Geoffrey Walsh

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Geoffrey Walsh
Born (1909-08-19)19 August 1909
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Died 3 April 1999(1999-04-03) (aged 89)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada[1]
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch 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[edit]

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[edit]

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

References[edit]

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