Clark, Samuel Findlay

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Samuel Findlay Clark
17 March 1909 – 1998
Samuel Findlay Clark Portrait.jpg
Place of birth Winnipeg Manitoba
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Years of service 1933 – 1961
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Chief of the General Staff
Awards CBE
Canadian Forces Decoration
Lieutenant-General Samuel Findlay Clark, (1909 – 1998) Order of the British CBE, CD was a Canadian soldier and Chief of the General Staff, the head of the Canadian Army, from 1958 until 1961.[1]


Clark received his early education in Winnipeg[2] and attended the University of Manitoba, graduating with a degree in electrical engineering (BSc EE) in 1932.[3] He subsequently attended the University of Saskatchewan to obtain a degree in mechanical engineering (BSc ME) in 1933.[3]


He enrolled in the Canadian Army in 1933, joining the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals as a Lieutenant.[3]

In 1938, he was promoted to Captain and posted to the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) as an associate professor of electrical and mechanical engineering.[3] At the time, Harry Crerar was the RMC Commandant and Guy Simonds was the commander of a cadet company.[3] He was appointed Adjutant of the I Canadian Corps Signals.[3]

He served in the Second World War, initially as Commanding Officer of 5th Canadian Armoured Divisional Signals Regiment, and from 1942 as a General Staff Officer at Canadian Military Headquarters in London.[3] In 1943 he was made Chief Signals Officer at the Headquarters of II Canadian Corps and served in North West Europe.[3]

In 1945 he became Deputy Chief of the General Staff in Ottawa before becoming a member of the Military Committee of the Western European Union and then of NATO.[3] He became Quartermaster-General of the Canadian Army in 1951 and General Officer Commanding Central Command at Oakville, Ontario, in 1955.[3] He was appointed Chief of the General Staff in 1958.[3]

He retired in 1961.


From 1 October 1968 until 24 March 1973, Clark served as Colonel Commandant of the new Communications and Electronics Branch.[4] He died in 1998.[5]

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  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Robert Engen, "Army Biography," Canadian Army Journal, Volume 11, No.2, Summer 2008 (pp. 93-95).
  4. 90 Years and Counting (Chapter 6)
  5. From a speech given by Dr. R.H. Roy about the Lieutenant-General S. F. Clark, CBE CD Scholarship University of Victoria