Sir Arthur Currie

Currie Kept the Canadians Together as a Unified Fighting Force in WWI

Sir Arthur Currie (L) With Sir Douglas Haig in 1918
Sir Arthur Currie (L) and Sir Douglas Haig. Canada. Dept. of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada

Sir Arthur Currie was the first Canadian-appointed commander of the Canadian Corps in World War I. Arthur Currie participated in all major actions of the Canadian forces in World War I, including the planning and execution of the assault on Vimy Ridge. Arthur Currie is best known for his leadership during the last 100 Days of World War I and as a successful advocate of keeping Canadians together as a unified fighting force.

Birth

December 5, 1875, in Napperton, Ontario

Death

November 30, 1933, in Montreal, Quebec

Professions

Teacher, real estate salesman, soldier and university administrator

Career of Sir Arthur Currie

Arthur Currie served in the Canadian Militia before World War I.

He was sent to Europe at the outbreak of World War I in 1914.

Arthur Currie was appointed the commander of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade in 1914.

He became commander of the 1st Canadian Division in 1915.

In 1917 he was made commander of the Canadian Corps and later that year was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general.

After the war, Sir Arthur Currie served as Inspector General of the Militia forces from 1919 to 1920.

Currie was principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University from 1920 to 1933.

Honors Received by Sir Arthur Currie

  • Commander of the Bath
  • Legion of Honour
  • Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George
  • Croix de Guerre
  • U.S. Distinguished Service Medal