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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 59 den, Ontario–1952 Toronto), who took Justice Armour’s place on the Commission after the former’s death. World War I coincided with the rise of alpinism, surveying, and mountain naming. The lawyer Lieutenant- Colonel William Frederick Hart McHarg (1869 Kilkenny, Ireland–1915 St. Julien, France) commanded the 7th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces. He was the first British Columbian killed in action during World War I, while on a reconnaissance mission ahead of the Battle of St. Julien in April 1915.22 He is commemorated in Mount McHarg (2888 m), on the Alberta border in the LT. CL. WILLIAM McHARG Height of the Rockies Provincial Park. To the northwest, Mount Leval (2733 m) is named for Gaston de Leval (1871 Hodimont, Belgium– 1944 Menton, France), the Belgian lawyer who unsuccessfully defended Edith Cavell (1865–1915), the British nurse shot by a German firing squad on October 12, 1915. Mount Plewman (2241m), northwest of Rossland, commemorates Judge Richard Elgood Plewman (1875 Gloucestershire, U.K.–1949 Rossland), who served as police magistrate in the Kootenays for many years.23 He apparently played a key role in the enforcement of prostitution laws in the mining town. Judge Plewman explored the area of his eventual namesake peak on countless skiing, snowshoeing and hiking trips. He is buried, appropriately, in Mountain View Cemetery in Trail. Two lawyer peaks were named by prominent visiting American conservationists. The double-peaked Mount Herchmer (2633 m), west of Elkford, is named for Harry William Herchmer (1868 Kingston, Ontario–1933 Cranbrook), a Fernie lawyer and president of the local Game Protective Association in 1904.24 The name was bestowed by the American zoologist, alpinist, and conservationist, William Temple Hornaday (1854-1937), whom Herchmer led on a hunting expedition.25 Mount Daly (3148m), above Wapta Icefield in Yoho National Park, was named for Charles Patrick Daly (1816 New York–1899 North Haven), Chief Justice of the New York Court of Common Pleas and President of the American Geographical Society, by Professor Charles Ernest Fay (1846–1931), an American alpinist and educator, who was on the ill-fated Mount Lefroy expedition that claimed the life of Philip Abbot, described in Part II of this article. Finally, Canadian prime ministers who were also lawyers have been commemorated in British Columbia mountains. Rogers Pass has Mount Macdonald (2883 m) and Mount Laurier (2361 m), as well as mountains commemorating non-lawyer Prime Ministers such as Tupper and Mackenzie. Mount Sir Robert (2388 m), east of the Skeena River, commemorates


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