Strange, Frederick William

Surgeon Lieutenant Colonel Fredrick William Strange

Surgeon Lieutenant Colonel Frederick William Strange (September 9, 1844 – June 5, 1897) was an English-born physician, surgeon and political figure in Ontario, Canada. He represented York North in the Canadian House of Commons from 1878 to 1882 as a Liberal-Conservative member.

He was the son of Thomas Strange of Berkshire and studied medicine at Liverpool and University College in London. Strange came to Ontario in 1869.

He served in the Queen’s Own Rifles from 1877 to 1883. In December 1883 he transferred to the Infantry School Corps and participated in the Northwest Resistance in 1885. He served as deputy surgeon general for the Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry from 1893 to 1896.

Strange was coroner for York County, a member of the faculty of Toronto Medical College, and was an unsuccessful candidate for a seat in the House of Commons in 1896. He died a year later at the age of 52.

You can read the Daily Mail and Empire newspaper description of the funeral. He was buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Service Record:

  • May 28, 1875 – Captain No. 3 Company in 12th York Rangers Battalion
  • August 24, 1877 – Provisional Captain with Queen’s Own Rifles
  • February 12, 1878 – Gazetted Captain with Queen’s Own Rifles
  • January 13, 1881 – Major and Surgeon with Queen’s Own Rifles
  • December 21, 1883 – Transferred to C Company Infantry School Corps
  • 1885 – Served as Surgeon Major, Infantry School Corps during Northwest Rebellion
  • September 1893 – Appointed Surgeon Lieutenant Colonel of the Canadian Militia.

2 thoughts on “Strange, Frederick William”

  1. His obituary in the Globe stated that his first military appointment was on 28 May 1875 as Captain for No. 2 Company, 12th York Rangers.


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