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of Private. Transferred to 6th Canadian Battahon ; Lord Strath-
cona's Horse, April, 1915. Promoted Lance-Corporal, August,
1917; Corporal, February, 1918. Principal actions and service:
Festubert, Trench Work at Dickebusch, Ploegsteert, Givenchy,
1915; Somme, 1916; St. Quentin, Advance east of Peronne, 1917.
Demobilized, 14th January, 1919. Returned to duty with the
Bank, 15th January, 1919.



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Edmonds, Arnold — Corporal. Born 25th June, 1895, at
Dublin, Ireland. Father, William George Edmonds, Merchant
(deceased). Educated at St. Andrew's College, Dublin, and
Denstone College, North Staffordshire. Entered the service of
the Bank, 2nd August, 1912. Enlisted, 15th June, 1915, from
Saskatoon branch, in Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry,
with the rank of Private. Promoted Corporal, 15th June, 1917.
Principal actions: Second Battle of Ypres, 1915; Third Battle
of Ypres, Somme, 1916; Vimy Ridge, Lens, Passchendaele, 1917.
Wounded in the head and the hand, October, 1917. Returned
to duty with the Bank, 16th December, 1919.

Edmunds, Harold Howard — Private. Born 27th December,
1894, at London, England. Father, T. H. Edmunds, Accountant.
Educated at Acton County School, Middlesex, England, and at
London University. Entered the service of the Bank, 22nd
November, 1912. Enlisted, 8th July, 1916, from Sault Ste. Marie
branch, in 227th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 8th Reserve Battalion, 22nd April, 1917; 2nd
Central Ontario Regimental Depot, 1st April, 1919; No. 1 Detach-
ment, Canadian Army Pay Corps, 7th June, 1919. Promoted
Lance-Corporal, September, 1916; Sergeant, September, 1917;
reverted to Private on transfer to Canadian Army Pay Corps.
Service: Engaged in clerical work (on account of being medically
unfit for active service). Demobilized, 8th August, 1919. Re-
turned to duty with the Bank, 15th August, 1919.

Egan, Nicholas Joseph — Lieutenant, M.C. Born 17th
December, 1890, at DubUn, Ireland. Father, John J. Egan,
Magistrate. Educated at Blackrock College, Dublin, and Leipsic
University, Germany. Entered the service of the Bank, 14th
September, 1912. EnHsted, 11th April, 1915, from WelUngton
Street, Sherbrooke, branch, in 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles, with
the rank of Private. Transferred to Royal DubUn Fusiliers, 6th
November, 1915, with the rank of Second Lieutenant. Promoted
Lieutenant, 1st July, 1917. Principal actions: Loos, April, 1916
(gas attack). Bombing operations at Hohenzollern Redoubt, 1917.
Awarded
The Military Cross
"For conspicuous gallantry. Captain Manning
and Second Lieutenant Egan, by skilful and deter-
mined handling of their bombing parties, drove off
three determined bomb attacks by the enemy in
greatly superior numbers. They continued to



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command their parties after they had both been

wounded." {London Gazette, 27th July, 1916.)

Mentioned in Despatches

for

Gallant and Distinguished Service in the Field.

Severe gun shot wound in the left thigh. Demobilized, August,

1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 23rd September, 1919.

Retired from the service of the Bank, 31st July, 1920.

+ELDERKIN, William Arthur— Private. Born 7th July, 1889,
at Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. Father, J. Alfred Elderkin,
Farmer and Fruit Grower. Educated at WoKville Public Schools
and Acadia College. Entered the service of the Bank, 1st June,
1907. Enhsted, July, 1915, from Blaine Lake branch, in 3rd
University Company, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light In-
fantry, with the rank of Private. Principal actions: Third
Battle of Ypres (Sanctuary Wood), 1916.

Killed in Action, 24th June, 1916.

Note: We are informed that Private Elderkin was on look-
out duty in the front line at the time of his death, during an attack
by the enemy with gas and hquid fire.

Ellett, John Frederick — Sergeant. Born 13th November,
1896, at Sandy Lake, Strathcona, Alberta, Canada. Father,
F. Ellett, Farmer. Entered the service of the Bank, 9th November,
1915. Enlisted, 16th May, 1916, from Stony Plain branch, in
202nd Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Subsequently
promoted Sergeant. Transferred to 31st Canadian Battalion,
27th May, 1917. Demobihzed, 11th July, 1919.

