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George Stuart Tuxford
Nickname "Tux"
Born (1870-02-07)7 February 1870
Died 30 January 1942(1942-01-30) (aged 71)
Place of birth Carnarvonshire, Wales
Place of death Tuxford, Saskatchewan
Allegiance Canadian Red Ensign (1921–1957).svg Canada
Service/branch Canadian Corps
Years of service 1905–1925
Rank Brigadier general
Commands held 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade
5th Battalion, CEF
Battles/wars

World War I

Awards Order of St Michael and St George
Order of the Bath
Other work Agriculture, oil speculation, business

George Stuart Tuxford CB CMG DSO ED (7 February 1870 – 1942) was a pioneer of the Buffalo Pound Lake District, Saskatchewan, and later a senior officer in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF). During the First World War he served first as officer commanding the 5th (Western Cavalry) Battalion and later as general officer commanding 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade, 1st Canadian Division.

Early lifeEdit

Born at Penmorfa, Carnarvonshire, North Wales, on 7 February 1870 to a Lincolnshire couple, Tuxford grew up in the English countryside before immigrating to Canada in the 1880s.

The First World WarEdit

At the outbreak of war, Lieutenant Colonel Tuxford attested for overseas service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force and was appointed to the command of the 5th (Western Cavalry) Battalion at Camp Valcartier. He took his unit overseas and led it during the Second Battle of Ypres in April 1915, as well at the Battle of Festubert. In March 1916 he was promoted brigadier general and appointed to the command of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade, which he led during the battles of Mount Sorrel, the Somme, Courcelette, Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Amiens, Arras, and Cambrai. Following the armistice in November 1918, his formation participated in the march to the Rhine and served as part of the occupation force in Germany until all Canadian units were returned home.

ReferencesEdit

  • Saskatchewan Provincial Archives. Memoirs of Brigadier General George S. Tuxford CB CMG DSO ED. 4 Volumes.
  • Andrew B. Godefroy, “Portrait of a Battalion Commander: Lieutenant Colonel George Stuart Tuxford at the Second Battle of Ypres, April 1915”, in Colonel Bernd Horn ed. Intrepid Warriors: Perspectives on Canadian Military Leaders. (Kingston and Toronto: CDA Press and Dundurn Group, 2007), pp. 59–74.

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