Currie, Sir Arthur William (1875–1933), a Canadian army officer and educator. During World War I, he rose from lieutenant colonel of militia to lieutenant general in command of all Canadian forces in Europe. He was the first Canadian to hold this post. (Previous commanders had been British.) Currie was noted for his planning and leadership abilities as well as for his concern for his men. He was knighted in 1917. After the war, he was promoted to general and served as inspector-general of the Canadian Militia, 1918–20. After his retirement from the military, he was principal (president) of McGill University from 1920 until his death.
Currie was born in Strathroy, Ontario. At age 18, he went to British Columbia, where he was first a teacher and later head of one of the largest insurance and real estate firms in Vancouver.