Brigadier-General Patrick H.C. Carew, CD
31 March 1931 – 28 January 2021
Commanding Officer 1970-1972
Colonel of the Regiment 1990-1993
Brigadier-General Carew was born March 31, 1931 in Vernon, B.C.
He was commissioned in 1951 and assigned to Lord Strathcona’ s Horse (Royal Canadians) where he served in regimental appointments at Calgary and in Korea.
From 1955 to 1959 Brigadier-General Carew served as an instructor at the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps School in Camp Borden, Ont., and at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle Range in Meaford, Ontario. In 1959, he was assigned to 4 Canadian Infantry Brigade Group Headquarters at Soest, Federal Republic of Germany (FRG). Brigadier-General Carew held the appointment of Senior Liaison officer on the Operations staff, until 1962 and then became General Staff Officer, Operations (now G3).
In 1966, he was posted to Headquarters, United Nations Forces in Cyprus as General Staff Officer, Operations. The following year, Brigadier-General Carew was re-assigned to the Fort Garry Horse in Calgary as Officer Commanding Headquarters Squadron. From 1967 to 1968 he served with him the Chief of the Defence Staff Secretariat at the Canadian Forces Headquarters in Ottawa.
Brigadier-General Carew was a section head in the Directorate of Postings and Careers at National Defence Headquarters from 1968 until 15 June 1970, when he assumed command of The Royal Canadian Dragoons stationed in Iserlohn. He oversaw the move of the regiment from Iserlohn in northern Germany to CFB Lahr, in the Black Forest of southern Germany. He commanded the Regiment until 9 July 1972, when he was appointed Chief Instructor at the Combat Arms School (now Combat Training Centre), CFB Gagetown, N.B. Brigadier-General Carew was promoted to the rank of colonel in 1974 and named Commander of CFB Suffield, Alta., in 1975. Three years later became Deputy Chief of Staff, Training, at Mobile Command Headquarters, St. Hubert, Quebec (now Canadian Army Headquarters).
Brigadier-General Carew assumed the appointment of Commandant of the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College. Kingston in 1979 and was promoted to Brigadier-General the following year. In July 1982, he was named deputy chief operational research and analysis establishment, at NDHQ.
In 1985, after 37 years of service he was transferred to the Supplementary Reserve. Brigadier-General Carew continued to serve Canada after his retirement from the Regular Force, being appointed as Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel of the British Columbia Dragoons in 1986, a position he held until 1989.
Brigadier-General Carew was appointed the Colonel of The Regiment of The Royal Canadian Dragoons on 21 July 1990, a position he held until 5 November 1993. During his tenure as Colonel of The Regiment, he oversaw both the move of The Royal Canadian Dragoons Museum from CFB Gagetown to Garrison Petawawa and the first visit of HRH Prince Charles in his role as the Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Canadian Dragoons.
Brigadier-General Carew passed away in British Columbia on 28 January 2021.