The Canadian Expeditionary Force Novels

Forging the Weapon cover 1914
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Frank Rockland

Characters > Historical

Lieutenant-General Sir Edwin Alfred Hervey Alderson, KCB

Photo of Lieutenant-General Sir Edwin Alfred Hervey Alderson, KCB

In my novel I have several scenes where I portray Lieutenant-General Alderson, the first commander of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during WW1.

He had a tough task on his hands. He did had some experience with Canadians since he commanded the Canadian Dragoons, and the 2nd Battalion Canadian Mounted Rifles during the Boer War. In the South African conflict he had developed a reputation for innovative mounted infantry tactics.

It didn't take long for him to realize that the contingent was not ready. In the first few weeks of October 1914 he needed to:

Military Service

Lieutenant-General Alderson was born into a military family. He started his military career at age 17 with the Norfolk Artillery Militia. He became a:

Up to 1914 Lieutenant-General Alderson had participated in the following battles and wars:

Sources and further reading


Biography – ALDERSON, Sir EDWIN ALFRED HERVEY – Volume XV (1921-1930) – Dictionary of Canadian Biography

Edwin Alderson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia