Farran, Roy Alexander 1921-2006

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Farran, Roy Alexander 1921-2006


Born January 2, 1921, in Purley, Surrey, England (some sources cite birthplace as India); died June 2 (some sources cite June 1), 2006; father a British Air Force officer; married Ruth Ardern, 1950 (died, 2005); children: two sons, two daughters. Education: Attended Royal Military College, Sandhurst.


Worked for Keir & Cawder Ltd. at a quarry near Glasgow, Scotland, after World War II; Keir & Cawder (Rhodesia) Ltd. (construction company), managing director; Calgary Herald, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, journalist, 1950-54; North Hill News, Calgary, founder and publisher, 1954-73; Calgary Herald, journalist, 1979-88; dairy farmer in Alberta. Conservative candidate for British Parliament, 1949; Calgary City Council, alderman, 1961-71; Province of Alberta, Progressive Conservative member of legislature, then minister of utilities and telephones, 1972-75, solicitor general, 1975-79; Alberta Racing Commission, chair, beginning 1979. University of Alberta, visiting professor of political science, 1984-89; Farran Foundation (French-Canadian student exchange foundation), founder. Military service: British Army, Dragoon Guards, King's Own Hussars, and Special Air Service, 1940-48, German prisoner of war, 1941, instructor at military academy in Sandhurst, then attached to Palestine Police, where he was tried for murder and eventually acquitted; also served in Africa, Greece, Italy, France, and Syria; became major.


Military decorations include Distinguished Service Order and Military Cross with two bars, French Croix de Guerre, and U.S. Legion of Merit. Civilian honors include French Legion of Honor, 1994.



Winged Dagger: Adventures on Special Service, Collins (London, England), 1948, Sterling Publishing (New York, NY), 1986.

Jungle Chase, Collins (London, England), 1951.

The History of the Calgary Highlanders, 1921-54, Bryant Press (Canada), 1954.

The Day after Tomorrow, Collins (London, England), 1956.

The Search, 1958.

Operation Tombola, Collins (London, England), 1960, Sterling Publishing (New York, NY), 1986.

Never Had a Chance, Bles (London, England), 1967.

Columnist for Edmonton Journal.



Guardian, June 12, 2006, obituary by Diana Condell. London Telegraph, June 5, 2006.

Times (London, England), June 6, 2006.

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