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LGen John "Jack" K. Dangerfield, CMM, MSC, CD


Lieutenant-General (LGen) Jack Dangerfield was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on 21 October 1938. He completed his schooling in Vancouver, British Columbia. He married Jean Rayner of Vancouver in 1959 and they have three sons.

LGen Dangerfield began his military career in 1953 when he joined the Royal Canadian Army Cadets and later became the Corps Regimental Sergeant Major of the 2290 British Columbia Regiment Cadet Corps. In 1955 he joined the British Columbia Regiment of the Canadian Army (Militia) as a Trooper. In 1957 he enrolled in the Regular Army and shortly after joined the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians). Between 1957 and 1967 he served in troop and squadron command positions of reconnaissance and armoured regiments in Canada, with the United Nations Emergency Force in Egypt, and in the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1967 he attended the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College in Kingston, Ontario and upon conclusion was promoted to major. He completed squadron command in Canada with the 8th Canadian Hussars and later became Commanding Officer of an independent reconnaissance squadron in Germany. He did a two year exchange with the British Army as General Staff Officer 2 (Operations) in HQ 1st British Division, Verden, Germany.

In July 1973 he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel and served with the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan. From 1974 to 1976 he commanded the Royal Canadian Dragoons in Lahr, Germany. He then served as an instructor at the Canadian Forces Staff College, Toronto, Ontario.

Upon promotion to colonel in 1977 he became Director of Land Plans and Director of Armour at National Defence Headquarters. He attended the United States Army War College in 1980, and then took command of Canadian Forces Base Suffield, Alberta in 1981.

Promoted to brigadier-general in 1982 he served as Director General Land Doctrine and Operations. He commanded 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Lahr, Germany from 1984-1986 and served as Deputy Chief of Staff at NATO’s Headquarters Central Army Group, Heidelberg, Germany from 1986 to 1988.

On promotion to major-general in 1988 he was appointed Commander 1st Canadian Division with headquarters based in Kingston, Ontario and Lahr, Germany.

LGen Dangerfield was promoted to that rank in April 1991 and served in the appointment of Director, International Military Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. He retired from the Canadian Forces in April 1995.

Lieutenant-General Dangerfield was selected as Commander of The Order of Military Merit in 1990, and awarded the Meritorious Service Cross in 1994. The Government of France appointed him into L’Ordre National du Merite in 1989. The President of the United States selected him for the Legion of Merit in 1996.

After retirement, Lieutenant-General Dangerfield has lived in Kelowna, BC. Since March 2000 he has served on the British Columbia Dragoons Regimental Council Society. On 4 March 2006 he commenced his appointment as the Honourary Colonel for the British Columbia Dragoons. He also serves as a Director of the Okanagan Military Museum Society and of the Kelowna Museum Society.

(source: Okanagan Military Museum)