Stacey, Charles Perry

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Charles Perry Stacey
30 July 1906 – 17 November 1989
Stacey Portrait Photo.jpg
Place of birth Toronto Ontario
Place of death Toronto Ontario
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Years of service 1924 - 1959
Rank Colonel
Awards OC, OBE, CD, FRSC

Colonel Charles Perry Stacey, OC, OBE, CD, FRSC (30 July 1906 - 17 November 1989) was a Canadian soldier and Military Historian. He was the official historian of the Canadian Army in the Second World War.

Early Life

Colonel Stacey was educated at the University of Toronto, where he received a B.A. in History in 1924, and at the Corpus Christi College of Oxford University, where he took a second Bachelor's degree in history in 1929. Graduate studies at Princeton University led to a doctorate in 1933. He was a member of the Department of History at Princeton, 1933-1940.[1]


Colonel Stacey first joined the Canadian Corps of Signals in 1924. In November, 1940, he was promoted to Major and appointed Historical Officer, Canadian Military Headquarters in London, England. He served oversees until 1945, when he was appointed Director of the Historical Section of the General Staff. During his tenure, he won the Governor General's Awards for Literary Merit (1948).[1]

He remained as Director until his retirement from the Army in 1959.

Retirement Years

After retirement, he returned to the Department of National Defence in 1965-1966 in order to oversee the first year of operations of the integrated Directorate of History.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Directorate of Heritage and History - Stacey Biography