The Regiment has had excellent books published about its history; service in the regiment has also inspired its
own soldiers to write and be published in the field of military history. This is a
list of those known historians and authors.
Major Roy Farran, DSO, MC
Roy Farran was born in England in 1921, attended school in India, and after service in the
Second World War retired to Calgary (at the age of 31) to raise cattle. His Second World
War exploits could (and have) fill volumes; Farran was a Commando officer, serving in the
now famous Special Air Service. He first saw action in North Africa with the 3rd Hussars
before joining the SAS, commanding a troop of tanks. Farran was moved to Crete where he
was wounded in action and taken prisoner. After recuperating in a Greek hospital, Farran
escaped by boat and were adrift for nine days before being rescued by a British destroyer.
After joining the SAS he led many raids behind enemy lines, large and small, and was
highly decorated. He won the DSO twice and the Military Cross three times, as well as the
US Legion of Merit.
He remained in the SAS after the Second World War, being wrongfully accused of the murder of a 16
year old Jewish terrorist in Palestine while serving there. When a mail bomb sent to
"R. Farran" at his mother's home killed his brother Rex, he decided to leave the
Once in Calgary, Farran founded the North Hill News in 1954 (at about the same time he
wrote the Calgary Highlanders' history), and served as city alderman between 1961 and
1971. Elected a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, he served as Solicitor
General from 1975 to 1979.
Roy Farran's account
of the Calgary Highlanders (known widely to the regiment as "The Green Book")
was published ten years after the conclusion of the Second World War. The book today
is a collector's item, long out of print and fetching large sums on the used book market.
The History of the Calgary Highlanders 1921- 1954
(Bryant Press, Calgary, AB, 1954)
||Daniel G. Dancocks
Daniel Dancocks was a graduate of the University of Alberta, and also
widely published in the subject of Canadian military history, including a volume on the
subject of Canadian prisoners of war. His interest in the First World War led to
visits to the Ypres Salient, and the highly acclaimed book Welcome to Flanders Fields:
The First Canadian Battle of the Great War: Ypres, 1915.
His research into the Ypres battle, in which the Tenth
Battalion played such a vital role, made him a natural candidate when the Regimental Funds
Foundation commissioned an author to write the Regiment's First World War history. Gallant
Canadians, produced two years after Welcome to Flanders Fields, may be
considered one of the best Great War era regimental histories yet written. Dancocks
went on to produce an excellent summary of Canadian involvement in Italy in the Second
World War (D-Day Dodgers), and unfortunately plans to write the Second World War
history of the Regiment went unfulfilled in the wake of his untimely death.
Gallant Canadians: The Story of the Tenth Canadian Infantry Battalion 1914-1919
(Calgary Highlanders Regimental Funds Foundation, Calgary, AB, 1990). 252pp ISBN
||Doctor Terry Copp
Terry Copp has been published extensively on the subject of Canadian
military history, including volumes on battlefield psychology, operational research, the
fighting in Normandy and Holland, and co-authorship of a regimental history of the Royal
Regina Rifle Regiment. Terry Copp is a professor of history, and also contributed
regularly to Legion Magazine.
His book The Brigade is unique in being the first
published volume to examine Canadian military history from the level of an infantry
brigade. The brigade he selected was the Fifth Canadian Brigade, to whom the Calgary
Highlanders belonged during the Second World War.
The Brigade: The Fifth Canadian Infantry Brigade, 1939-1945 (Fortress
Publications, Stoney Creek, ON, 1992 ISBN 0-919195-16-4
||Doctor David Bercuson
David Bercuson, born in Montreal in 1945, has become a leading
name in Canadian history. A graduate with honours of Sir George Williams University, he
finished his MA at the University of Toronto in 1967, and his PhD in 1971. After years as
an assistant professor, he became a full professor at the University of Calgary in 1978
and in 1989 was made Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies there.
After early experiences in radio and editing the Canadian Historical review, Bercuson has
moved on to contributing a regular column to The Calgary Herald, as well as commentary
appearances on CBC and CTV newscasts.
Bercuson's other published works are diverse, from True Patriot: The Life of Brooke
Claxton, to Canada and the Birth of Israel. Other military works include Significant
Incident: Canada's Army, the Airborne, and the Murder in Somalia and Blood on the
Hills: The Canadian Army in the Korean War.
Battalion of Heroes: The Calgary Highlanders in World War Two
(Calgary Highlanders Regimental Funds Foundation, Calgary, AB, 1994) ISBN
|Lieutenant Edward Patrick
Ed Ford arrived
served with the Calgary Highlanders as a platoon commander in Normandy, and though briefly
evacuated in August with battle exhaustion, remained with a rifle company until 19
September 1944, when he took over the duties of Intelligence Officer of the
battalion. He held the position until 2 November 1944, when Captain Keller, MM took
over the position.
