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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


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John Gordon (Jack) McClelland, C.C., M.I.D.


Lieutenant-Commander, O-47990, RCN(R)


Born: 30 Jul 1922, Toronto, Ontario


Died: 14 Jun 2004, Toronto, Ontario


McCLELLAND, John Gordon (Jack) - Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, he attended the University of Toronto Schools, St. Andrew's College (1937-1940), and then the University of Toronto, interrupting his studies to serve in the Royal Canadian Navy in the Battle of the Atlantic. McClelland began working for McClelland and Stewart, his father's company, in 1946, becoming president in 1961. Under his control, the company promoted Canadian literature and encouraged Canadian authors such as Margaret Atwood, Pierre Berton, Leonard Cohen, Farley Mowat and Mordecai Richler. He introduced a popular series of Canadian authors in paperback, making Canadian writing more accessible to the general public. In 1985, he sold the company. Many of the current heads of Canadian publishing companies got their start at McClelland and Stewart while Jack McClelland was running the company. In 1976 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 2000.


Ships served in:


HMCS CHEDABUCTO - Appointed to Chedabucto 10 Sep 1942 as a SLt, RCNVR (Navy List Sep 1942)

ML Q091 - Appointed to Q091 09 Oct 1943 as Slt, RCNVR, Commanding Officer (Navy List Oct 1943)  //  2nd Commanding Officer 09 Oct 1943 - 11 Nov 1943

MTB-726 - Appointed to MTB-726 18 Feb 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR. Was onboard 726 for D-Day. (Navy Lists Mar, Jul, Sep, Nov 1944)

MTB-797 - Appointed to MTB-797 10 Dec 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List Jan 1945)

Retired List - as Lt, RCN(R) (Navy List Jul 1946)

HMCS YORK - LCdr, RCN(R), retired list, seniority 27 Apr 1950. (Navy List Jul 1952)


Officer Graduates from HMCS Royal Roads, Naval Officers' Training Centre

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Article from the National - Burt - Western

Vol 1 No. 3 Nov 1942


Note: it is believed (but not certain) that this article refers to John Gordon McClelland



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