OCdts. On Parade

Question #1: Who am I? (By E3161 Victoria Edwards (RMC ‘03)

  • I studied at RMC in Kingston.
  • I served in the Royal Canadian Engineers during the Second World War. I was second in command of the 7th Canadian Battalion.
  • My father was a Canadian soldier, journalist and diplomat. With the rank of Major-General, my father commanded the 2nd Canadian Division (1940-41). His Majesty King George VI, in military uniform at centre, was shown around the Calgary Highlanders’ area on 27 March 1941 by Lieutenant Colonel J. Fred Scott, in helmet and respirator. My father is the man behind.


  • In 1959, my father donated his five and a half acre estate at Batchelor Bay near Whytecliff to the UBC for work in the fields of fine arts and public affairs, and approved student activities. He donated his personal library of 10,000 books in 1963; it has been housed in “the Rockwoods Centre Library” of the UBC library.
  • I died in Vancouver on 8/22/1994.

a) 1780 Air Commodore Martin Costello (RMC ’24)
b) 1801 Brigadier-General Stephen E. Morres (RMC ’24)
c) 1713 Major Victor E.C. Odlum (RMC ’23)
d) 1814 Major-General Elliot N Rodger (RMC ’24)

Question #2: Which Prime Minister of Canada wrote in his diary after a visit to RMC: “It was interesting to reflect that had I been a year older at the time, I might myself have received a training at the Military College. I recall father was very anxious I should take a course there, and was impressed by the value of the training. I was, however, a year too young.”

a) Sir Robert Laird Borden, PC, GCMG, KC served as the 8th Prime Minister of Canada
b) Arthur Meighen, PC, QC served as the 9th Prime Minister of Canada
c) William Lyon Mackenzie King PC OM CMG served as the 10th Prime Minister of Canada
d) Paul Edgar Philippe Martin. PC, MP (also known as Paul Martin, Jr.), served as the 21st Prime Minister of Canada
e) Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien, (generally known as Jean Chrétien) served as the 20th Prime Minister of Canada.

Answer #1: c) 1713 Major Victor E.C. Odlum (RMC ’23)

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Source #3: Victor Odlum : A Memoir West Vancouver, BC, Canada Petrokletor Publishers 1995 ISBN Number: 0968016804 / 9780968016800

Answer #2: c) William Lyon Mackenzie King

Source: William Lyon Mackenzie King Papers, Diary, 1 August 1938, f.585 cited in J.L. Granatstein “The Generals: The Canadian Army’s Senior Commanders in the Second World War”

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