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Memorable Manitobans: John Hamilton Roberts (1892-1962)


Born in Pipestone, Manitoba, he was educated at Epsom College in England, Upper Canada College, and the Royal Military College. He served in the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in World War One and remained in the peacetime army until he went overseas with the First Canadian Division Artillery in 1940. As a major-general he commanded the Canadian force in the Dieppe raid in 1942, winning the Distinguished Service Order and the Military Cross, as well as the French Croix de Guerre. He always defended the Dieppe raid, although many thought he had been made a scapegoat for its failure. He retired in 1945 and served as chief administrative officer of the northwest European district of the Imperial War Graves Commission from 1945 to 1950. He died in Jersey in the Channel Islands.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 23 April 2008

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