Elliot, Stuart Chesser — Lieutenant. Born 2nd December,
1892, at Edinburgh, Scotland. Father, William Elliot, Contractor.
Educated at Trinity Academy, Edinburgh. Entered the service
of the Bank, 13th September, 1912. Enhsted, November, 1917,
from Watson branch, in Royal Flying Corps, with the rank of
Fhght Cadet. Transferred to Royal Air Force, 1st April, 1918.
Promoted Second Lieutenant, 13th June, 1918; Lieutenant, 13th
June, 1919. Service: With 85th Scout Squadron, Royal Air Force.
Demobihzed, 28th September, 1919. Returned to duty with the
Bank, 7th November, 1919.

Elliott, Edward Herbert Percy — Gunner. Born 1st
April, 1896. Father, E. M. EUiott, Treasurer, County of Peter-
boro. Entered the service of the Bank, 30th June, 1913.



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Enlisted, February, 1918, from Bloor & Yonge, Toronto, branch,
in 67th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, with the rank of Gunner.
Elliott, George Thomas — Corporal, D.C.M. Born 10th
November, 1898, at Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Father, Thomas
Elliott, Baker. Educated at Ottawa PubHc School. Entered the
service of the Bank, 1st June, 1914. Enlisted, 23rd August, 1915,
from Ottawa branch, in S'Jnd Battery, Canadian Field Artillery,
with the rank of Gunner. Transferred to 25th Battery, Canadian
Field Artillery, 15th November, 1915. Promoted Bombardier, 1st
June, 1917; Corporal, 4th August, 1918. Principal actions: St.
Eloi, Somme, 1916; Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Lens, Passchendaele,
1917; Amiens, Arras, Canal du Nord, Cambrai, Valenciennes,
Mons, to Bonn, Germany, 1918.

Awarded
The Distinguished Conduct Medal
"On 17th August, 1918, during an attack south of
Maucourt, he time after time patrolled the lines,
repairing breaks under heavy fire and sending back
valuable information. Again on 2nd September,
acting as runner, he carried important messages
under heavy fire. On both dates he showed con-
spicuous gallantry and rendered excellent service."
(LondoTi Gazette Supplement, March 9th, 1920.)
Also Awarded
The Belgian Croix de Guerre.
Demobilized, 26th May, 1919. Subsequent occupation : Resumed
studies, 1st August, 1919.

Ellis, Reagh Havelock — Second Lieutenant. Born 13th
June, 1896, at Alberton, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Father,
George B. EUis, Farmer. Educated at Prince of Wales College and
Normal School. Entered the service of the Bank, 30th May, 1916.
Enhsted, 12th January, 1918, from Alberton branch, in Royal
Flying Corps, with the rank of FHght Cadet. Transferred to Royal
Air Force, 1st April, 1918. Promoted Second Lieutenant, 4th
September, 1918. Service: Pilot in Royal Air Force. DemobiUzed,
12th July, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 15th
August, 1919. Retired from the service of the Bank, 6th December,
1919, to accept a position with the Sydney office of Armour &
Company.

Ellis, Wilfred Danct — Private. Born 18th September,
1895, at Croydon, England. Father, Joseph ElUs (retired).
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England. Entered the service of the Bank, 23rd November, 1912.
Enlisted, 4th February, 1916, from Head Office, Toronto, in 4th
Canadian Divisional Cyclist Company, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to Canadian Corps Cyclist Battalion, France, Decem-
ber, 1917. Promoted Lance-Corporal, 10th February, 1916;
Corporal, 3rd March, 1916. (Reverted to ranks on proceeding to
France). Principal action: Lens Front, 1917-1918. Gun shot
wound in the right knee, January, 1918. Demobilized, 9th
January, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 13th January,
1919.

+ELSLEY, Lloyd — Lieutenant. Born 24th November, 1895, at
Kingsmill, Ontario, Canada. Father, David W. Elsley, Farmer.
Educated at Hawkesville Public School and Gait Collegiate Insti-
tute. Entered the service of the Bank, 1st May, 1913. EnUsted,
December, 1915, from Collingwood branch, in 129th Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 77th Canadian
Battalion, and subsequently to Royal Flying Corps. Promoted
Lieutenant, 7th February, 1916. Service: Engaged as an observer
in the Royal Flying Corps, in France.

