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Geoffrey Walsh
Born (1909-08-19)19 August 1909
Died 3 April 1999(1999-04-03) (aged 89)
Place of birth Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Place of death Ottawa, Ontario, Canada[1]
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch Flag of the Canadian Army.svg Canadian Army / Canadian Forces
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Chief of the General Staff
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Canadian Forces Decoration

Lieutenant-General Geoffrey Walsh CBE, DSO, CD (19 August 1909 – 3 April 1999) was a Canadian soldier and Chief of the General Staff, the head of the Canadian Army from 1961 - 1964; Walsh was the last officer to hold this appointment as it was renamed in 1964 as part of the reorganization of Canada's military in the lead-up to the 1968 unification of the Canadian Forces.

Military career

Educated at St Catherine's Collegiate School, Walsh was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1930.[2]

He served in World War II with the Canadian Army Service Force and took part in the Spitsbergen Raid in 1941.[2] In 1942 he transferred to the 1st Canadian Division and fought in Sicily and Italy. In 1944 he was made Commander Royal Engineers for 4th Canadian (Armoured) Division.[2]

After the war he was appointed Commander, Eastern Ontario Area, followed by Commander, 27th Brigade before his appointment as Director-General of Military Training.[2] In 1955 he was appointed Quartermaster-General of the Canadian Army and in 1959 he became General Officer Commanding, Western Command.[2] In 1961 he was made Chief of the General Staff and in 1964, became Vice Chief of the Defence Staff.[2]

Family

In 1935 he married Gwynn Abigail Currie with whom he had one son.[2]

References

Military offices
Preceded by
Samuel Clark
Chief of the General Staff
1961-1964
Succeeded by
Jean Allard
(as Commander Mobile Command)
Preceded by
Creation of position
Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
1964-1965
Succeeded by
Robert Moncel


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