b. 07/11/1884 Bo'ness, Scotland. d. 01/05/1982 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Strachan was born in Bo'ness, Scotland and attended the Royal High School, Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh before emigrating to Canada. He joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force in July 1915.
Strachan, having been promoted to captain, received his VC from King George V on January 6, 1918. After the war, he farmed in Edmonton before going into banking. By 1930, he had moved to Calgary. Strachan later commanded the 1st Battalion, Edmonton Fusiliers during the Second World War. After the war he retired and moved to Vancouver. Strachan eventually attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Strachan died on 1 May 1982, at the age of 97 years and 175 days, the record longest-lived recipient of the Victoria Cross. Strachan's ashes were scattered near the Rose Garden Columbarium at Boal Chapel Memorial Gardens in North Vancouver, BC on 5 May.In September 2013 a lake in Manitoba was named "Harcus Strachan Lake" to commemorate his award of the Victoria Cross.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM, OTTAWA, CANADA.
BURIAL PLACE: BOAL CHAPEL, NORTH VANCOUVER, CANADA. (ASHES SCATTERED)
Fort Garry House Memorial near Cambrai, France.
War Illustrated, 5th January 1918
Bo'ness, Scotland (20th November 2017)