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Fallis, Rev. George O., d. 1952
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- Rev. George O. Fallis, C.B.E., B.D., D.D.
- Lieutenant-Colonel the Rev. George O. Fallis
- Major (Rev.) George O. Fallis
- Lieut.-Col. George O. Falls, D.S.O.
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George O. Fallis was born in Sarnia, Ontario. He came to British Columbia in 1907 and completed his divinity training at Columbian College in New Westminster. His early ministry experience was in places such as Rainy River, Ontario, Penticton (until 1913) and Kamloops, British Columbia, and in Saskatchewan. During World War One, Fallis served as a chaplin with the Second Canadian Mounted Rifles and senior chaplin for the Fifth Division. On June 23, 1919, in recognition of his services in France and England he was invested with the Commander of the Order of the British Empire [C.B.E. (Military Division)] at Buckingham Palace. In World War Two, he served again as a chaplain and achieved the honorary rank of lieutenant-colonel. He wrote about his personal experiences in the work "A Padre's Pilgrimage," which includes his June 1904 journey from Rainy River to Grand Coulee, Saskatchewan (where he served for two years, before his son Rev. J.G. Fallis took over) and also his subsequent experiences around Craven, Cupar, and Earl Grey. In addition, Fallis describes the time he spent in Revelstoke and Kamloops during the Great Depression and in 1923 when he was founder of the Canadian Memorial Church in Vancouver. In 1939 he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity from Union Theological College in Vancouver.
Fallis died in Vancouver on February 15, 1952 at the age of 67.
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"Dr. Fallis of B.C. talks to Kiwanis on peace problem : Urges attendance at forthcoming education conference." Edmonton Journal, 1929-03-11, v. 25 no. 199, p. 13.
"Honor for Chaplain." The Windsor Daily Star, 1939-11-27, first section p. 16.
"Leading churchman, G.O. Fallis dies." The Edmonton Journal, 1952-02-16, p. 5.
"Metropolitan Church (Announcement)." The Morning Leader (Regina, Sask.), 1917-09-22, p. 16.
"Prominent citizens' rites today." The News-Herald (Vancouver, B.C.), 1952-02-18, vol. 19 no. 246, p. 2.
"Rev. G. O. Falls, D.D., at Canadian Memorial." Vancouver Sun, 1939-12-02, vol. LIV no. 54, p. 17.
"Well-known Chaplain decorated." Victoria Daily Times, 1919-07-24, vol. 54 no. 171, p. 9.
Cross, Austin "A Padre's Pilgrimage by George O. Fallis. Ryerson Press. $3.50. 166 pp." [Review of newspaper A Padre's Pilgrimage]. The Evening Citizen (Ottawa, Ont.) : Feature and Comic Supplement, 1953-12-12, p. 3.
Graham, Kathleen. "Variety and beauty in books for Christmas giving." The Leader-Post (Regina, Sask.), Last ed., 1953-12-05, v. XLIV no. 284, p. 10.
Nicks, Stewart. "Some memories of former days at Grand Coulee : Church jubilee is link with past." The Leader-Post (Regina, Sask.), 1973-07-27, p. 10.
Whittaker, Lance. "The Church page." Victoria Daily Times, 1954-01-09, vol. 121 no. 7, p. 14.