Killed in Action, 5th April, 1917.

Note: Lieutenant Elsley and his pilot failed to return from
an observation patrol over enemy territory on 5th April, 1917. It
was afterwards learned from German prisoners that an aeroplane
bearing the same number, and of the same class as Lieutenant
Elsley 's had been brought down some sixty miles behind the German
lines, both the occupants being killed. On enquiry by the Red
Cross Society, this statement was verified and the plane located,
but no clue could be obtained as to the location of the grave of
either officer.

Elwood, John Yeates — Gunner. Born 2nd August, 1898,
at Moosomin, Saskatchewan, Canada. Father, Edward Lindsay
Elwood, Judge, Court of Appeal. Educated at Regina Collegiate
Institute. Entered the service of the Bank, 26th March, 1915.
Enlisted, 20th July, 1916, from Regina branch, in 77th Depot
Battery, Canadian Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Trans-
ferred to Canadian Reserve Artillery, England, 13th October, 1916.
Proceeded to France, July, 1918. Transferred to 9th Canadian
Siege Battery, shortly after Armistice. Service: Attached to the
67th (Imperial) Brigade, 1st Army, near Lens, until after Armistice.
Demobilized, 13th May, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank,
10th June, 1919.



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Emerson, George Moore — Captain, O.B.E. Born 8th Feb-
ruary, 1895, at St. John's, Newfoundland. Father, Judge Emerson.
Educated at St. Bonaventure's College, St. John's, Newfoundland,
and Ampleforth College, York, England. Entered the service of
the Bank, 29th December, 1913. Enlisted, 22nd September, 1915.
from Windsor, N.S., branch, in Royal Newfoundland Regiment,
with the rank of Private. Promoted Lance-Corporal, October,
1915; Corporal, November, 1915; Sergeant, December, 1915;
Second Lieutenant, April, 1916; Lieutenant, September, 1917;
Captain, March, 1918. Principal action: Gueudecourt, 1916.
Appointed
An Officer of the Order of the British Empire
for
Services in Organization Work.
Gun shot wound in the right thigh, 12th October, 1916. Demobil-
ized, 31st August, 1919.

+Emmerson, Frederick Laurier — Private. Born 28th Oct-
ober, 1895, at Petitcodiac, New Brunswick, Canada. Father,
Frederick W. Emmerson, Judge of Probates, Westmoreland County.
Educated at Aberdeen High School, Moncton, and Acadia Colle-
giate Academy, Wolfville, N.S. Entered the service of the Bank,
23rd February, 1915. Enhsted, August, 1915, from Moncton
branch, in 104th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 26th (New Brunswick) Battalion, December, 1916.
Principal actions: Vimy Ridge, Lens, 1917.
Killed in Action, 1st May, 1917.

Emtage, Gerald Nurse — Bombardier. Born 21st Septem-
ber, 1892, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.xA.. Father, George
A. Emtage, Planter. Educated at Lodge School, Barbados, B.W.L
Entered the service of the Bank, 1st March, 1912, from Eastern
Townships Bank. Enhsted, 20th December, 1915, from Manson-
ville branch, in 35th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, with
the rank of Signaller. Promoted Bombardier, 25th August, 1916.
Principal actions: Somme, 1916; Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Passchen-
daele, 1917. Wounded in the right ankle, 29th October, 1917.
Demobihzed, 15th July, 1918, on account of being medically
unfit for further mihtary service. Returned to duty with the
Bank, 15th September, 1918. Retired from the service of the
Bank, 31st August, 1920.

Evans, Frank Charles Studdart — Private. Born 22nd
April, 1898. Father, H. P. D. Evans, Manager, Molsons Bank,



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Ridgetown, Ontario. Entered the service of the Bank, 4th March,

1918. Enlisted, 16th May, 1918, from Walkerville branch, in
Canadian Engineers, with the rank of Sapper. Proceeded Over-
seas, 27th July, 1918. Transferred to Canadian Machine Gun
Depot, November, 1918. Service in England.

