MacKendrick, Harry Crane

Mackendrick, Harry Crane
Colonel H.C. MacKendrick, OBE, ED, CD

Colonel Harry Crane MacKendrick, OBE, ED, CD was born 30 August 1895 in Galt, Ontario, son of Henry Frederick MacKendrick, MD and Jennie Wishart Carter. He attended Galt Collegiate where he rose to command the Cadet Corps, before attending the University of Toronto, Faculty of Forestry.

One son, Major James Harry MacKendrick, CD served during WWII, and Korea and was with the Queen’s Own regular force and the RCOC.

Harry died 12 May 1966.

Service Record

  • Served two years with the Canadian Officers Training Corps at University of Toronto and also with the 29th Highland Light Infantry of Canada
  • 16 Dec 1915 – Commissioned in the Canadian Expeditionary Force as Lieutenant with the 111th Overseas Battalion
  • 22 Nov 1916 – Transferred to the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles
  • 24 Jan 1917 – Shell gas poisoning (apparently operated on by his father who was a military surgeon)
  • Sep 1918 – Given leave to marry Miss Dora Stephanie Warnock
  • 3 Dec 1918 – Promoted to Captain
  • 20 Oct 1919 – Demobilized from the Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • 1920-1925 – Officer with Highland Light Infantry Militia
  • 1925-1939 – Officer with The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada militia,  soon appointed Adjutant of one of the Battalions, he rose to become Regimental Adjutant
  • 1939 – Appointed to Canadian Army (Active)
  • 24 May 1940 to 15 Apr 1942 – Commanded the 1st Battalion Queen’s Own Rifles
  • 1942 – Served at the Directorate of Military Training at the National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa
  • Jan 1944 – Took command of the Canadian Infantry Training Centre in Aldershot, Nova Scotia and was promoted to Colonel
  • 1 Jan 1944 –  Awarded the Order of the British Empire
  • 24 Apr 1962 to 12 May 1966 – Served as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel, QOR

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