Oplysninger om Harry Ezra Balfour

Forældre: Metodistpræst David Balfour og Phoebe Elizabeth Jackson."Harry Balfour was born in Gore's Landing, Ontario, and the only son of a Methodist minister. His schooling occurred in several small towns in southern Ontario. Harry completed Grade 12 at Albert College in Belleville, Ontario at age 16. He came west on a "harvesters special" train and worked that summer at Walsh near Medicine Hat, and stayed on to teach school. After Normal school in Calgary, Mr. Balfour taught in the Highlands School in Edmonton. He gained his M.A. fro
m the University of Alberta while teaching at the Highlands School.In June 1915 he enlisted in the Canadian Army and served in France as in infantry Captain with the 49th. Battalion. (now the Loyal Edmonton Regiment) Mr. Balfour served during World War I. He was wounded twice, quite severely the last time, and taken prisoner. During three years in prison camp, he was allowed to take his B. A. from Cambridge University by correspondence.At the end of the war, he was released to Denmark, where he ran a Red Cross repatriation camp in that ne
utral country, and met and married his wife, Gerda.After a six-month stay in Cambridge to satisfy the laboratory requirements, he was granted his B.A., and they returned to Canada.He then taught at Victoria. Mr. Balfour taught high school until about 1928 when he was appointed School Inspector in Grande Prairie. After one year, he was transferred by the Department of Education to Edmonton Normal School, when the school was closed he was re-appointed to Grande Prairie. After another 1 to 1-1/2 years in Grande Prairie he becam
e High School Inspector in the southern half of the province with an office in Calgary.Upon the outbreak of the Second World War, he re-enlisted in the Canadian Army and served as a Staff Officer at military headquarters in Calgary, Ottawa and London, England. He was discharged at the end of the war with the rank of Lt. Colo
nel, and rejoined the Department of Education. He served again as a High School Inspector and then as Administrator of Schools until his retirement in 1958.

Mr. Balfour retired to live in Lethbridge where he died in 1965."

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