General Sir Arthur William Currie 1875-1933

The first Canadian-born general, Currie grew up on a farm in Napperton and attended Strathroy Collegiate Institute. In 1894 he went to Victoria, B.C. where he joined the militia in 1897. At the outbreak of World War I he was given command of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade and went overseas in 1914. He led the 1st Canadian Division at Vimy Ridge in 1917 with the rank of major-general. Later, he was promoted to lieutenant-general and became General Officer Commanding the Canadian Corps. On his return to Canada he was promoted to the rank of full general. From 1920 until his death he was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University.


At Strathroy District Collegiate Institute, 361 Second Street, Strathroy

Region: Southwestern Ontario

County/District: County of Middlesex

Municipality: Township of Strathroy-Caradoc