McClain, John West

Colonel John West McLain, OBE, ED
Colonel John West McLain, OBE, ED

Colonel John West McClain was born March 15, 1901, son of Robert W. McClain and Rossetta M. West. While at University of Toronto Schools, was a member of their cadet corps.

Service Record

  • April 5, 1922 – Enlisted as a Rifleman in the QOR, D Coy, 2nd Battalion
  • April 4, 1923 – Promoted to Corporal
  • April 1924 – Appointed Provisional Lieutenant and posted to D Coy, 2nd Battalion
  • June 2, 1924 – Confirmed as Lieutenant
  • April 1, 1928 – Appointed Acting 2IC C Coy, 2nd Battalion
  • May 29, 1929 – Promoted to Captain and appointed 2IC B Coy, 2nd Battalion
  • May 7, 1930 – Appointed Adjutant 2nd Battalion
  • 1931 – Passed Militia Staff Course
  • May 2, 1933 – Appointed to command of D Coy, 2nd Battalion
  • May 20, 1940 – Taken on strength, Canadian Army Active Force in militia rank of Captain
  • May 1940 – Appointed Adjutant #2 Canadian Infantry Training Centre, Camp Borden
  • January 1941 – Appointed General Staff Officer (GSO) III National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa
  • October 1941 – Promoted Major and proceeded overseas
  • November 1941 – Appointed Administrative Officer, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division Reinforcement Unit, Aldershot
  • March 1942 – Appointed Deputy Assistant Adjutant General (DAAG), Canadian Military Headquarters, London
  • June 1943 – Promoted Lieutenant Colonel and appointed Vice-President, Officer Cadet Training Unit Selection Board
  • May 1944 – Appointed Military Secretary to the General Officer Commanding 1st Canadian Army (General Crerar)
  • June 1944 – Proceeded to North West Europe
  • February 1945 – Mentioned in Despatches
  • April 1945 – Promoted to Colonel
  • June 1945 – Created Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) [LG 37172, 12  July 1945, p. 3589]
  • July 1945 – Created Commander of the Order of Orange Nassau (Holland) [LG 12 February 1946, p. 1053]
  • November 1945 – Struck off strength Canadian Army (Active)
  • May 15, 1946 – Appointed Commanding Officer, Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
  • May 18, 1947 – Relinquished command

Colonel McClain died January 21, 1955 in Toronto.

We welcome your comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

"In Pace Paratus – In Peace Prepared"