Ganong, Major-General Hardy Nelson

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Ganong, Major-General Hardy Nelson

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Major-General H. N. Ganong was born on 18 April 1890 in St. Stephen, N.B., the son of Edward Morrison Ganong and Margaret Lunn Ganong. His family had the Ganong Brothers chocolate making business which he joined and in 1909 he also joined the Militia. He served in WW I,
enlisting in the 104th CEF Battalion and later joined the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles.

After the war he returned to St. Stephen, married Mildred Viola Thomas and had three children, Russell Edward, Constance Margaret and
William Atherton. He remained with the militia and with the outbreak of WW II was a Lt. Colonel and commanding officer of the Carleton & York Regiment that he led overseas. In March 1941 he took command of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade and in late 1942 was promoted to Major General. Early in 1943 he came back to Canada to organize and command the 8th Canadian Infantry Division, headquartered in Prince George, BC. Later in 1943 he was placed in command of the 6th Canadian Infantry Division, headquartered on Vancouver Island where he was in charge of the preparation for the invasion of Japan. In December 1944 the invasion of Japan was cancelled and he was reassigned to command the Allied troops in Newfoundland where he remained until he retired in1945. Out of army, he served as honorary aide-de-camp to three Governor General’s, Athlone, Massey & Vanier. From 1955 to1962 he was the civil defence coordinator for the training of civil defence
forces in NB. He was an avid curler, serving as president of the St Stephen Curling Club, the Royal Caladonia Club, and the NB Curling Association. He played on the St Stephen Club rink that won the provincial title. In 1930. Hardy and his wife died in an auto accident returning to St Stephen from Saint John on 24 Feb 1963.


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Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Russell Ganong in 1989.


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