Major General George Randolph Pearkes, VC, DSO and MC April 24th, 1967
Born in England in 1888, G.R. Pearkes emigrated to Canada and joined the Royal Northwest Mounted Police at 25. He fought valiantly in the First World War as a member of the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion. He continued a distinguished career in the army and retired as a Major-General. After his retirement he took and active interest in Canadian politics and served as Minister of National Defence from 1957 to 1959.
In 1960 he was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of B.C., two years later he was appointed Honorary Colonel of his old regiment, the British Columbia Dragoons. He was appointed Honorary Commanding Officer in 1970.