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- Roy, Reginald Herbert, 1922-2013
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Reginald Herbert Roy was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia on Dec. 11, 1922. His father had served in the First World War as a sniper before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps.
After attending Victoria College, Roy completed completed a master's degree from the University of British Columbia in 1951 and earned a doctorate from the University of Washington in 1965. His thesis formed the basis for his book Sinews of Steel: The History of the British Columbia Dragoons, a regimental history of the province's oldest cavalry unit.
Roy wrote or edited a dozen books of biography and military history, among these were well-received regimental histories of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada and the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's). Perhaps his best known work was For Most Conspicuous Bravery, a biography of George Randolph Pearkes, British Columbia's 20th Lieutenant Governor.
Roy worked as an archivist in Ottawa and Victoria before embarking on an academic career. He taught history at Victoria College and Royal Roads Military College (now Royal Roads University) becoming a professor of military and strategic studies at the University of Victoria.
He was also a member and later a trustee of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia.
Roy died in Victoria, B.C. on January 22, 2013.
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Presented by R.H. Roy, Dept. of History, University of Victoria, 1979.