Lt Colonel M. E. Isbester, OBE, MC
SAC 1900-1902

Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm E. Isbester attended St. Andrew's College from 1900 to 1902.

During the First World War he served with the Royal Canadian Regiment. He continued to serve with the Permanent Militia and then in the Second World War.

Malcolm was the father of Colonel Ian D. Isbester (SAC 1950-1953) and Malcolm (SAC 1953-?).

Officer of the Order of the British Empire

"This officer served with distinction throughout the last war, being awarded the Military Cross, and has since served continuously in the Permanent Militia. He has shown exceptional devotion to duty and sustained good service over many years together with qualities of leadership and decisiveness in dealing with the many administrative duties with which he is concerned. This officer is possessed of wide experience through his long and varied service and has accomplished much in the training of officers in staff and regimental duties. His patience, tact and skill in dealing with administrative matters reflect a great deal of credit on himself and are of inestimable value to the Canadian Army."

Awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and CARO/5244 dated 5 January 1945.

Military Cross
"For marked gallantry and able leadership in action during the operations near Cambrai, commencing 28 September 1918. When the enemy delivered a heavy counterattack and almost surrounded his company, he dashed forward with a party of men at them, shooting five himself, while his party inflicted heavy casualties. Later, when the commander and adjutant had become casualties, he took command of the battalion and showed great ability to command."

Awarded as per the London Gazette 3 October 1919 #31583