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LCol Frederick Norman Pope
Born on Nov. 4, 1911 in England where his father was an Anglican priest. Lived in Hong Kong, then England where he attended Bedford Grammar School. School cadet corps. Later joined the London Scottish Regiment (militia) where he was required to show that at least one parent was a Scot. Emigrated to Canada after a C.P.R.-sponsored agricultural course. Attended MacDonald College at McGill University to further his agricultural education. Edmonton and finally to a sheep ranch in Tofield, Alta. where he worked for board and lodging. Bellboy at the Banff Springs Hotel. In Vancouver in 1938. There in Dec. 1939 he joined the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada. Immediately overseas to England. Appointed intelligence sergeant. Experience with fifth columnist in England.
Trained in Canada, returned to England as a subaltern in the spring of 1941. Opinion of value of battle drill. Some feeling by the troops of being overtrained due to many years in England. Future wife became a volunteer driver in order to go to England in Dec. 1941. To escape the reinforcement unit he hitchhiked back to his battalion. Sent to British intelligence school.
Promoted to captain. Seaforth Pipe Band played in the village of Inverary; no locals attended because the band wore the Mackenzie tartan! Sailed aboard a troopship to Sicily. As intelligence officer he kept maps and reports up to date. Battalion in reserve in Aug. 1943. Invaded Italy. Liaison duties as staff officer (G.S.O. III) at divisional headquarters. Visited the Seaforth Highlanders for their Christmas dinner in the middle of the battle for Ortona. Returned to Charlie Company of the Seaforths as second-in-command, then company commander.
Returned to Canada to the staff college at Kingston, Ont. On return overseas in Feb. 1945 was stopped in Ottawa and posted to the directorate of military training. In Sept. 1945 attended U.S. Army staff college at Fort Leavenworth. Retained rank of major in the Interim Force. Returned to Ottawa. Posted to the tripartite committee on equipment standardization (Canada, U.S.A., Great Britain). Moved to London, England. War Office. Sometimes acted as liaison between British and Americans, particularly as to social customs. In 1951 posted as deputy adjutant &;quartermaster general at military district headquarters in Kingston.
Volunteered, but not accepted for Korean War. In 1954 was posted to the U.S. Staff College at Norfolk, Va. Army headquarters, Ottawa; logistic plans. Promoted to lieutenant- colonel in 1955. In 1957 became military liaison officer at the United Nations in New York. Involved with provision of the U.N. Force for Egypt. Worked for future prime minister, Mike Pearson, whom he considered to be a great boss and an excellent Minister of Foreign Affairs. Appointed G.S.O. I (cadets) where he was heavily involved with training programs. In 1959 commandant of the National Cadet Camp at Banff. Visited by the Queen and Prince Philip. Retired in 1962. Joined the personnel division of the Penitentiary Service.