Thacker, Herbert Cyril

Herbert Cyril Thacker, army officer (b at Poona, India 16 Sept 1870; d at Victoria 2 June 1953). Thacker, briefly chief of the general staff in 1927-28, was commissioned in the Royal Canadian Artillery in 1891. He fought in the SOUTH AFRICAN WAR and accompanied the Japanese army as military attaché during the Russo-Japanese War 1904-05, the first appointment of its kind for a Canadian officer. Thacker commanded divisional artilleries of the CANADIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, 1915-19. He took the position of chief of the general staff reluctantly and despite ill health.