In his early years.
Colonel Gordon Debenham Dailley was born July 24th, 1911 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He attended St. John’s College and the University of Manitoba and began his military career in 1940. In 1943 he attended the Canadian War Staff College and then served in England. He held a number of executive positions at Army Headquarters in Ottawa and on the United Nations Armistice Commission in Korea. In 1940, he married Miss Virginia Johnston a ballet dancer from Texas and they had four children, Don, Susan, James and Virginia. He was promoted to the rank of Colonel in 1955 when he was assigned to Belgrade, Yugoslavia, as Canadian Military Attaché. Colonel retired from his military career in 1964 and became the Co-Director of the New Brunswick Centennial Administration.
Before joining the army, Colonel was active in sporting circles in Canada and England. He was a “playing-Captain” of England’s Olympic Hockey Team, which won the Olympic title and gold medal in 1936.