Lt Colonel G. T. Cassels, MBE, MC
SAC 1903-1912
Board of Governors 1926-1961

Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Thomson Cassels was born October 5, 1894, son of W. Gibson Cassels of Toronto and attended St. Andrew's College from 1903 to 1912.

He then attended Royal Military College for two years and seven months before joining the 22nd Battery, Canadian Field Artillery of the Canadian Expeditionary Force on January 15th, 1915.

He served as a Captain in the First World War  for which he was awarded the Military Cross (see below).

Gord served for 35 years as a member of St. Andrew's College's Board of Governors from 1926 to 1961 and was Vice Chairman in 1951.

During the Second World War he served as a Major after being mobilized in October 1940. He was created a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1943 (see below.)


Member, Order of the British Empire

"Major Cassels was born at Toronto, Ontario on 5 October 1894, being educated at St. Andrew's College and Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario.  He served with distinction during the war 1914-1918, being awarded the Military Cross in the field for bravery.  He was mobilized in October 1940 and proceeded overseas as Second in Command 14th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, being appointed Deputy Adjutant General and Quartermaster-General "C" Group in March 1942. He is an officer with ability and tact, very much above the average. Through his energy, tactfulness and soldiering qualities he has been an example to all he has come in contact with.  He has done a great deal towards the building up of the Canadian Artillery, both in his regiment and the reinforcement units. I consider him a most outstanding officer." 
Awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and CARO/3494 dated 2 June 1943
Military Cross
Military Cross
“For conspicuous gallantry and good work during operations. He carried out reconnaissances very ably and distinguished himself as FOO. One night he brought a section into action under very difficult conditions. (Mis-cited as a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order.)”
London Gazette October 20, 1916; Canada Gazette November 18 , 1916, P1637