Lieutenant Ford's duties as IO included
keeping the battalion's War Diary. While the diary has not been published in a
formal sense, Lieutenant Ford's entries were very notable for the level of detail that
went into them and make for fascinating reading as well as being an invaluable
documentation of the battalion's history.
After his period as Intelligence Officer, he
went on to command 14 Platoon in action, and survived the war. He passed away at age
90 on 28 August 2004.
The following is a list of
soldiers who have
served in the Calgary Highlanders and published a memoir:
|Jeffery Williams, CD
Jeffery Williams was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1920
and served with the Calgary Highlanders both before the Second World War, and after
Mobilization in the First Battalion, later serving in staff duties in Northwest Europe.
After WW II he commanded a company of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light
Infantry in Korea. He has taught at the Staff College and held military appointments
in Germany, in the Canadian Embassy in Washington and the Canadian High Commission in
London. He retired from the Canadian Forces in 1971.
His awards for writing included the
Governor-General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction and the University of British Columbia's
Canadian Biography Award, the latter for his biography of Lord Byng, the Governor General
of Canada and commander of the Canadian Corps at Vimy Ridge.
In 2003, the University of Calgary Press published his autobiography Far
From Home: A Memoir of a 20th Century Soldier Containing 374 pages and
many rare photos, the book covers his entire life and is needless to say very well written
and engaging. ISBN: 1-55238-119-6
Other works most directly related to The Calgary Highlanders include
The Long Left Flank : The Hard Fought Way to the
Reich, 1944-1945 (Toronto, Ontario: Stoddart, 1988). 384pp ISBN:
A 348 page book covering the fighting in Northwest Europe
from the end of the Normandy Campaign to VE Day. Many quotes from Calgary
Highlanders and good coverage of all the fighting seen by Canadian soldiers in France,
Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany from September 1944 to May 1945.
The Capture of Walcheren Island,
1944 (Roosevelt Study Center, 1994). 24pp
A pamphlet on the capture of Walcheren Island.
Additionally, Mister Williams has published a regimental
history of the PPCLI as well as a biography of Hamilton Gault, founder of that regiment.
||Private Frank P. Holm
Frank P. Holm served as a signaller with the Calgary
Highlanders from September of 1944 to April of 1945 and was a direct participant in many
of the Regiment's most famous actions including Walcheren Causeway and Groningen.
In 1989, ex-Private Holm published a succinct
but highly detailed and well-written account of his service.
A Backward Glance: The Personal
Story of an Infantry Signaller with the Calgary Highlanders in World War Two
(Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario: Self Published, 1989)
Lieutenant-Colonel Chris Linford
Chris Linford served for 8
years in The Calgary Highlanders as a snare drummer, earning the rank of
Sergeant and the appointment of lead drummer. In 1988, he left for the
Regular Force to be commissioned as a nursing officer. His career in the
Regular Force spanned 24 years and included operational tours in Rwanda, the
first Gulf War, and Afghanistan, where he was executive officer of the NATO
Role 3 Combat Surgical Hospital at Kandahar Airfield. He commanded several
medical units, including 1 Field Ambulance. His autobiography is a
well-received book about his struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Warrior Rising: A Soldier's Journey to PTSD and Back (Friesen Press,
Victoria, BC, 2013) ISBN 978-1-4602-1993-5 (paperback edition)
The following is a list of those who have
served in the Calgary Highlanders and been published in the field of Canadian military
Darrell Knight served as a Canadian Forces paratrooper
during the Cold War era, in addition to training with military forces in Israel and
Belize. In addition to military consulting for the National Post and CBC, he became a
founding member of the Calgary Military Historical Society in 1978. His first book was
entitled Pete Knight: The Cowboy King and published
a history of the wartime Air Observation Post Squadrons entitled
Artillery Flyers at War: A History of the 664, 665, and 666 ĎAir Observation
Postí Squadrons of the Royal Canadian Air Force. (Merriam
Press, ISBN 978-0-557-32964-9)
Mr. Knight also edited the book History
of the 31st Canadian Infantry Battalion, C.E.F. which was re-published in
|Corporal Michael A.
