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HARSTON, Charles Grenville, Canadian inventor, born in Tamworth, Staffordshire, England, 10 August, 1844. He served in the Royal marines until 1876, when he retired with the rank of captain and came to Canada. He brought with him from England twenty-five young men and an Episcopal clergyman, and with them founded a settlement in Muskoka district, which he named Ilfracombe. In 1884 he removed to Toronto and assumed the management of the Standard life assurance company of Ontario. He fought during the Riel rebellion, and led the charge at Batoche on 12 May, 188,5. He has invented the "Harston" rifle, which some claim is superior to the Martini-Henry. He is active as a sportsman, and secretary of the Domnion kennel club.
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