MacBrien, James Howden

James Howden MacBrien, soldier, policeman (b at Port Perry, Ont 30 June 1878; d at Toronto 5 Mar 1938). MacBrien served in the militia, the North-West Mounted Police and then the South African Constabulary 1901-06. A staff officer at the outbreak of WWI, he took command of the 12th Infantry Brigade in 1916. Chief of the general staff, Overseas Forces, 1919-20, he presided over the formation of the Department of NATIONAL DEFENCE, retiring in 1927. He was a founder of the Canadian Aviation League and commissioner of the RCMP from 1931 until his death.