Lieutenant Colonel Murdoch Glenn McIver, CD joined the Queen’s Own Rifles in Toronto in 1940. After training at Camp Borden, he was stationed at Gander Airport for the winter of 1940 before going to Sussex, New Brunswick for more training. He embarked for England as transport sergeant in the summer of 1941. In 1943, he was sent back to Canada for officer training. He was not back in England in time to land on D-Day with his regiment, but landed at Sword Beach in July 1944. Once he joined his regiment in France, they moved along the coast of France before being assigned to the Scheldt Estuary where they fought from Belgium into Netherlands and Mooshoof, Germany by which time he was a captain. He served in the army of occupation until September of 1945 at which time he was shipped home as a result of an injury.
He resumed his plumbing apprenticeship, and eventually taught at the Provincial Institute of Trades, then Central Technical School and finally Danforth Technical School where he retired as assistant department head.
Shortly after returning to Canada in 1945, he joined the reserve battalion of the Queen’s Own Rifles rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel commanding the regiment from 1960 to 1963. In 1963, he and his wife, Jean, attended the royal wedding of Colonel-in-Chief Princess Alexandra in Westminster Abbey.
He retired from military service in 1963 to enjoy his cottage on an island in Georgian Bay and his teaching career. He retired from teaching in 1978 at which time he and his wife became snow birds spending winters in Florida until he passed away in 2008.