Lieutenant Colonel Richard Hierome Sankey, ED, QC. Born in 1899 Richard followed his father Major Villers Sankey into the Queen’s Own, and served the Regiment for over 25 years. His nephew Richard Sankey Malone, OBE also served with the QOR and rose to the rank of Brigadier General after the Second World War.
During the First World War he was attending Clifton College, Bristol, England and left to join the Irish Guards as a guardsman. Following cessation of hostilities he returned to Canada.
With the reformation of the reserve army in Canada he was shortly commissioned in the Queen’s Own, serving as adjutant, company commander, and second in command.
At the outbreak of war in 1939 he joined the reserve 3rd Battalion of the Queen’s Own which went on active service in 1942 under his command. The battalion was eventually disbanded to provide reinforcements for the invasion of Germany. Colonel Sankey then proceeded to Great Britain on a tour of duty and because of age, retired.
Sankey died suddenly at Toronto 12 Jan 1966 and is buried in St James Cemetery, Toronto.