Henry Edward Burstall
Sir Henry Edward Burstall, (26 August 1870 – 8 February 1945) was a Canadian
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Born at Domaine Cataraqui, Quebec City
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, Quebec
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, the son of the wealthy merchant John B. Burstall (1832–1896) and Fanny Bell Forsyth, daughter of Joseph Bell Forsyth (1802–1869), the first Chancellor of Bishop's University
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 and the builder of Domaine Cataraqui, in 1831. Burstall was educated at Bishop's College
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 and the Royal Military College of Canada
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 in Kingston, Ontario
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Military service

He was commissioned in the Royal Canadian Artillery in 1889 and served in South Africa
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 with 1st Canadian Contingent during the Boer War
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. From 1901 to 1902, he served with the South African Constabulary in the Transvaal. He was promoted to lieutenant-colonel in 1908 and commanded the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
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 in 1911.

During World War I
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, he was a brevet colonel and Brigadier-General in command of Artillery, 1st Canadian Division
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 from 1914 to 1915. He was promoted to Major-General and was General Officer Commanding
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 (GOC) of the Royal Canadian Artillery from 1915 to 1916. From 1916 to 1918, he was GOC 2nd Canadian Division
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. After the war, he was Quartermaster-General at Department of National Defence from 1919 to 1920. From 1920 to 1925. he was the Inspector-General. He retired in 1925 settling in England. He died in 1945 in Headbourne Worthy
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, Hampshire
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, England
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He was created a Companion of the Order of the Bath
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 in 1915, a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
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 in 1917, Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1918, and Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1919. The town of Burstall, Saskatchewan
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, incorporated as a village in 1921, is named in his honour.
Mount Burstall (2760m), which part of the Spray Range, Kananaskis Park, Alberta
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 was named in 1918 in his honour. Latitude 50; 46; 20 Longitude 115; 19; 30.


  • 4237 Dr. Adrian Preston & Peter Dennis (Edited) "Swords and Covenants" Rowman And Littlefield, London. Croom Helm. 1976.
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "To Serve Canada: A History of the Royal Military College of Canada" 1997 Toronto, University of Toronto Press
    University of Toronto Press
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    , 1969.
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "Canada's RMC - A History of Royal Military College" Second Edition 1982
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Preston "R.M.C. and Kingston: The effect of imperial and military influences on a Canadian community" 1968
  • H1877 R. Guy C. Smith (editor) "As You Were! Ex-Cadets Remember". In 2 Volumes. Volume I: 1876-1918. Volume II: 1919-1984. Royal Military College. [Kingston]. The R.M.C. Club of Canada. 1984
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