Dangerfield enrolled in The British Columbia Regiment (Militia) in 1955.
He transferred to the Canadian Army in 1957 and was commissioned into
the Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians). He served as a Troop
Leader until 1963, including a tour with the United Nations Emergency
Force (UNEF)in the Middle East.
in Egypt during UNEF peacekeeping service
a two year posting to the Royal Canadian Armour Corps School as a tactics
instructor, Lieutenant-General Dangerfield was posted back to the Lord
Strathcona's Horse(Royal Canadians) as the Operations Officer, accompanying
the Regiment to Germany in December 1965. In 1967, he was selected to
attend the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College at Kingston,
Ont. He was promoted to major on graduation in July 1968 and posted
to the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's), in Petawawa, Ont, where
he commanded the Light Armoured Squadron. The next year, in July 1969
he was appointed as the Commanding Officer, C Squadron, 8th Canadian
Hussars (Brigade Reconnaissance) in Germany.
Canadian infantry with Leopard tank in support
Lieutenant-General Dangerfield held various staff appointments including
an exchange posting with the 1st British Division in Verden Germany.
He returned to Canada to command the Armour Department at the Combat
Training Centre in Gagetown, New Brunswick. Following a year as part
of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan
he was appointed as the Commanding Officer of The Royal Canadian Dragoons,
in Lahr Germany. In 1976 he returned to Canada and has held various
staff appointments in Toronto and National Defence Headquarters and
was selected to attend the US Army War College in Carlisle Pennsylvania,
in July 1980. In May 1983 he was promoted to Brigadier-General and assumed
the appointment of Director General Land Doctrine and Operations. On
20 July, 1984 Lieutenant-General Dangerfield assumed command of 4 Canadian
Mechanized Brigade Group in Lahr, and in 1986 was appointed Deputy Chief
of Staff, Operations at CENTAG, Heidelberg Germany. He was promoted
to Major-General in 1988 and assumed the appointment of Commander 1
Canadian Division in Kingston. In 1991 he was promoted to his current
rank and posted to NATO Headquarters in Brussels. Lieutenant-General
Dangerfield retired from the Canadian Forces in 1994 after 36 years
of service. In 1989 Lieutenant-General Dangerfield was appointed by
the French government into L'Ordre National du Merite and in 1996 the
President of the United States of America selected him for the Legion
of Merit award. He and his wife, Jean, have resided in Kelowna, British
Columbia since his retirement.
audience at the museum
Since his retirement Lieutenant-General Dangerfield has kept a close
association with the Canadian Army and has served as the Honorary Colonel
for the Royal Canadian Dragoons Regiment. He has also worked in support
of the Okanagan Military Museum as a member of the Board of Directors
of the Okanagan Military Museum Society since the early days of the
museum's establishment. He continues to make a significant contribution
in that position where his wealth of experience and organizational talents
are very much appreciated by all.