OCdts. On Parade


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Researched by E3161 Victoria Edwards (RMC 2003)

* He was born in Toronto on 7 November 1913, the son of Herbert J. and Ruth Bell.

* In due course he entered the Royal Military College in Kingston.

* After graduating, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Engineers.

* In 1936, he was awarded a B.Sc. with honours in civil engineering by Queen’s University.

* He became a captain in 1939, a major in 1942, a lieutenant colonel in 1943, a colonel in 1945, and a brigadier in 1951.

* Anna Jane Higginson became his wife on 21 October 1939 in Quebec City.

* In 1940 he went overseas beginning with staff duty for a couple of years.

* In 1942 and 1943 he was on duty at the War Staff College.

* In 1943 he was with the 21st Army Group Mission to North Africa and Sicily.

* From 1943 to 1945 he was a staff officer with the chief engineer, 1st Canadian Army.

* As the war wound down, I became in 1945 the deputy chief engineer of the 1st Canadian Army in Northwest Europe and finally the commander of the Royal Canadian Engineers, Canadian Occupation Force, in 1945 and 1946.

* He was awarded the Order of the British Empire and the Order of Orange Nassau (the Netherlands).

* After his return to Canada, he was the director of Works and Accommodation of Army Headquarters in Ottawa from 1946 to 1951 and commander of the Northwest Highways System from 1951 to 1955. He was area commander of the Saskatchewan Area from 1955 to 1957 and deputy quartermaster general of the Army from 1957 to 1961.

* Finally, he was assigned to the Imperial Defence College in 1962 and was director general of Plans and Operations, Army Headquarters, 1963-64.

* He headed a Canadian Military Mission to Tanzania in the fall of 1964 and he was in charge of Canadian Army operations in the Congo, the Gaza Strip, and Cyprus, as well as the military aspects of several Canadian delegations to Indochina, Kashmir, and Pakistan.

* He retired in 1965 and that year became the director of the Montreal office of the Arctic Institute. In January 1968 he was appointed the executive director of the Institute, a position he held until May 1975. After leaving the Institute, he and his wife retired to McDonald’s Comers, Ontario and the couple spent a substantial part of the winter in Green Valley, Arizona

* When he died, his wife Anna Jane and daughters Wendy Elizabeth Parkes, of Ottawa, and Judith Anna Carrie, of Calgary, survived him.

1. 2229 BGen (Ret’d) Herbert Love (RMC 1935)

2. 2435 BGen (Ret’d) Bob Bennett (RMC 1935)

3. 2474 BGen (Ret’d) Newson (RMC 1935)

4. 2530 BGen (Ret’d) William Lye (RMC 1936)



1. 2229 BGen (Ret’d) Herbert Wainwright Love (RMC 1935)

Source: pubs.aina.ucalgary.ca/arctic/Arctic41-2-162.pdf

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