The Stamp Collection of a Canadian Hero - Major General George Randolph Pearkes
Major General George Randolph Pearkes, VC, PC, CC, CB, DSO, MC, CD (February 28, 1888 – May 30, 1984) was a Canadian politician, soldier and the 20th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia (October 12, 1960 – July 2, 1968)
Major General Pearkes won the Victoria Cross for conspicous bravery at the Battle Of Paschendale in the Great War.
George Pearkes remained a career officer in the army and in the Second World War he was appointed first Commander of the Canadian Corp in Europ and then, returning to Canada, as General Officer Commander-in-Chief Pacific Command.
After the war he became a politician and elected as a Progressive Conservatie Party candidate for Nanaimo and then Esquimaut-Saanich. In 1957 he became Minister for National Defence.
George Pearkes was appointed Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia on October 13, 1960, and became one of the few Lieutenant Governors to agree to an extended term, serving until July 1968.
In August 1925, he married Constance Blytha Copeman. A daughter, Priscilla Edith ("Pep"), was born in 1928 though she died while still a young child. A son, John Andre, was born in 1931.
The honourable George Pearkes died on 30 May 1984, aged 96, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
We are delighted to be offering the Stamp Collection of Major General George Pearkes in our early 207 auctions.