Mont Saint André, April 20, 1919

Easter Sunday         Had a church parade today no doubt it will be the last as a unit This evening went for a long walk Am well

“Voluntary church parade at Huppaye conducted by Lt. Col. McGreer A.D.C.S followed by Holy Communion. There was a good attendance. In the afternoon the Chaplain conducted service at Bomal.” (1)

Percy doesn’t say which service he attended, but I suspect it was the second one: Bomal being closer and one of the locations where the 55th Battery is billeted, and so more likely to be an occasion for the unit to be together. The Chaplain for that service is probably the

Arthur Huffman McGreer

Lt. Col. the Rev. A.H. McGreer

familiar Captain Moorhead, rather than the distinguished visiting chaplain of the morning service.  Arthur Huffman McGreer is 36, and has been A.D.C.S. (Assistant Director of Chaplain Services) since 1917, after serving as chaplain to the Third Field Ambulance on the Somme, and being mentioned in despatches and winning the Military Cross. On his return to Canada in 1922, after further theological studies at Queen’s College, Oxford, he will become the first Canadian-born principal of Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Québec. He will serve as principal for a quarter century, before dying a mysterious death in an icy river at the age of 64. (2)Arthur Huffman McGreer Bishops

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(1) War Diary of the 13th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. Vol. 27: 7. April 20, 1919. Library and Archives of Canada.
(2) Readily accessible information about Dr. McGreer (and the photograph of him in uniform) can be found in an E-History page of the Lennox and Addington County Museum. His birthplace, Napanee, Ontario, is the county town. The entry is drawn from Christopher Nicholl’s Bishop’s University: 1843-1970. (1994). Chapter 6 is entitled “The Reign of Principal McGreer.” The second photograph comes from the Bishop’s Yearbook of 1948, which also includes an obituary.

 

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