Arthur G. Chubb, DSO,
Born at Rossland,
British Columbia on July 16, 1913,
Brigadier Arthur Gerald Chubb was educated at St. Andrew’s College from 1926
to 1931 and later
the Royal Military College at Kingston.
Commissioned in the Lord
Strathcona’s Horse in 1936 he went overseas with this regiment in November
1941. During the Second World War he held several regimental and staff
appointments, including Brigade Major of the 4th Armoured Brigade
and, at the conclusion of hostilities, was in command of the 28th
Armoured Regiment (British Columbia Regiment). He also attended the Army Staff
College at Camberley.
Following the war, Brigadier Chubb served
as Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General, 3rd Canadian
Infantry Division, Canadian Army Occupation Force, until his return to Canada
in December 1945. After a tour of duty as General Staff Officer, Grade One, at
the Canadian Army Staff College, Kingston, he was appointed Commanding Officer
of Lord Strathcona’s Horse from June 194
to May 1951.
to Colonel in May 1951, he was appointed Director, Royal Canadian Armoured
Corps. In 1955 he became Military Attaché to Turkey, but relinquished his
post to attend the National Defence College. In August 1958 Brigadier Chubb
was appointed Chief of Staff at Central Command HQ in Oakville, Ontario. His
final promotion, to Brigadier, came in August 1962 along with a move to
London, England as General Officer Commanding,
Canadian Army Liaison Establishment. Four years later he became Senior
Military Advisor of the Canadian Delegation to the International Truce
Commission in Vietnam from September 1966 to September 1967. He self published
his memoirs of this experience eloquently titled
Folly — There be Dragons Here. (Saigon: Unknown,
1967). Additional references to his year in Vietnam can be found in
THE ROAD TO
HELL: CANADA IN VIETNAM, 1954-1973 by Major Shane B. Schreiber.
He retired the following year and died in Kingston
July 2, 1992.
College and the Cadet Corps influenced my choice of career, especially
(Master) Ernie Fleming, bless his heart, who coached me in geometry as
I needed it to get into the Royal Military College. God knows why, but
he came to my house twice a week and was paid three dollars per session
and earned every penny of it as geometry was beyond my comprehension!"
Chubb held the appointment of Brigade Major 4 Canadian Armoured Brigade
throughout the whole campaign through France and Belgium to the Leopold
Canal. In the bloody holocaust culminating in the closing of the Falaise
Gap he was a tower of strength in a fresh formation undergoing introduction
into battle. Due in part to his skill and foresight the brigade emerged
a mature fighting machine which harassed the enemy all across Europe. In
the latter part of September 1944 Lieutenant Colonel Chubb was appointed
second in command of 28 Canadian Armoured Regiment, reorganizing the administration
of the unit and inspiring confidence in all with whom he came in contact.
On 25 October 1944 he assumed command and fought the regiment through every
engagement from that day to the cessation of hostilities.
During the winter months
in the operations across the Maas River Lieutenant Colonel Chubb perfected
the technique of indirect shooting within the unit. His skilful application
of fire inflicted extremely high casualties among the enemy north of the
Maas. At gun positions both day and night, inspiring and encouraging all
under his command, his spirited leadership was evidenced in the high morale
displayed by all ranks. During the entire campaign in the Rhineland, Lieutenant
Colonel Chubb commanded "Jerry Force", consisting of two squadrons of 28
Canadian Armoured Regiment and two companies of the Lincoln and Welland
Regiment transported in armoured troop carriers. Making personal reconnaissances
on foot up to and beyond the most forward defended positions, he determined
in detail the exact course the tanks would have to run. Through his tactical
skill in handling the force, every objective was captured. At Todtenhudel
and Veen staggering losses were inflicted on the enemy, both in personnel
and equipment. In the trying engagements north of the Kusten Canal the
inspired leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Chubb ensured the final success
of the operation.
On 23 April 1945 at Edewecht
on the Friesoythe-Bad Zwischenahn road particularly heavy enemy opposition
was encountered. The leading elements were the tanks from "B" Squadron
28 Canadian Armoured Regiment with under command "B" Company, Algonquin
Regiment. Ground conditions made it impossible to employ the tanks from
the road and the two lead tanks were knocked out, one by a mine, the other
from close range anti-tank fire. In the face of heavy shelling and small
arms fire, Lieutenant-Colonel Chubb moved forward up the road in his scout
car and, despite close range sniping from surrounding houses, jumped down
from his scout car and personally directed the removal of the knocked out
tanks from the road, thus clearing the centre line and permitting the other
tanks to move forward.
Throughout the activities
in this theatre he has always displayed qualities of gallantry and leadership
in the highest traditions of the service. His coolness under fire, disregard
at all times for his personal safety and will to succeed against terrific
odds have inspired all under his command over any obstacle threatening
to defeat them."
per Canada Gazette dated 10 November 1945 and CARO/6193 dated 12 November
Awarded as per Canada
Gazette dated 6 October 1945 and CARO/of that date.