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Sir James MacBrien
Sir James MacBrien
Born (1878-06-30)30 June 1878
Died 5 March 1938(1938-03-05) (aged 59)
Place of birth near Myrtle, Ontario, Canada
Place of death Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Buried at Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Rank Major-General
Commands held Chief of the General Staff
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Order of St. John

Major-General Sir James Howden MacBrien, KCB, CMG, DSO, CStJ (30 June 1878 – 5 March 1938) was a Canadian soldier and Chief of the General Staff, the head of the Canadian Militia (renamed the Canadian Army in 1940) from 1920 until 1927.

Royal Visit - Train and Mounties 1933

Military career

Educated in Port Perry,[1] MacBrien initially joined the Militia but then transferred to the North-West Mounted Police and, during the Second Boer War, to the South African Constabulary.[2] Returning to Canada he was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Dragoons.[1]

He also served in World War I as a General Staff Officer and then, from 1916, as commanding officer of 12th Infantry Brigade.[2]

After the war he was appointed Chief of the General Staff.[2]

He also served as the eighth Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, from August 1, 1931 to March 5, 1938.[1] MacBrien died in Toronto.

Family

In 1907 he married Nellie Louise Ross and in 1928 he married Emily Emely Hartridge.[1]

References

Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Willoughby Gwatkin
Chief of the General Staff
1920-1927
Succeeded by
Herbert Cyril Thacker
Police appointments
Preceded by
Cortlandt Starnes
Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
1931-1938
Succeeded by
Stuart Wood


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