Captain Robert James Manion is the author of A Surgeon in Arms, a memoir from his years of service during the Great War.  He served with the French forces before joining the Canadian Army Medical Corps.  He was awarded the Military Cross for heroism at the battle of Vimy Ridge.

Read a timeline from the 21st Battalion History of his exploits during the war.

Read Manion’s Canadian military records through Library and Archives Canada.

Read his entry in the Canadian Great War Project.

He also had a long career in Canadian politics.  He was first elected in 1917 as a Unionist MP for Fort William and then held the seat as a Conservative until 1935.  He eventually became the leader of the Federal Conservative Party from 1938-1940. Read more about his life and political career in the Canadian Encyclopedia.