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Major Ralph G. French, CD
Lieutenant Colonel Ralph G. French, CD was born in Maryborough Township on the 14th of August 1936. He was educated in Fergus where he made his first contact with the military through the Cadet Corps.
Lieutenant Colonel French joined the 11th Field Artillery Regiment on 3 February 1953 as a Gunner in the 29th Battery. On completion of the recruit and basic gunnery courses he was promoted to Bombardier 16 November 1953. Completed the Senior Non Commissioned Officers course in the summer of 1954 and was promoted Sergeant 16 November 1954 and two years later was promoted to Officer Cadet. On completion of various Artillery related courses he was promoted to Second Lieutenant and to Lieutenant on 1 September 1952. In September 1962 he was promoted Captain and appointed Adjutant of the Regiment.
Lieutenant Colonel French attended the Senior Officers' Staff Course in 1964 and was promoted Major on 1 December 1965 and appointed Battery Commander of the 16th Battery on the same day. He had been a member of the 16th Battery since it was reformed in Fergus in 1960. On 1 September 1967 he was appointed Second-In-Command having attended the Militia Command and Staff College in Kingston in 1966. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and appointed the Commanding Officer 1 September 1968. He commanded the Regiment until 27 November 1971.
On 6 November 1972 Lieutenant Colonel French was appointed Senior Staff Officer, Logistics and Administration at Central Militia Area Headquarters at Canadian Forces Base -Toronto. He was Struck off Strength 1 June 1974 and transferred to the Supplementary List.
Lieutenant Colonel French was awarded the Canadian Forces decoration in 1965 and the first clasp in 1985 after he had been taken back on
strength of the 11th Field Artillery Regiment in 1984. He was appointed battery Commander 16th Battery. On 1 September 1986 he was appointed Second-in-Command of the Regiment.
His wife is Patricia Anne is a retired employee of Bell Canada. They have three children, Mark, Scott and Michelle. They also have three grand-daughters from their eldest son Mark and his wife Patti.
He is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Purchasing Management Association of Canada, the Canadian Association for Production and Inventory Control and the Canadian Institute of Management. He is also past president of the Guelph Branch of the Navy League of Canada.
His other interests include sailing, wood working and regimental traditions and history.