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John Carl Murchie
Born (1895-06-07)June 7, 1895
Died March 5, 1966(1966-03-05) (aged 70)
Place of birth Edmundston, New Brunswick
Place of death Ottawa, Ontario
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Years of service 1912 - 1945
Rank General
Commands held Chief of the General Staff
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Canadian Forces Decoration

Lieutenant-General John Carl Murchie CB CBE CD (June 7, 1895 – March 5, 1966) was a Canadian soldier and Chief of the General Staff, the head of the Canadian Army from December 27, 1943 until August 21, 1945.

Military career

Murchie graduated with a Military Qualification certificate from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario in 1915 during World War I. He served with the Canadian Army in France from 1915 to 1917.

He also served in World War II and became a General Staff Officer at National Defence Headquarters in 1939.[1] In 1940 he became Director of Military Operations and in 1941 he was made Director of Military Training & Staff Duties.[1] Later that year he was appointed a Brigadier on the General Staff at Canadian Military Headquarters in England.[1] He then went on to be Vice Chief of the General Staff in 1942.[2] He served as Chief of the General Staff from 1944 until 1945[3] and retired in 1946.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 John Carl Murchie at
  2. 12 Ottawa citizens among 112 decorated Ottawa Citizen, 24 November 1943
  3. Record Honours List for Canada The Canberra Times, 2 January 1945

Further reading

  • 4237 Dr. Adrian Preston & Peter Dennis (Edited) "Swords and Covenants" Rowman And Littlefield, London. Croom Helm. 1976.
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "To Serve Canada: A History of the Royal Military College of Canada" 1997 Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1969.
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "Canada's RMC - A History of Royal Military College" Second Edition 1982
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Preston "R.M.C. and Kingston: The effect of imperial and military influences on a Canadian community" 1968 Kingston, Ontario.
  • H1877 R. Guy C. Smith (editor) "As You Were! Ex-Cadets Remember". In 2 Volumes. Volume I: 1876-1918. Volume II: 1919-1984. RMC. Kingston, Ontario. The R.M.C. Club of Canada. 1984
  • MapArt Golden Horseshoe Atlas - Page 657 - Grids M13, M14
  • J.L. Granatstein. The Generals : the Canadian Army's Senior Commanders in the Second World War (Toronto, 1993). ISBN 0-7737-5728-7
Military offices
Preceded by
Kenneth Stuart
Chief of the General Staff
Succeeded by
Charles Foulkes

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