WEFOUNDArchibald Constable and His Literary Correspondents, Vol. 2 of 3: A Memorial (Classic Reprint)


Winston Churchill threw down the Sunday Pictorial on the morning of August 11, 1940, with an angry scowl on his face. "We Have Wasted Brains!" blazed the headline to a slashingly critical article by Britain's top military analyst, Captain B. H. Liddell Hart. Dominating the page was a photograph of a hawk-faced officer in the black beret of the Royal Tank Corps, former Major-General Percy Hobart. He was Liddell Hart's classic example of Britain's "wasted brains."

The prime minister directed that Hobart should be taken back into the Army. The chief of the Imperial General Staff should give him at least one of the new armored divisions to command. Delay was to be avoided. A personal meeting was to be arranged promptly between Corporal Hobart and the prime minister.


Percy Hobart, right, in conversation with General William H. "Big Bill" Simpson, US Ninth Army Commander. Units of Hobart's specialized 79th Experimental Armoured Division served with distinction with Simpson's Ninth Army. The two men became personal friends. Simpson called Hobart "the most outstanding high British officer I met during the war."

Alan was born in 1843 in Glengarry County, Ontario and died in 1922 at Calgary, Alberta. He was married to Elizabeth Harrison, who was born in 1851 at Alexandria, Ontario and died in 1925 at Calgary. Alan came west with the C.P.R. in 1883 and later was in charge of the stores in Langdon and Shepard. In 1885 he established the Glengarry Ranch (44) with McKenzie, Mann and H.S. Holt being the principal shareholders. The ranch was sold in later years. He had a family of eight children.

Charles MacDonald in partnership with H. O. Boyd homesteaded the SE 1/4 of Sec.28-20-1-W5M in 1886. In 1908 and 1909 he drove a team of horses for the Banff Springs hotel as well as being a guide in the mountains. He retired to the west Coast in the early 1920's.

Donald MacDonald, the son of A.W. MacDonald, arrived in Alberta in 1886. After his marriage to Belle McLachlan they took over management of the Mount Royal Ranch from a Mr. Wells and later became owners of the ranch.They enjoyed company and participated in many sporting and rodeo events. On July 18th, 1944 Donald took his last ride when bringing in cattle from the lease when he suffered a heart attack and passed away. Helen took over the running of the ranch and later a grandson operated the ranch.

Winston Churchill threw down the Sunday Pictorial on the morning of August 11, 1940, with an angry scowl on his face. "We Have Wasted Brains!" blazed the headline to a slashingly critical article by Britain's top military analyst, Captain B. H. Liddell Hart. Dominating the page was a photograph of a hawk-faced officer in the black beret of the Royal Tank Corps, former Major-General Percy Hobart. He was Liddell Hart's classic example of Britain's "wasted brains."

The prime minister directed that Hobart should be taken back into the Army. The chief of the Imperial General Staff should give him at least one of the new armored divisions to command. Delay was to be avoided. A personal meeting was to be arranged promptly between Corporal Hobart and the prime minister.


Percy Hobart, right, in conversation with General William H. "Big Bill" Simpson, US Ninth Army Commander. Units of Hobart's specialized 79th Experimental Armoured Division served with distinction with Simpson's Ninth Army. The two men became personal friends. Simpson called Hobart "the most outstanding high British officer I met during the war."


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