Born in Edmonton, Alberta, George MacDonell enlisted in 1939, at the age of seventeen, and served as a Company Sergeant Major in Canada and Hong Kong until 1946. Postmilitary, he earned a BA at the University of Toronto and launched a successful business career. He was Deputy Minister of Ontario from 1980 to 1985.
One Soldier’s Story: 1939-1945
This is the story of a seventeen year old boy who ran away from home to join the Canadian Army at the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. It describes the fateful adventures of two regiments dispatched to the Pacific to face the Japanese, and the courage of two thousand young soldiers who, when faced with an impossible task thousands of miles from home, behaved with honour and distinction. Though they lost the battle of Hong Kong, they succeeded in showing the world the mettle of which they were made.