Michael Dorosh joined 2137 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (The Calgary Highlanders) in
1985 while in high school. In 1987 he was taken on strength with the Regimental Pipes and Drums, where he
served until 1996 when he was forced to remuster to the Finance Clerk trade, followed by another remuster to Resource Management
Support Clerk following the amalgamation of the Finance and Administration clerk trades
throughout the Canadian Forces. Service in the Battalion Orderly Room,
"A" Company and "B" Company followed, as a clerk, company piper, and
driver/signaller. Corporal Dorosh's first book on the subject
of Second World War Canadian Army uniforms was published in 1995, , followed by a second volume on the same
subject in 2001.
Corporal Dorosh co-founded the 10th Battalion Calgary Highlanders
Association Heritage Section in 1995, an organization which remained active
until 2006. As a member of the Centennial Committee, he authored and
published a tour guide that accompanied the Battlefield Pilgrimage that
formed part of the regimental 100th anniversary events in 2010.
CANUCK: Clothing and Equipping the Canadian Soldier
1939-45 Volume I: Battledress, Weapons and Equipment (Pictorial Histories
Publishing Company, Missoula, MT, 1995) 156pp, ISBN 1-57510-005-3
Dressed to Kill
(Service Publications Inc., Ottawa, ON, 2001) 88pp ISBN 1-894581-07-5
Captain Kenneth A. McKenzie
Kenneth A. McKenzie was born in Calgary, and
graduated from law school at the University of Alberta in 1939. He was hired
by the Attorney General of Alberta to assist the Legislative Counsel in
revising the Statutes of Alberta and enlisted in the Canadian Army two years
later, commissioned through the Canadian Officers Training Corps following
training in Calgary. He returned to Edmonton where he served in the 3rd
Battalion, The Edmonton Regiment, approximately twenty of whose officers
went to a battalion of The Edmonton Fusiliers mobilized for service with
Pacific Command on the west coast. He saw many fellow officers sent to
Europe with the CANLOAN program, where surplus junior officers in Canada
were sent to active postings in the British Army as either infantry or
ordnance officers. He eventually embarked on an overseas draft, though he
described his three month tour as Aide-de-camp to Major General George
Pearkes, VC as a "wonderful experience." The Adjutant of the reinforcement
depot was an old friend from law school, and so he became assistant
adjutant; battle drill training followed and in mid-1944 he arrived overseas
as a reinforcement officer.
The Edmonton Regiment had no
requirement for junior officers, but The Calgary Highlanders had suffered
heavily in Normandy and the Scheldt. When Lieutenant Donald Patton "D.P."
McDaniel was killed on December 1st, 1944, at the age of 27, he was brought
in to replace him. McDaniel had been a fellow Edmontonian. McKenzie took
over his platoon in the Nijmegen Salient, where conditions were cold, wet
and muddy. There, McKenzie contracted diptheria; recuperation in a British
care facility was extensive, lasting several months. After the war in Europe
had concluded, the Army did an extensive and sophisticated search of its
personnel for anyone that had been admitted to the bar. McKenzie joined No.
1 Canadian Court-Martial Centre and with several teams of military lawyers
attacked the backlog of courts-martial cases still on the books as the
Canadian Army rapidly demobilized. He spent about a year in Europe with this
group, under control of Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF).
Ken McKenzie returned to
Edmonton and rejected an offer by the Attorney General to become Legislative
Counsel of the Provincial Legislature, determined to become his own boss. He
was hired, along with Clifton Purvis, to share the job of City of Edmonton
Police Court prosecutor, hoping to earn an income at the same time as
building up a private practice. He found the demands on his time burdensome
given Purvis' own private practice demands. McKenzie was almost a full time
prosecutor when the Attorney General of Alberta once again offered a job,
which he accepted in 1948. For four years, he drafted all the province's
legislation including that stemming from the discovery of oil at Leduc. In
December 1952, an old friend from law school named Ted Bishop discussed
forming a partnership. McKenzie helped guide the partnership through major
changes; when major oil companies began relocating to Calgary, they
refocused Bishop & McKenzie to become a broader based corporate commercial
practice; as astute businessmen, they groomed articling students as
potential partners and associates. McKenzie was made Queen's Counsel in 1955
and by 1957, boasting two Q.C. appointees, the firm had become one of
Edmonton's most prestigious. Ken McKenzie retired in 1984, but presided over
the Mind Bender Roller Coaster Inquiry, the last of five Royal Commissions
he served as either counsel or chairman over the course of three decades.
In 2008, Michael Dorosh
located a manuscript that Ken McKenzie had deposited in the regimental
archives, consisting of photographs taken of road signs along the Lines of
Communication in Northwest Europe in 1945. The book Signs of War was
published shortly after with both names on the cover.
Signs of War (canadiansoldiers.com,
Calgary, AB, 2008) 76pp, ISBN