Canadian Horses Needed

Dateline: War Office, Ottawa May 21, 1916

A “Special Despatch to the Globe” informed readers that more Canadian horses were required for military purposes.The British Remount Commission would undertake the task, from its headquarters in Montreal, under the superintendence of a Canadian Member of Parliament and veterinarian, David Warnock.

David WarnockThe report included the information that sixty thousand Canadian horses had been acquired since the beginning of the war, and ten times that number had been bought from the United States.


The Globe noted that the demand for another twenty thousand Canadian horses in 1916 “insures a steady market and continued good prices for horses suitable for artillery and transport work.”

David Warnock (1865-1932) was a Scot who emigrated to Alberta in 1889; he had qualified in veterinary medicine in Scotland and was a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS). After serving two years as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, he was elected as a Liberal to the House of Commons in 1911 and served for six years. The Globe called him Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Warnock; presumably he had Canadian militia experience.


The Globe (1844-1936). May 22, 1916. 3. Archive available from ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
David Warnock  PARLINFO (Important people and events that shaped Parliament since 1867), Parliament of Canada.
David Warnock. Wikipedia. Accessed May 8, 2016.
The image is from PARLINFO, which credits Who’s Who and Why. Vancouver : International Press, 1913.

Copyright 2016. See “More about this project.”

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