Sydney Chilton Mewburn

Sydney Chilton Mewburn, PC (December 4, 1863 August 11, 1956) was a Canadian lawyer, soldier, and politician.

The Hon.

Sydney Chilton Mewburn
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Hamilton East
In office
Preceded bySamuel Barker
Succeeded byGeorge Septimus Rennie
Personal details
Born(1863-12-04)December 4, 1863
Hamilton, Canada West
DiedAugust 11, 1956(1956-08-11) (aged 92)
Political partyConservative
ResidenceHamilton, Ontario
CabinetMinister of Militia and Defence (1917-1920)
Military service
Branch/serviceCanadian Army
Years of service?-1917
CommandsRoyal Hamilton Light Infantry (13th Royal Regiment c. 1910)

Born in Hamilton, Canada West, he was the Canadian Minister of Militia and Defence from October 12, 1917, to January 15, 1920, under Sir Robert Borden's Union Government in 1917. Mewburn was Commanding Officer (Colonel) of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (13th Royal Regiment as of 1910)[1] and served during World War I, he was a Major General (and Adjutant-General) in the Canadian Army before his appointment as Minister of Militia in October 1917.

He was later the Chair of the 1920 Canadian Battlefields Memorials Commission, which selected the site for the Vimy Memorial.[2]


  1. Best, John (November 22, 2013). "Hamilton's Vimy Connection - Sydney Mewburn". The Bay Observer.
  2. Pierce, John (1992). "Constructing Memory: The Vimy Memorial". Canadian Military History. 1 (1): 4–8.

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