The Gregg Connection

Milton Gregg, VCBrigadier Milton F. Gregg, VC, personifies the goals of UNB's Centre for the Study of War and Society. Milton Gregg came from King's County New Brunswick. He was decorated for courage and leadership under fire with the Military Cross and Bar while serving with the Royal Canadian Regiment during the Great War.

On 28 September 1918 in the midst of fierce fighting in the Marcoing Line during the final "100 Days Campaign" then Lieutenant Gregg won the Victoria Cross, the nation's highest award for valour. He returned to active service in 1939, where his abilities were applied by training infantry officers for combat duty in the Second World War.

Brigadier Milton Gregg, VC, is best remembered at UNB as the President (from 1944-47) who successfully accommodated the flood of demobilizing soldiers at the end of the Second World War. His administrative skill and reputation led to his election as Member of Parliament for York-Sunbury and appointment to Cabinet, where he continued his service to the nation as Minister of Fisheries and then Veteran's Affairs. His political career evolved into duty with the United Nations in Iraq, Indonesia and New York and as Canadian High Commissioner to British Guiana. Throughout his public service the Honourable Milton Gregg VC remained a staunch protector of New Brunswick's environment and heritage sites.