In World War II, Ross Chamberlain served in Canada's Fourth Princess Louise Dragoon Guards' Reconnaissance Division. He formed part of the first Canadian Infantry Division in the Italian campaign and was also part of the 5th Canadian Armoured Division in northwest Europe. Mr. Chamberlain was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of his "exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy on land." In 1962, Mr. Chamberlain became a devoted member of the Manotick Legion, founding the Youth Education Committee and student bursary program, and received the Legion's 75th Anniversary Medal in 2001. He started the Rideau Seniors Association and helped found the Manotick Senior Citizens Service Centre, helped create Hyfield Place and the Miller's Oven, and campaigned for accessibility rights for seniors and people with disabilities.