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Based on an article on page 3 of the 18 Oct 1937 issue of The  Simcoe Reformer 

Col. Walker Powell was Norfolk Native

Achieved nation-wide prominence
as soldier and statesman
Born in Waterford

One of Norfolk's outstanding legislators and soldiers, 
Col. Walker Powell served as Adjutant-General of Canada 
for more than 20 years.

Born 20 May 1828 at Waterford, Col. Powell's connection 
with the Norfolk Militia began 14 Dec 1847 when he was 
gazetted Ensign of the 1st Norfolk Battalion.

His first promotion was his appointment of Adjutant, 
which took place 21 Jun 1851. On 25 Sep of that year he 
was promoted Lieutenant of the same corps, and 
seven years later he was made Captain.

On the 14 Aug 1862 the honorary rank of Major was conferred upon him, unattached to any division of militia, and on the 
19th of the same month he was appointed 
Lt.-Col. and Deputy Adjutant of Upper Canada.

On 28 Dec he was made Dy.-Adjutant General of the Dominion and stationed at headquarters. He was created a full Colonel in Aug 1873, and in May 1875 received the appointment of 
Adjutant General of the Dominion, filling this post until 
he retired in 1896.

Col. Powell was elected Member of Parliament in 1857 
and served until 1861.

Taking an important part in the militia at the time of the 
Trent affair in 1861, the Fenian Raids, and the Riel rebellions 
in the Northwest in 1885, he was recommended for a C.M.G., 
and it was largely the result of Col. Powell's efforts that the 
Royal Military College at Kingston was established. 

He died 6 May 1915 at the age of 87 years.

Copyright 2012 John Cardiff