H. F. H. Hertzberg, CB, CMG, DSO, MC
Major General Halfdan Fenton Harboe Hertzberg was born September 3, 1884, son of Anton Lund Hertzberg and Helen Eliza Hertzberg, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and brother of Major General Charles S. L. Hertzberg, CB, MC of the Canadian Engineers and Lieutenant Olaf P. Hertzberg, MC of the C.R.T. He attended St. Andrew's College from 1900 to 1904 and later became a civil engineer.
On September 24, 1914 he enlisted at Valcartier, Quebec in the Canadian Expeditionary Force after having served for several years in the Non-Permanent Active Militia. He ended the war as a Lieutenant Colonel but continued his service in the military between the wars.
He was recognized for his service in the First World War with appointment as a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George, and the Distinguished Service Order and Military Cross.
From November 21, 1938 to April 8, 1940 he was Quartermaster-General and from April 9, 1940 to July 5, 1940 he was appointed Acting Adjutant-General. He was then appointed Commandant of the Royal Military College at Kingston where he served until proceeding on leave pending retirement. At the conclusion of the Second World War he was further recognized for his services with his becoming an Companion of the Order of the Bath, the citation for which includes other details of his military service.
His wife Dorothy served as the Ontario Provincial Commissioner of the Girl Guides from 1940-1946.
His son, Captain Peter Harbo Anderdon Hertzberg, served during the Second World War with the Royal Canadian Regiment and was killed in action in Italy on December 5, 1944.
"This officer's military career commenced in 1905 when he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Non-Permanent Active Militia and he has served continuously ever since. He served with distinction throughout the war of 1914-1919 with the Royal Canadian Engineers being gazetted as a Lieutenant in the Permanent Active Militia in 1915. He received rapid advancement and was created a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George, a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order, was awarded the Military Cross and Mentioned in Despatches on four occasions. He graduated from the Staff College in Camberley, England, in 1922 and has subsequently held numerous important staff appointments in Canada including terms as District Officer Commanding Military Districts Numbers Six and Three. At the outbreak of the present war he was Quartermaster-General and later was appointed Acting Adjutant-General. In 1940 he was appointed Commandant of the Royal Military College at Kingston where he served until proceeding on leave pending retirement. Throughout a long and distinguished military career he has rendered service of inestimable value to the Canadian Army in peace and war and is deserving of the highest recognition."
New Year's Award 1918, no citation.
Awarded on the occasion of His Majesty's Birthday, no citation.
Mentioned four times (First World War)