Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie
Born: December 5, 1875
Died: November 20, 1933
Place of Birth: Napperton, Ontario
After finishing high school, Arthur Currie moved to Victoria, BC where he taught school and sold real estate.
He enlisted in the militia and quickly rose up to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel of Artillery.
When WWI started in 1914, Currie was given command of the first Canadian unit to assist Britain.
He won distinction at Ypres and Saint-Julien in Belgium and at Vimy Ridge in France.
Currie could see the advantage of keeping the Canadians under Canadian leadership.
He was a real soldier and a keen commander who planned and trained the units under him.
Arthur Currie was put in command of four divisions and replaced British General Sir Julian Byng.
Because of his successful leadership, he became the first appointed General of the Canadian Army.
He took part in every major action of the Canadian forces on the Western Front.
Along the way, Arthur Currie picked up the nick-name "Guts and Gaiters".
It was Currie's warfare theories that literally won WWI for the allies.
Currie received many distinctions but none higher than being knighted by Great Britain.
In many ways, Arthur Currie was respected as a true leader and he stood for what Canada was all about.
For detailed research and more information, check out the following:
The Canadian Encyclopedia
The General Sir Arthur Currie Memorial Project
First World War dot Com
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