Evans, Neil Fred — Second Lieutenant. Born 13th February,
1893, at Nanticoke, Ontario, Canada. Father, Charles R. Evans,
Manufacturer's Agent. Educated at Hagersville High School.
Entered the service of the Bank, 30th x\ugust, 1912. EnUsted, 12th
October, 1917, from Market, Toronto, branch, in Canadian Army
Service Corps, with the rank of Private. Transferred to Royal Air
Force, 9th December, 1918. Promoted Lance-Corporal, February,
1918; Second Lieutenant, February, 1919. Service: With Can-
adian Army Service Corps, Motor Transport, Bramshott, and
training in Royal Air Force in England. Demobilized, 11th April,

1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 8th April, 1919.

Evans, Thomas Humphrey — Corporal. Born 22nd Nov-
ember, 1889, at Mawphlang, India. Father, Robert Evans,
Missionary. Educated at Grammar School, Bangor, North Wales.
Entered the service of the Bank, 18th October, 1911. Enlisted, 14th
August, 1915, from Lethbridge branch, in 68th Canadian Battalion,
with the rank of Private. Transferred to 3rd Canadian Pioneers,
5th October, 1915; 7th Canadian Battalion, May, 1917. Promoted
Lance-Corporal, March, 1916; Corporal, 24th October, 1916.
Principal actions: Ypres, June, 1916; Somme, September, and
October, 1916; Vimy Ridge, April, 1917; Hill 70, August, 1917;
Bullet wound in the left arm, 15th August, 1917. Demobilized,
11th February, 1919. Subsequent occupation: Salesmanship.

•i-ExsHAW, Edward Halidat — Private. Born 9th January,
1895, at Dungannon, Ireland. Father, T. C. Exshaw, Accountant,
Provincial Bank of Ireland. Educated at King's Hospital, Dublin.
Entered the service of the Bank, 9th May, 1913. Enlisted, Sep-
tember, 1914, from Salmon Arm branch, in 15th Canadian Bat-
talion, with the rank of Private. Principal actions: Somme, 1916;
Vimy Ridge, Lens, Hill 70, 1917. Severely wounded in the chest
at Hill 70, 16th August, 1917.

Died of Wounds, 16th August, 1917.

Eyres, Lawrence Herbert — Gunner. Born 3rd August,
1898, at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Father, H. W. Eyres,
Grain Broker. Educated at Mulvey School, Winnipeg, and Kelvin
Technical School. Entered the service of the Bank, 24th August,



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1915. Enlisted, March, 1917, from Winnipeg branch, in 76th
Depot Battery, Canadian Artillery, with the rank of Gunner.
Transferred to Canadian Reserve Artillery, Witley, September,
1917; !2nd Canadian Siege Battery, October, 1917. Principal
actions: Passchendaele, 1917; Amiens, Arras, Cambrai, Valen-
ciennes, 1918. Demobilized, 11th May, 1919. Returned to duty
with the Bank, 9th June, 1919. 299.

Faichney, William Stirling — Gunner. Born 11th April,

1893, at Stirlingshire, Scotland. Father, B. Faichney, Estate
Factor (deceased). Educated at Strathblane Public School, Wood-
side Higher Grade School, Glasgow, and Hillhead Higher Grade
School, Glasgow, Entered the service of the Bank, 29th May, 1911.
Enhsted, 26th December, 1916, from Ottawa branch, in 253rd
(Queen's University) Highland Battalion, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 73rd Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, 11th April,
1917. Trained in Canada only, on account of being medically unfit
for active service. Demobilized, 22nd May, 1917. Returned to
duty with the Bank, 19th April, 1917.

Falconer, Ian Croil — Lieutenant, M.C. Born 10th Oct-
ober, 1893. Father, Rev. R. H. Falconer, Secretary, National
Bible Society of Scotland. Entered the service of the Bank, 26th
June, 1913. Enlisted, December, 1915, from San Francisco branch
(unit unknown) . Transferred to The Royal Scots, Special Reserve,
with the rank of Second Lieutenant. Promoted Lieutenant.
Awarded
The Military Cross
"During a night attack on our outpost line, this
officer, seeing that the enemy had got behind his post,
led out a party under heavy fire and drove them back
with heavy losses. He displayed conspicuous
gallantry in the engagement, and it was owing to his
leadership and initiative that the outpost line was
able to hold out."

(London Gazette, 11th October, 1918.)
Wounded, March, 1917. Subsequent occupation: Employed with
Hatch, Carter & Company, Tientsin, China. 219.

