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Brig Gen. John Stronach Adam, OBE, ED

 

 

Brig.-Gen. John Stronach Adam, O.B.E., E.D.

Born on June 13, 1908 in Victoria, B.C. As a youth he had a keen interest in the local fire hall and assisted in cleaning equipment after a fire. Member of the Boys Naval Brigade which offered him valuable training. At Victoria High School he was bugle sergeant in the cadet corps. Graduated in 1926 and obtained a teaching certificate from the Provincial Normal School in 1927/28. Returns to a description of the military camp at the Willows Fairgrounds during World War I. After World War II he became involved in saving Fort Rodd Hill as a national park. 

Joined the Canadian Scottish Regiment in 1927. In 1928 attended summer camp, the only period for which they were allowed to retain their pay; at all other times it was paid into regimental funds. Formation of the 2nd Battalion with the purpose of incorporating all prospective militiamen throughout Vancouver Island. Joined the 2nd Battalion as a captain and second-in command of "D" Company which was situated in the outlying areas of Victoria. Platoons were formed from Saltspring Island to Sooke. As an officer serving during the Depression he found himself assisting the troops to find jobs, even to purchase their own boots for parade nights. In 1936 he left the militia, but on Sept. 5, 1939 he was recalled to duty. He became adjutant of the recruit training depot at Work Point Barracks, remaining until June 1940. Appointed to 6th Brigade Headquarters at Camp Shilo and left for overseas in Aug. 1940 as part of the brigade advance party. 

Selected for the War Staff College at Kingston, Ont. Promoted to major while in Kingston. Returned to England to the Canadian reinforcement unit commanded by Brig. A. Hamilton Gault (of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry fame). Appointed deputy adjutant and quartermaster general at 1st Canadian Infantry Division under Maj.-Gen. Pearkes where he was to ensure that the supply services functioned properly. 

Posted to a staff position in both the 1st Division and the 3rd Division, then to 1st Canadian Corps as deputy assistant adjutant general, then to Italy.  In Italy he served as assistant adjutant and quartermaster general (Lieutenant-Colonel) for Maj.-Gen. Chris Vokes of 1st Canadian Division Posted to London for a short time, then to northwest Europe. Promoted to colonel and appointed assistant military government officer at 1st Canadian Corps. This entailed providing liaison between the army and civilian governments. Involved with the supply of food to the Dutch people. Impressions of the Dutch. Further account of the Italian campaign. Returned to Canada to a position with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Vancouver (Oct. 1945). 

In 1953 moved to Victoria. Offered command of 25th Militia Group in 1955. Became heavily involved in civil defence. 

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