Royce, George Cooper

Colonel George Cooper Royce VD was born 29 July 1865 in Toronto, son of Allan Royce and Sarah Jane Gilbert. A younger brother was a surgeon and also served in the First World War -Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert Royce, MD.

In his civilian life he was an engineer. He was a member of Orange Lodge No. 207.

Service Record

  • 1885 – Rifleman, Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
  • 20 July 1893 – 2nd Lieutenant (Provisional)
  • 16 August 1893 – Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant
  • 15 July 1897 – Promoted Lieutenant
  • 22 August 1901 – Promoted Captain
  • 1901 – Orderly Officer at Niagara
  • 1914 – Major
  • Jan – July 1916 – Commandant – Kapuskasing Internment Camp
  • 22 November 1916 – Promoted Lieutenant Colonel and appointed Commanding Officer, 255th Battalion, Queen’s Own Rifles, Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • 18 Mar 1920 – Appointed Colonel Commandant of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
  • 12 Mar 1921 – Relinquished appointment
Colonel George C. Royce, VD – Eleventh Commanding Officer, 1920-1921. The original 1936(?) oil painting by Lieutenant (Robert) Allan Barr hangs in the Officers' Mess.
Colonel George C. Royce, VD – Eleventh Commanding Officer, 1920-1921. The original 1936(?) oil painting by Lieutenant (Robert) Allan Barr hangs in the Officers’ Mess.

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  1. Hi I’m John Royce age nearly 80. My Cousin is Sir Frederick Henry Royce. What a wonderful successful family above .. Wow!.. I think they’re all Cousin’s of mine.. William Stapleton Royce ( 1857-1924) is my Cousin.. My Gt. Gt. Grandfather was Captain Thomas Royce ( 1813-1878) , he was a Master Mariner.. He owned 5 ships, and owned ” The Angel Inn”, in Double St, Spalding, Lincolnshire..
    Any pictures. paintings . of anything to do with my family would be much welcomed.. Thankyou. J.R.

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