The Military Museums

Donald Munro (1919 - 2010) was born in Glasgow, Scotland and came to Canada in 1925 with his parents who settled on a farm east of Carstairs, Alberta. Don attended school in Carstairs, Shawnigan Lake, BC and in Calgary. He joined the militia in 1936 as a trooper in the 15th Alberta Light Horse and was soon commissioned in that militia cavalry regiment. On the outbreak of the Second World War, he resigned his commission to join the Calgary Highlanders as a platoon sergeant major.

In 1940 he was commissioned as an officer from the rank of Warrant Officer Third Class. In the UK he went to a holding unit in Aldershot and was posted to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry as a Reinforcement Officer in June 1943. He joined the Patricia's on 07 August 1943, at Mount Seggior in Sicily. He served in Italy as a platoon commander, transport officer, and administration officer with the Canadian Corps Sniper School. In 1945 Don moved to NW Europe with the battalion and was SOS PPCLI on May 5, 1945. He repatriated to Canada and was released from the Canadian Army on 23 July 1945.

Following the war, he farmed for a few years and then in 1958 worked with the National Employment Service until his retirement in 1979. Don was active in the militia during these years, serving with the Calgary Highlanders from 1946 until 1967.

In 1989 Don (always known as "Donnie") took on the volunteer job of curator of the Calgary Highlanders Regimental Museum & Archives as it was forming as one of the four founding museums of the Museum of the Regiments. He was instrumental in establishing the Museum and remained with the Museum through the formative years retiring in 2003 as the Archivist. His dedication and many contributions to the Museum and to both the PPCLI and Calgary Highlanders Associations were outstanding. His kindness and helpfulness to both his colleagues and members of the public were exceptional.

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