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. On graduation from high school he joined the head office of General Motors of Canada, and remained with that company for two years, undergoing a program of officer development. During the last year of high school and for the period with General Motors he served as a reservist with the Ontario Regiment (11th Armoured - Canadian Army Militia 1951 - 1954).
Alec served in the RCN from 1950-1973, in HMC Ships Ontario, Swansea, Quebec, Outremont, Ottawa, Kootenay, and Fort Erie; as Equipment and Trials Officer (Navigation/Direction) to Flag Officer Atlantic Coast; as the Naval Staff Officer, and Associate Professor of Military Studies at the Royal Military College; and in the Directorate of History. Official historian to the Canadian Armed Forces, 1973-1994, he retired as Director General History in June, 1994.
Over the last decade, Krista Duncan has acquired a BA in History at the University of Ottawa, a degree in Museum Studies through the Ontario Museum Association as well as a certificate in Archives and Records Management from Algonquin College. Krista began volunteering with the Friends of the Canadian War Museum in April of 2010 taking on the role of Youth Friends Coordinator. She has since become the Social Media Coordinator for the Friends, moderating and curating daily content on The Friends of the Canadian War Museums Facebook page.
Stewart was born at Barrie in 1937. He spent his childhood in Kingston and the war years there left a memorable impression on him. When Stewart was eleven, his family relocated to Ottawa to rejoin his father who had been assigned there after his World War II duty.
Robert Farrell is a native of Montreal. Having first served in the reserves, he joined the RCAF (Regular) right out of high school and, flew with 415 (MP) Squadron, Summerside as a Radio Officer for four years.
There are soldiers in Gordon’s family. His great-grandfather was called out for the Fenian Raids although no Fenians came to Nova Scotia. His grandfather had lengthy service in the militia and served in the Boer War with the first contingent. His father was a Master Gunner, RCA, and completed a career in the Regular Force.
Fowler, Robert (Bob)
Bob was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1936. His interest in the Canadian military began when he joined the Army Cadets and the Air Cadets during his high school years. In the Air Cadets, he reached the rank of Warrant Office, headed the precision drill team, and was chosen to visit the U.K. in the summer of 1955 as part of the cadet exchange program. During these years he also joined the Essex Scottish Regiment (now the Essex and Kent), and still recalls having a great time driving a Bren Gun Carrier on the outskirts of Windsor. He then lost his connection to the military as he went to university and afterwards had a thirty-year career with the civil service in Ottawa.