W. Gordon Denney was the school principal of Lakeview Public School in Regina and when, in May 1940, Germany over-ran Western Europe, he decided he must “do his part”.
Born in the UK to William Henry Denney and Ethel Spencer, he and five of his nine other siblings emigrated to Canada.
After joining up, Denney was appointed a 2/Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps and, by November 1945, he had risen to become Director of Ordnance Services, a post he held until August 1947. A full Colonel, he was awarded the MBE and later the OBE.
From the day he decided to enlist until April 1941, he kept a journal in which he recorded his doings. He had an eye for detail and these pages contain a wealth of information that may prove of interest (if not of direct use) to future historians.