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Harry McLeod Hague

1899-1994

Harry McLeod Hague

Harry McLeod Hague was born on August 6, 1899, in Montreal, Quebec. He served in both the First and Second World Wars with the Royal Canadian Artillery. In 1921, after the First World War, he obtained his law degree. He began practising law in his hometown of Montreal, eventually being appointed a Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) in 1940.

In the Second World War, Lt.-Col. Hague received the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for his actions during the Italian Campaign in 1943, where he was wounded, resulting in the loss of his right arm below the elbow.

After returning home to civilian life in Canada, Mr. Hague worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs and became involved with The War Amps, especially the Montreal Branch, where he served as Chairman of the Civilian Liaison Committee and was considered their “elder statesman.”

His knowledge of the legal system proved helpful when he was called upon at certain times to provide assistance to the National Board of Directors, National Council and to CEO Cliff Chadderton.

Mr. Hague was the “guinea pig” in the initial trial fittings for the first myoelectric arm in Canada. He was not only able to give the new arm a thorough trial, but he could explain this “newfangled invention” in clear and concise terms, from the viewpoint of the amputee.

Awards:

  • Distinguished Service Membership, The War Amps
  • Distinguished Service Order (1943)

His colleagues said he could always be counted on to give sound, intelligent advice, ranging from legal matters to ideas and views arising from his extensive experience with veterans.

Mr. Hague passed away on November 11, 1994.

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Awards:

  • Distinguished Service Membership, The War Amps
  • Distinguished Service Order (1943)