Sir Arthur William Currie (changed from Curry in 1887), soldier, educator (b at Strathroy, Ont 5 Dec 1875; d at MontrÃ©al, QuÃ© 30 Nov 1933). He was the first Canadian-appointed commander of the Canadian Corps during WWI. He began the war with no professional military experience but several years of service in the Canadian Militia. He was appointed commander of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade on 29 September 1914, commander of the 1st Canadian Division on 13 September 1915 and commander of the Canadian Corps on 9 June 1917. Currie served as inspector general of the militia forces in Canada 23 August 1919 to 30 July 1920, and in 1920 became principal and vice-chancellor of McGill, a position he held until his death. Without benefit of post-secondary education himself, he was extraordinarily successful as a university administrator at a time of particular importance in McGill's development. This man of little education, served with honor and great distinction throughout the war years. Alas, his ancestral home in Strathroy is slated for demolition, the Pinnacle of Canadiana and our History, MUST BE PRESERVED as a NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE and restored for future generations. Currie participated in all major actions of the Canadian forces, including PASSCHENDAELE, during the war but is best known for his planning and leadership during the last 100 days, beginning August 8 and lasting until 11 November 1918, perhaps the most successful of all Allied offensives during the war (see VIMY RIDGE). Criticism of this campaign by Sir Sam HUGHES in Parliament resulted in postwar controversy and a libel action in 1928 which completely vindicated Currie.
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michelle philp, United Kingdom6 years ago Comments: I am disgusted to hear that this historical building is to be demolished. What a disrespect to his memory, what he did for his country should be honoured and his home become a permanent reminder of his great leadership.
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