Falkner, Ivan Port — Lieutenant. Born, 17th February,

1894, at Sawston, Cambridge, England. Father, John Charles
Falkner, Superintendent of Schools. Educated at Perse Grammar
School, Cambridge. Entered the service of the Bank, 10th June,
1912. Enhsted, 13th February, 1915, from Elbow branch, in 10th
Canadian Mounted Rifles, with the rank of Trooper. Transferred



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to 65th Canadian Battalion, June, 1915; 53rd Canadian Battalion
February, 1916; 13th Canadian Battalion, May, 1916. Promoted
Lieutenant, June, 1915. Principal actions: Sanctuary Wood,
Ypres, 1916. Blinded, July, 1916 (sight subsequently recovered);
compound fracture of the left thigh, November, 1916. Demob-
ilized, 10th July, 1917, on account of being physically unfit for
further military service, owing to severity of wounds. Returned
to duty with the Bank, 10th December, 1917. Retired from the
service of the Bank, 1st December, 1919, on account of ill health.

'>Falkner, William Harold — Second Lieutenant. Born 18th
June, 1888, at Lancaster, Ontario, Canada. Father, Dr. Alexander
Falkner, Physician. Educated at Public and High Schools,
WilHamstown. Entered the service of the Bank, 11th October,
1909. EnHsted, 20th May, 1916, from Ottawa branch, where he
was Accountant, in 74th Canadian Battalion. Transferred to
Royal Flying Corps, 19th November, 1916, with the rank of Second
Lieutenant. Service: Trained in England in the Royal Flying
Corps. In France from 22nd September, 1917, as Inspector and
Test Pilot on machines.

Killed on Active Service at Doullens, France, on 20th October,
1917, owing to engine failure after a long flight, and buried at
Doullens with full Military Honours, 22nd October, 1917. 239.

Falle, Theodore de Carteret — Captain, M.C. Born 5th
August, 1887, at Brampton, Cumberland, England. Father, Very
Reverend Samuel Falle (Dean of Jersey). Educated at Chelten-
ham College and Oxford Universit}^ Entered the service of the
Bank, 26th April, 1912. Enhsted, 17th November, 1914, from
Pincher Creek branch, in 31st Canadian Battalion, with the rank
of Private. Transferred to 4th Royal Irish FusiHers, 1st October,
1915; 7th Royal Irish Fusiliers, 7th May, 1916; 1st Royal Irish
FusiHers, 17th May, 1918. Promoted Lance-Corporal, March, 1915;
Corporal, May, 1915; Second Lieutenant, 1st October, 1915;
Lieutenant, 17th July, 1916; Captain, 5th October, 1916. Prin-
cipal actions : Loos, Somme, 1916; Messines Ridge, 1917; Bailleul,
Neuve EgUse, 1918.

Awarded
The Military Cross

"For conspicuous gallantry during operations.
On three occasions he made a personal reconnaissance
under heavy machine-gun fire, and returned with
reports which were of the utmost value. His coolness



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and disregard of danger were most marked through-
out the advance." (Supplement to the London
Gazette, 2nd December, 1918.)

Mentioned in Despatches

(October, 1916)

for

Gallant and Distinguished Service in the Field.

Awarded

Parchment Certificate

16th (Imperial) Division

(7th June, 1917)

for

Gallantry in Action.

Wounded (gun shot) in the hand, 7th June, 1917.

+Fane, Robert Frank— Private. Born 30th April, 1897.
Father, Sidney Lee Fane, Art Decorator (retired). Entered the
service of the Bank, 15th February, 1915. Enlisted, January,
1916, from Vermilion branch, in 151st Canadian Battalion, with
the rank of Private. Transferred to 10th Canadian Battalion.
Killed in Action, 11th November, 1917.

Farmer, Donogh Ernest — Sergeant. Born 16th July, 1899,
at Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Father, William Farmer,
Contractor. Educated at Grand Forks, B.C., Public and High
Schools. Entered the service of the Bank, 19th February, 1915.
Enlisted, 3rd June, 1916, from Grand Forks branch in 196th
Canadian Battahon, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 2nd
Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps, March, 1917. Promoted
Corporal, December, 1917; Sergeant, March, 1918. Principal
actions: Hill 70, Passchendaele, 1917; Somme, Cambrai, 1918.
Demobilized, 11th July, 1919. Subsequent occupation: Assistant
Experimental Engineer, Portland Gas and Coke Company.

