James Howden MacBrien
Sir James MacBrien
|Born||30 June 1878|
near Myrtle, Ontario
|Died||5 March 1938 (aged 59)|
|Commands held||Chief of the General Staff|
|Battles/wars||Second Boer War|
World War I
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath|
Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Order of St. John
Major General Sir James Howden MacBrien (30 June 1878 – 5 March 1938) was a Canadian soldier and Chief of the General Staff, the head of the Canadian Militia (renamed the Canadian Army in 1940) from 1920 until 1927.
Educated in Port Perry, MacBrien initially joined the Militia but then transferred to the North-West Mounted Police and, during the Second Boer War, to the South African Constabulary. Returning to Canada he was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Dragoons.
In 1907 he married Nellie Louise Ross and in 1928 he married Emily Emely Hartridge.