Herbert Herridge, MP. Born in England in 1895, Herbert Herridge and his family emigrated to Canada in 1906 and settled in Nakusp, British Columbia. From 1909 to 1914, he attended the Ontario Agricultural College and in 1915 enlisted in the 54th (Kootenay) Battalion. Severely wounded at the Battle of the Somme, he returned to Canada in 1918 when he took over his parents' property for the purpose of farming and helped organize the Great War Veterans' Association. Vice-President of the British Columbia Liberal Association in 1932 and Acting President in 1933, Herridge joined the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation in 1934. Elected in 1941 as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Rossland-Trail, he resigned his seat in 1945 in order to run in the federal general elections. As this action was taken in violation of a directive of the British Columbia Council of the C.C.F., he was expelled from the Party and became a candidate for the People's C.C.F. Elected as a Member of Parliament for Kootenay West, he was re-admitted to the C.C.F. in 1948 and was re-elected M.P. in the general elections of 1949, 1953, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963 and 1965. He served briefly as Parliamentary Leader of the New Democratic Party in 1962. As a M.P., Herridge served on the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs, 1945-1968, and was also on the Standing Committee on External Affairs and on the Standing Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development. Both inside and outside of Parliament, he was a determined opponent of the Columbia River Treaty. Among his numerous extra-Parliamentary affiliations, he was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion, an honourary life member of the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers and served on the executive of the Canadian Tree Farmers' Association.
Howard Green was a Captain in the unit and went on to become a senior minister of the federal government filling the portfolio of Minister of External Affairs. Howard Charles Green was born at Kaslo, British Columbia and educated at the University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall, and the University of British Columbia. He read law with Mowat, Maclennan, Hunter and Parkinson in Toronto and with Ladner and Cantelon in Vancouver before being called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1922. Subsequently, he practiced law with Collins, Green, Eades and Collins in Vancouver. During World War I, Green saw service with the 54th Kootenay Battalion, C.E.F. and served as an Instructor with the Canadian Corps School and with the 6th Canadian Infantry Brigade. Following the Armistice, Green was attached to the Canadian section, G.H.Q. Howard Green was first elected to the House of Commons for the constituency of Vancouver South in 1935 and served that riding until 1949. In 1949, he ran successfully in Vancouver-Quadra and he held that seat until his defeat in the 1963 general election. He served as Minister of Public Works, 1951-1959, and Acting Minister of Defence Production, 1957-1958. In 1959, Green was appointed Secretary of State for External Affairs and he remained in that portfolio until the Government, and he personally, was defeated in 1963.
Hal Rogers served as a soldier in the unit and went on to found the Kinsmen - the internationally known service club.
Lt Harry Letson (MC) taught engineering in Vancouver and returned to uniform in 1940 rising to the rank of Major General. He was the first military advisor in our High Commission in Washington, and filled senior positions in the Headquarters in Ottawa.
LCol Fred Lister of Creston served in the postwar Kootenay Regiment for over 20 years. He commanded the 102nd North British Columbians alongside Lcol Alfred Carey who took over from Lcol Kemball.
LCol William Mahlon Davis - mentioned early in the story of the 54th as the first Commanding Officer took a Pioneer Battalion to France and died Oct 8, 1918 in Ottawa.
Biography and Obituary of Lieutenant Colonel Davis
Contributed by Barb Ethier
Turner Lee, a Gentleman by birth, a Lawyer by trade, and a Fruit Rancher and
Soldier by choice.
Major Lee was born on December 06, 1861, in the City of Nottingham, Notts., UK, into an upper class family. The privileges of wealth afforded him many opportunities, however being a Fruit Rancher and Soldier were the ones he sought.
As Captain of the Volunteer Battalion of the City of Nottingham, the Robin Hood Rifles (Sherwood Foresters), he saw action in the South African War of 1899 - 1902. He was awarded the Queen's Medal and Clasp.
In the Spring of 1911 Major Lee emigrated to Bonnington Falls (Nelson) to start life as a Fruit Rancher. His wife, Edith and their four children followed in the Fall.
Major Lee enlisted in the 54th Kootenay Battalion on June 17, 1915 and soon thereafter commanded "D" Company. Major Lee survived the War, passing away on January 09, 1950 in Vancouver. His descendants reside in Nelson and other parts of the province.
In 1986 a visit to the French Army Museum in Paris, France by Capt Floyd Low of 44 Fd Engr Sqn in Trail, BC, revealed a WW1 Canadian Infantry Soldier on display minus distinguishing regimental badges. With Maj Greg Fowler (CO 44) and Colonel, now Lt. General Maurice Baril, CDS, Canadian Armed Forces, they proposed and the French Army accepted the hat badge and collar pins worn by Sgt Bert Herridge, on our soldier in Paris. This web site began from that visit.
Robert J. Robertson
Awarded Status of Freeman of the City of Burnaby, B.C.: January 25, 1971 (Presentation Made March 12, 1971)
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Bob came to Canada as a young boy and upon the declaration of World War One, he enlisted with the 54th Battalion in 1915. He was wounded in action and eventually came to settle in Burnaby when he was discharged from active duty. From that point forward, Bob devoted himself to serving the needs of his community. Photo and text used with the kind permission of the City of Burnaby
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