Kenneth Stuart

Kenneth Stuart, army officer (b at Trois-Rivières, Qué 9 Sept 1891; d at Ottawa 3 Nov 1945). Stuart graduated from RMC in 1911 and served with the Royal Canadian Engineers overseas 1915-18.

Stuart, Kenneth

Kenneth Stuart, army officer (b at Trois-Rivières, Qué 9 Sept 1891; d at Ottawa 3 Nov 1945). Stuart graduated from RMC in 1911 and served with the Royal Canadian Engineers overseas 1915-18. Editor of the Canadian Defence Quarterly while at headquarters in the 1930s, he was appointed chief of the general staff in Dec 1941 and chief of staff, Canadian Military Headquarters, London, from Dec 1943 to Nov 1944. Instrumental in removing Gen A.G.L. MCNAUGHTON as commander, 1st Canadian Army, Stuart was sacked by McNaughton when the latter became defence minister in Nov 1944. Stuart's miscalculations in forecasting infantry casualties helped force the government to impose CONSCRIPTION in Nov 1944.