Topic: Drill and Training
War Secretary Given Taste of Own Tear Gas
Toledo Blade, 23 Feb 1940
Secretary of State for War
5 January 1940 – 11 May 1940
Aldershot, England, Feb. 23—(UP)—Canadian soldiers today accidentally fired a tear gas barrage at Oliver Stanley, war secretary, and their own staff officers, during an inspection of the Canadian troops.
A unit of the Canadian expeditionary force was being trained in the construction of trenches under a gas attack. The officer in charge, not noticing the arrival of the war secretary, fired off a tear gas bomb.
Stanley was not carrying a gas mask. The officers accompanying him did not have their at the ready. The war secretary and his escorts were caught in the gas.
They ran from the gas zone, their eyes streaming. None, however, was affected seriously.
After bathing their eyes, the official party resumed their inspection.