Colonel V. J. Hastings, MC, MiD
A native of Winnipeg, Lieutenant Colonel Victor John Hastings was born 2 July 1887 and was educated at St. Andrew’s College for one year 1906 to 1907.
Employed as a barrister when the war began, he enlisted 23 September 1914 as an officer in the 16th Battalion and went overseas with the 1st Contingent later that year. He made it to France in early 1915 and was promoted to Captain as a result of his leadership during the battle of Langemarck, where he was gassed. Promoted to Major in 1916, he was appointed commander of ‘A’ Company. On 5 August he suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was hospitalized relatively briefly – just over one month - before returning to the front.
In what he must have regarded as a Christmas present, he was appointed Secretary of the Overseas Headquarters, Military Forces Canada on 20 December. He served in staff positions for the remainder of the war and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in August 1917 while serving on General Sir Richard Turner’s staff. He returned to Canada two years later and was discharged 27 August 1919. He was awarded the Military Cross and mentioned twice in despatches.
He returned to civilian life in Winnipeg as a Barrister and died there 11 January 1932 at the relatively young age of 44.