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Denis Whitaker

Allegiance  Canada
Cfl east all star  1938
Positions  Quarterback
Role  Author
Name  Denis Whitaker

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Born  February 27, 1915 (1915-02-27)
Rank  Brigadier-General & Honorary Colonel
Awards  DSO and Bar, CM, ED, CD Commander of the Order of the Crown (Belgium) Order of Canada; Legion of Honor.
Other work  business man, and author.
Died  May 30, 2001, Oakville, Canada
Service/branch  The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment)
Education  Royal Military College of Canada, University of Toronto Schools
Books  Rhineland: The Battle to End th, Victory at Falaise, Tug of War: The Canadian, Dieppe: Tragedy to Triumph, The Battle of the Scheldt

Brigadier William Denis Whitaker, (February 27, 1915 – May 30, 2001) was a Canadian athlete, soldier, businessman, and author.

Early life

Born in Calgary, Alberta and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Whitaker was educated at the University of Toronto Schools and later at the Royal Military College of Canada, student # 2357 in Kingston, Ontario. He graduated in 1933. He was a quarterback for the Hamilton Tigers of the Ontario Rugby Football Union.

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He joined the Canadian Army and accepted a commission, as a second lieutenant, with the The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment) in 1937.

Military career

During the Second World War, Whitaker was awarded the Distinguished Service Order at the rank of captain for his achievement in the Battle of Dieppe in August 1942. He was the only one of the 100 officers who landed on the beach to fight his way into town and escape unwounded. As a lieutenant colonel, Whitaker commanded the 1st Battalion, The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry– Canadian Army Active from February 17, 1944 until July 17, 1944 and from September 15, 1944 until March 29, 1945, throughout most of the fighting in northwest Europe. He won a second Distinguished Service Order in February 1945 for leadership in the Battle of Goch-Calcar Road during Operation Veritable .

At the end of the war, he was promoted to the rank of brigadier. Whitaker left the army in 1951, but returned as Honorary Colonel of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry from 1972 to 1992.

Business career

After his military service, he was a commercial manager of radio station CHML. In 1962, he was named vice-president of O'Keefe Brewing Co. and soon became the president. He was also the president of Major Market Advertising and a financial consultant with Nesbitt Burns.

Sports career

Whitaker's sports career was equally illustrious, beginning with captaincy of the Royal Military College of Canada ice hockey and Canadian football teams. He led the Hamilton Tigers in 1938. He was named to the Canadian Forces Sports Honour Roll and was a national senior squash champion. He chaired the Canadian Equestrian Team for 20 years, and under his guidance the team won two Olympics, 15 Pan-American Games and two World Championship gold medals. He was also chef-de-mission for the 1980 Canadian Olympic Team in Moscow, which the Canadians eventually boycotted, along with the Americans due to the Soviets invading Afghanistan. He was a founder and member of the Olympic Trust of Canada. In 1990, he was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Denis was one of the founding members of the Hamilton Hunt Club, started in 1958 in Caledonia, Ontario. He was a Master of Foxhounds and rode with the club from 1958-1973.

Decorations and honours

  • Distinguished Service Order with Bar
  • Efficiency Decoration (E.D.)
  • Commander of the Order of the Crown (Belgium)
  • In 1989, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada.
  • In April 1995, the French government awarded Whitaker the Order of the Legion of Honour for his role in the liberation of France.
  • Dennis Whitaker was recognized by the Royal Military College of Canada with an Award bearing his name. "The Whitaker Cup" is awarded each year to the top Team Captain of a college varsity sports team.
  • In 2012, Denis Whitaker was added to the wall of honour at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario.
  • Selected works

  • Normandy: The Real Story of How Ordinary Allied Soldiers Defeated Hitler by Denis Whitaker, Shelagh Whitaker, and Terry Copp
  • Victory at Falaise: The Soldier's Story by Denis Whitaker and Shelagh Whitaker with Terry Copp
  • Tug of War: The Allied Victory That Opened Antwerp by Denis Whitaker and Shelagh Whitaker
  • Dieppe: Tragedy to Triumph by Denis Whitaker and Shelagh Whitaker
  • Rhineland: The Battle to End the War by Denis Whitaker and Shelagh Whitaker
  • The Battle of the Scheldt by Denis Whitaker
  • References

    Denis Whitaker Wikipedia


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