Henry Edward Burstall

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Sir Henry Edward Burstall
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Born (1870-08-26)26 August 1870
Quebec City, Quebec,
Died 8 February 1945(1945-02-08) (aged 74)
Headbourne Worthy, Hampshire,
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Forces
Rank General
Commands held Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, 2nd Canadian Division.

Order of the Bath, a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George and a

Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George

Sir Henry Edward Burstall, KCB KCMG (26 August 1870 – 8 February 1945[1]) was a Canadian general.


Domaine Cataraqui, where Burstall was born and brought up, built by his grandfather James Bell Forsyth

Born at Domaine Cataraqui, Quebec City, Quebec, the son of the wealthy merchant John B. Burstall (1832–1896) and Fanny Bell Forsyth, daughter of James Bell Forsyth, the builder of Domaine Cataraqui, in 1831. Burstall was educated at Bishop's College School and the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario (1887–89)(#246).

Military service[edit]

He was commissioned in the Royal Canadian Artillery in 1889 and served in South Africa with 1st Canadian Contingent during the Boer War. From 1901 to 1902, he served with the South African Constabulary in the Transvaal. He was promoted to lieutenant-colonel in 1908 and commanded the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in 1911.[2]

During World War I, he was a brevet colonel and Brigadier-General in command of Artillery, 1st Canadian Division from 1914 to 1915. He was promoted to Major-General and was General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Royal Canadian Artillery from 1915 to 1916. From 1916 to 1918, he was GOC 2nd Canadian Division. After the war, he was Quartermaster-General at Department of National Defence from 1919 to 1920. From 1920 to 1925. he was the Inspector-General. He retired in 1925 settling in England. He died in 1945 in Headbourne Worthy, Hampshire, England.[2] He is buried in the churchyard of St Swithun's Headbourne Worthy.


He was created a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1915, a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1917, Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1918, and Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1919.[2] The town of Burstall, Saskatchewan, incorporated as a village in 1921, is named in his honour.[3] Mount Burstall (2760m), which part of the Spray Range, Kananaskis Park, Alberta was named in 1918 in his honour. Latitude 50; 46; 20 Longitude 115; 19; 30.[4]



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