COLONEL HAROLD SEYMOUR4 GAMBLIN (GEORGE ALEXANDER3, JAMES ROBERT2, WILLIAM1)
was born December 21, 1897 in Cody's, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada, and died June
16, 1986 in Sussex, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada. He married LULU PEARL NORTHRUP
August 24, 1921 in Lower Millstream, New Brunswick, Canada. She was born February 05, 1903
in Coles Island, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada, and died March 17, 1988 in Sussex,
Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada.
Lieutenant Colonel Gamblin served in WW 1 from 1915 to 1919. Following this he served with
the 8th Princess Louise's (NB) Hussars and was the commanding officer of the regiment at
the outbreak of WW 2. He mobilized the 4th Canadian Motorcycle Regiment (8NBH) and
commanded it during 1940 and 1941 when it was re-organized as the 5th Canadian Armored
Regiment (8NBH). In 1941 he proceeded overseas in command of the regiment, remaining in
England until 1942 when he returned to Canada following hospitalization for a bronchial
problem contracted during WW 1. See source
Following his return to Canada, he was in command of the
C.O.T.C. at Mount Allison University, Sackville, during 1942 and 1943. In 1943 he was
posted to the adjutant-general's branch, National Defence Headquarters, serving on the
Officers Selection and Appraisal Board for Military District No. 7 for the remainder of
the war. He retired from active service with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1945 and
was posted to his former regiment, the 8th Princess Louise's Hussars (reserve).
Lieutenant Colonel Gamblin served with the Soldier's
Settlement board during 1919 and 1920. After a period of farming at Cody's, he returned to
the Soldier's Settlement Board (then the Veteran's Land Act) serving until 1959 when he
retired to the homestead at Cody's.
|Harold S. Gamblin in
|King George VI and
Harold S. Gamblin (top left) beside the Cavalry Barracks in Aldershot on April 24, 1942
|Click to read
Harold's Memories of World War One
(the file is a
1.3 Meg Adobe PDF file)
We are very fortunate to have the late 1970's tape recording Harold made for his daughter
Myrtle from which the above PDF was created. It was edited by Evan Gamblin in November, 2001, and is
- - a "rather humorous
thing" that occurred in March 1918 about a buddy who thought he was
wounded. Recorded in the late 1970's.
The Whole Story
- - this selection
runs 1 hour! Recorded in the late 1970's.