Quest in Roots:
Brookdale Manitoba History

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BRIGADIER-GENERAL CHARLES J.A. HAMILTON, MBE, CD.

Born in Brookdale, Manitoba, Brigadier-General Hamilton was an undergraduate at Brandon College when he enlisted in The Queen''s Own Cameron Highlanders in November of 1941.

Early in 1942 he was commissioned and a year later went to Britain transferring to the Saskatoon Light Infantry (Machine Gun) and serving with that unit in Sicily, Italy and Northwest Europe.

Returning to Canada at the end of the war, General Hamilton attended Staff College at Kingston and subsequently held staff appointments in Western Command.

In 1951 he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)for outstanding service as Deputy Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General of the 25th Brigade Group in Korea.

Following attendance on many staff courses, he held senior staff appointments in the U.S.A., Canada, and the posting ofa Company Commander; he was promoted Lieutenant Colonel and appointed Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia''s Canadian Light Infantry.

Other staff appointments followed and in 1969 he was promoted to Brigadier General and named the Canadian Military Representative on the International Team of Observers in Nigeria. He commanded 3 Combat Group in the Maritimes and then 1 Combat Group based at Calgary.

He took early retirement from the Army in 1973 accepting an executive position with Great- West Life in their Marketing Division. He retired from there in 1983.

General Hamilton has served as Finance Chairman and president of the Manitoba Army Cadet League, as a director and member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires and as a member of the Board of Governors and chairman of the Finance Committee at the University of Manitoba.

General Hamilton and his wifeAnna, have five sons, four grandsons and one granddaughter. The general and his wife are presently livingat Chaffeys Locks out of Elgin, Ontario.

 

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