Fee, John Robert — Company Sergeant-Major. Born 8th
December, 1894, at Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Father, Rev.
W. M. Fee, M.A., Clergyman. Entered the service of the Bank,
28th June, 1915. Enlisted, 7th July, 1915, from Saskatoon branch, in
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, with the rank of
Private. Promoted Company Sergeant-Major. Gun shot wound
in the right leg, 15th November, 1916. Demobilized, 26th Nov-
ember, 1918.

Fennell, John Frederick — Corporal. Born 4th January,
1891, at Abberley, Worcestershire, England. Father, G. Fennell,



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Surveyor. Entered the service of the Bank, 3rd September, 1915.
EnHsted, 14th February, 1916, from High River branch, in 137th
Canadian Battahon, with the rank of Private. Promoted Corporal.
Demobihzed, 2nd July, 1919.

Ferguson, James Alexander — Flight Cadet. Born 20th
January, 1892, at Belgrave, Ontario, Canada. Father, Andrew
Ferguson, Farmer. Educated at Union School No. 17, Belgrave,
Ontario; Wingham High School, and Spotton Business College,
Wingham. Entered the service of the Bank, 10th July, 1911.
Enlisted, 24th March, 1918, from Sherbrooke branch, in Royal
Air Force, with the rank of FUght Cadet. Service: Training for
Pilot's Certificate in Canada. Demobihzed, 4th December, 1918.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 16th December, 1918. Retired
from the service of the Bank, 30th August, 1919.

"{"Ferguson, Roderick Mackenzie — Second Lieutenant.
Born 5th December, 1894, at Ashford, Kent, England. Father,
John Macrae Ferguson, I.S.O., Civil Servant (retired). Educated
at George Watson's College, Edinburgh. Entered the service
of the Bank, 13th December, 1913. Enhsted, October, 1914,
from Kingston branch, in 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles, with the
rank of Private. Transferred to Gordon Highlanders, 10th Feb-
ruary, 1916, with the rank of Second Lieutenant. Service and
principal actions : Trench Warfare, Winter of 1915-1916; Beaumont-
Hamel (Somme), 1916.

Killed in Action at Beaumont-Hamel, 13th November, 1916.

"He died a noble death, leading his platoon, in the performance
of his duty." — His Commanding Officer's letter, 17th February,
1917.

Fernie, Frederick — Sergeant. Born 14th June, 1892, at
Alloa, Scotland. Father, James A. Fernie, Farmer (retired).
Educated at Stanley House, Bridge of Allan. Entered the service
of the Bank, 19th October, 1909. Enhsted, 15th August, 1914,
from Innisfail branch, in Lord Strathcona's Horse (R.C.), with the
rank of Private. Transferred to Canadian Headquarters, London,
England, September, 1915. Promoted Sergeant, February, 1916.
Principal action: Festubert, May, 1915. Wounded, 24th May,
1915. Demobilized, 15th September, 1919. Returned to duty
with the Bank, 25th October, 1919.

Fernie, William Hobbs — Lieutenant. Born 7th October,
1889, at Edinburgh, Scotland. Father, James Fernie, Wholesale
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and University of Edinburgh. Entered the service of the Bank,
24th July, 1911. EnUsted, 11th March, 1916, from Inspector's
Department, Winnipeg, in 197th Canadian BattaHon, with the
rank of Private. Promoted Corporal, May, 1916; Sergeant, May,
1916; Lieutenant, August, 1916. Service: Engaged in recruiting
work in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
Demobilized, 23rd May, 1917. Subsequent occupation : Secretary-
Treasurer, The Pacific Marine Insurance Company, Vancouver,
B.C., 1st December, 1917.

FiCE, Percy Wellington — Lieutenant. Born 17th April,
1896. Father, Charles Edward Fice, Commercial Traveller.
Entered the service of the Bank, 9th July, 1911. EnHsted, May,
1916, from Toronto branch.

Fidler, Ernest William — Staff Sergeant. Born 20th April,
1896, at Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Father, J. Ernest Fidler.
Banker. Educated at Brockville and Woodstock Collegiate
Institutes. Entered the service of the Bank, 18th August, 1911,
EnHsted, 20th May, 1917, from Parry Sound branch, in Royal
Flying Corps, with the rank of FHght Cadet. Transferred to No.
2, Special Service Company, 1st August, 1917; 2nd BattaHon,
Canadian Garrison Regiment, 1st July, 1918; Canadian Army Pay