Pearkes, George R. (George Randolph), 1888-1984

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George Randolph Pearkes was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England and emigrated to Canada in 1906. In 1911, Pearkes joined the Royal North West Mounted Police and served on detachment duty in the Yukon until the outbreak of World War I. During the war, Pearkes received the Victoria Cross, the Military Cross and the Distinguished Service Order, being promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel. After the war he was appointed to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and stationed in Calgary. In 1925 Pearkes married Constance Blytha Copeman and they had two children. During the 1920s and early 1930s Pearkes served as staff officer in Winnipeg, Calgary and at the Royal Military College in Kingston. From 1936 to 1938 he attended the Imperial Defence College in London, England. In World War II, as Brigadier, Pearkes commanded the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade, and in 1942 was appointed general officer of Pacific command, overseeing defences on Canada's West Coast. He retired from the army in 1945 and went into federal politics, winning the Nanaimo riding for the Conservative Party. In 1957, Pearkes became Minister of Defence under Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. Pearkes resigned from federal politics in 1960 and was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, an office he held until 1968. This fonds was accessioned originally as part of the University of Victoria Social Sciences Research Project. Dr. Reginald Roy completed interviews with Pearkes in 1968 and these tapes later were transferred to the Canadian Military History Oral History Collection. After Pearkes' death in 1985 his family gave Special Collections numerous other accessions of photographs and other memorabilia.

From the description of George Randolph Pearkes fonds. [ca1890-1986]. (University of Victoria Libraries). WorldCat record id: 651604388

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associatedWith Canada. Canadian Army. Canadian Division, 6th. corporateBody
associatedWith Canada. Canadian Army. Canadian Division, 8th. corporateBody
associatedWith Canada. Canadian Army. Canadian Expeditionary Force. corporateBody
associatedWith Canada. Canadian Army. Canadian Expeditionary Force. Battalion, 116th. corporateBody
associatedWith Canada. Canadian Army. Canadian Expeditionary Force. Canadian Mounted Rifles, 2nd. corporateBody
associatedWith Canada. Canadian Army. Canadian Expeditionary Force. Canadian Mounted Rifles, 5th. corporateBody
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associatedWith Canada. Canadian Army. Canadian Infantry Brigade, 2nd. corporateBody
associatedWith Canada. Canadian Army. Canadian Infantry Division, 1st. corporateBody
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associatedWith Farris, John Wallace de Beque, 1878-1970. person
associatedWith McNaughton, A. G. L. (Andrew George Latta), 1887-1966. person
associatedWith North American Air Defense Command. corporateBody
associatedWith North Atlantic Treaty Organization. corporateBody
associatedWith Pearkes, Constance Blytha. person
associatedWith Pearkes, Hilda. person
associatedWith Pearkes, John A., 1931- person
associatedWith Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. corporateBody
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associatedWith Royal North West Mounted Police (Canada) corporateBody
associatedWith Trench, Regina. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Aleutian Islands (Alaska)
British Columbia
Great Britain
Canada
Subject
Starfighter (Fighter plane)
World War, 1939-1945
defence
Arras, Battle of, Arras, France, 1918 (August--September)
Somme, 2nd Battle of the, France, 1918
Armed forces--Reserves
Mutiny
French--Canadians
Civil defense
Mount Sorrel, Battle of, Belgium, 1916
Military dependents
Canuck (Jet fighter plane)
Lieutenant governors
Victoria Cross
Nuclear weapons
Military decorations
Grenades
Peacekeeping forces
Avro Arrow (Jet fighter plane)
Espionage
Ypres, 1st Battle of, Ieper, Belgium, 1914
Somme, 1st Battle of the, France, 1916
Ypres, 3rd Battle of, Ieper, Belgium, 1917
Chinese Canadians
Bomarc (Missile)
Lieutenant governors--Social and state events
Vimy Ridge, Battle of, France, 1917
World War, 1914-1918
Military readiness
Armed forces--Mobilization
Draft
Korean War, 1950-1953
Military planning
Ypres, 2nd Battle of, Ieper, Belgium, 1915
Intrenchments
Occupation
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Birth 1888-02-28

Death 1984-05-30

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