Born in 1921 on Locke Street, Jack McFarland has lived a life of service to his city, country and fellow veterans. At 15 he joined the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, arriving on the shores of Dieppe in August 1942, a combatant in one of Canada’s most costly battles.
Wounded during the landing, Jack was captured and held as a POW for over two years. Freed in 1945, he returned home later joining Hamilton Police where he served 34 years, retiring as Staff Sergeant.
Jack was a common classroom presence, sharing his experiences with younger generations while describing the valour of others. He has served as president of Hamilton’s United Council of Veterans and vice-president of the city’s Veteran’s committee.
A modest man, he is a Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour of France, a recipient of the Canadian Forces Decoration, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal and the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. For his bravery, his dedication to country and his selfless service to others, Jack McFarland brings honour and distinction to Hamilton’s Gallery.