HRH Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood

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Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood
25 April 1897 – 28 March 1965
Mary, Princess Royal in uniform WW2.jpg

Her Royal Highness Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood (Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary; 25 April 1897 – 28 March 1965) was a member of the British Royal Family; she was the third child and only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary.

For details on her life, please see Wikipedia.

Colonel-in-Chief

At the suggestion of Brigadier Genet during the Second World War, HRH Mary, The Princess Royal, was petitioned to be the first Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. She accepted with effect from 29 May 1940 and held the appointment until her death in 1965.

Official Events

Prior to becoming the Colonel-in-Chief, she participated in the following Signals related event.

1940      Inspected Details from 1 Canadian Corps Signals and 1 Canadian Infantry Divisional Signals (3 Apr - Mons Barracks, Camp Aldershot, England)[1] [News video of inspection]

During her appointment as the Colonel-in-Chief, she participated in the following Signals related events.

1940      Inspected 2 Canadian Infantry Division Signals (26 Nov - Mons Barracks, Camp Aldershot, England)[2]
1941 Waited upon by Brigadier Genet, CSO 1 Canadian Corps and Lt-Col Laurie, CO 1 Canadian Corps Signals to present her with a broach in the form of a Canadian Signal Corps badge and an album of Vimy Barracks photos. (1 April - Eaton Square, London)[3]
  Guest of Honour at the R.C. Signals Sports Day (18 May - Ashtead, England)[4]
  Inspected 3 Canadian Infantry Division Signals (23 Sep - Mons Barracks, Camp Aldershot, England)[5]
  Inspected 1 Canadian Signals Reinforcement Unit and 1 Canadian Anti Aircraft Brigade Signals (28 Nov - Cove Hants, England)[6][7]
1942 Inspected 1 Canadian Signals Reinforcement Unit (22 Apr - Headley Court, Letherhead, Surrey, England)[8]
  Guest of Honour at the R.C. Signals Sports Day (12 Jul - Handcross, Surrey, England)[9]
  Inspected 3 Canadian Infantry Division Signals (23 Sep - Mons Barracks, Camp Aldershot, England)[10]
  Inspected First Canadian Army Signals (2 Dec - Forty Foot Recreational Grounds, Leatherhead, Surrey)[11]
1943 Inspected 4 Canadian Armoured Division Signals (9 July - "Laylands" Burwash Common, England)[12]
1944 Inspected 1 Canadian Signals Reinforcement Unit (1 Feb - Cove Hants, England)[13]
  Inspected 2 Canadian Corps Signals (24 May - Eastling Wood, England)[14]
1955 Princess Royal Visit to Canada
1960 Inspected 4 Canadian Infantry Brigade Signal Squadron[15] (Fort Henry, Soest, West Germany)
1962 Princess Royal Visit to Kingston (19-20 June)

Princess Mary Lake

In March 1958 a picturesque lake some 200 miles southwest of Chesterfield Inlet on Hudson Bay was named "Princess Mary Lake" in honour of HRH The Princess Royal and her first visit to the Corps in Canada in 1955. Princess Mary Lake is located at 63°58′34″N 97°34′30″W / 63.97611, -97.575 in Nunavut.

Related Pages

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References

  1. 1 Canadian Corps Signals (Details) War Diary, Apr 1940.
  2. 2 Canadian Infantry Division Signals War Diary, Nov 1940.
  3. 1 Canadian Corps Signals War Diary, April 1941.
  4. 1 Canadian Corps Signals War Diary, May 1941.
  5. 3 Canadian Infantry Division Signals War Diary, Sep 1941.
  6. 1 Canadian Signals Reinforcement Unit War Diary, Nov 1941.
  7. 1 Canadian Anti Aircraft Brigade Signals War Diary, Nov 1941.
  8. 5 Canadian Armoured Divisional Signals Unit War Diary, Apr 1942.
  9. 1 Canadian Infantry Divisional Signals War Diary, Jul 1942.
  10. 3 Canadian Infantry Division Signals War Diary, Sep 1941.
  11. First Canadian Army Signals War Diary, Dec 1942.
  12. 4 Canadian Armoured Division Signals War Diary, July 1943.
  13. 1 Canadian Railway Telegraph Company Unit War Diary, Feb 1944.
  14. 2 Canadian Corps Signals War Diary, May 1944.
  15. Semaphore to Satellite