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Stock and Share Broker. Educated at Cork Grammar School, and
Royal University (Matriculation). Entered the service of the
Bank, 14th March, 1913. Enlisted, 20th August, 1914, from
Edmonton branch, in Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry,
with the rank of Private. Transferred to Canadian Army Medical
Corps, 22nd January, 1916. Promoted Lance-Corporal, 29th
March, 1915; Corporal, 26th February, 1916; Sergeant, 16th May,
1916; Staff Sergeant, 8th June, 1917; Quartermaster-Sergeant, 1st
November, 1917; Regimental Sergeant-Major, 19th February,
1919. Service and principal action: Second Battle of Ypres, May,
1915. Administrative work from March, 1916, till demobiliza-
tion, with Medical Service.

"Brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for
Valuable Service rendered in connection with the War."

Invalided to England suffering from nephritis. Returned to
duty with the Bank, 3rd November, 1919. 43.

Fowler, William Alexander — Captain. Born 23rd Feb-
ruary, 1889. Entered the service of the Bank, 1st March, 1912,
from Eastern Townships Bank. EnUsted, May, 1915, from Mon-
treal branch, in 60th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private.
Promoted Pay Sergeant, and subsequently Lieutenant and Captain.

+Fowler, William Henry — Private. Born 7th August, 1893,
at Cork, Ireland. Father, John B. Fowler, Stock and Share Broker.
Educated at Cork Grammar School, and National University, Cork.
Entered the service of the Bank, 6th March, 1912. Enlisted,
August, 1914, from Herbert branch, in 7th Canadian Battalion,
with the rank of Private. Principal action; Second Battle of
Ypres, April, 1915.

Killed in Action, 27th April, 1915.

Note: Mr. W. H. Fowler was one of three brothers in the
service of The Canadian Bank of Commerce, all of whom enlisted
with the First Canadian Contingent, and saw service in France
early in 1915. A fourth and younger brother was a Second Lieu-
tenant in the 3rd Leinster Regiment, and was killed in October,
1916.

(Brother of J. G. and R. T. Fowler). 43.



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Fox, Charles James — Sergeant. Born 31st July, 1893, at
Belfast, Ireland. Father, John Fox, Engineer. Educated at
Skerry's Institute and St. Malachy's College, Belfast. Entered
the service of the Bank, 1st May, 1912. Enlisted, 5th January,
1915, from Edmonton branch, in 51st Canadian Battalion, with the
rank of Private. Transferred to 4th Canadian Battalion, July,
1915; General Headquarters Third Echelon, France, October, 1916.
Promoted Sergeant, October, 1918. Service and principal actions:
Ypres, Somme, 1916; Orderly Room Clerk in General Headquar-
ters, 3rd Echelon, Rouen, France, from October, 1916.

Mentioned in Despatches
Shrapnel wound — fracture of the left arm. Demobilized, 15th
August, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 16th October,
1919.

Fox, Ernest Sidney — Lieutenant. Born 9th December,
1895. Father, John Fox, Comptroller of Post Office Savings Bank,
Colombo, Ceylon. Entered the service of the Bank, 2nd August,
1912. Left Elbow branch to return to England to take up military
duty, 15th May, 1915. Enlisted in London Scottish Regiment,
with the rank of Private. Subsequently transferred to 2nd Bat-
talion, West Yorkshire Regiment, as Second Lieutenant. Promoted
Lieutenant.

FoxALL, Edwin — Sapper. Born 17th September, 1896, at
Dublin, Ireland. Father, James Foxall, Agent, Bank of Ireland,
Mountmellick, Queen's County, Ireland. Educated at Dundalk,
County Louth, Ireland. Entered the service of the Bank, 6th
April, 1914. Enlisted, 29th January, 1916, from Grandview
branch, in 107th (Manitoba) Battalion, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 1st Canadian Divisional Signal Company, 1st June,
1918. Principal actions: Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Passchendaele,
1917; Amiens, Arras, Cambrai, Valenciennes, 1918. Returned to
duty with the Bank, 30th May, 1919.

Eraser, Alexander — Captain. Born 17th January, 1893,
at Edinburgh, Scotland. Father, Thomas Eraser, Wine and Spirit
Merchant. Educated at George Watson's College, Edinburgh, and
Heriot-Watt College, Edinburgh. Entered the service of the
Bank, 9th July, 1912. Left Sherbrooke branch, 31st December,
1914, and enUsted November, 1915, in 4th Battalion, The Royal
Scots, Q.E.R., with the rank of Second Lieutenant. Seconded
to the Labour Corps, October, 1917. Promoted Lieutenant,
July, 1917; Captain, October, 1917. Service and principal



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actions: Egyptian Campaign, January, 1916, to July, 1917;

Scottish Command, October, 1917 — administrative duties.

Mentioned in Despatches

of

General Sir Archibald Murray

6th July, 1917,

for

Services as Transport Officer of 4th Royal Scots.

Torpedoed on H.M.T. "Arcadian" in the Mediterranean, April,

1917 — wounded in the head and arm. Returned to duty with the

Bank, 14th July, 1919.

Fraser, George Hanlon Bevis — Bombardier. Born 11th
September, 1898, at Morewood, Ontario, Canada. Father, Robert
Fraser (retired). Educated at Russell High School and Alberta
College. Entered the service of the Bank, 7th September, 1915.
EnUsted, 14th June, 1916, from Kerrobert branch, in 77th Battery,
Canadian Field Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Transferred
to 1st Canadian Divisional Ammunition Column, November, 1916;
1st Canadian Divisional Trench Mortar Battery, April, 1917;
1st Canadian Divisional Artillery Staff, February, 1918. Pro-
moted Bombardier, November, 1917. On active service from
November, 1917, to Armistice. Demobilized, 9th May, 1919.
Subsequent occupation: Joined la Banque d' Hochelaga, 1st July,
1919, as Teller.

+FRASER, George William Alexander — Sergeant. Born 9th
December, 1891, at Fermoy, Ireland. Father, John Fraser, Army
Pensioner. Educated at St. Andrews, Lhanbryde, Morayshire,
Scotland, and Milne's Institute, Fochabers, Morayshire, Scotland,
Entered the service of the Bank, 14th June, 1911. Enlisted,
August, 1914, from Winnipeg branch, in 16th (Canadian Scottish)
Battalion, with the rank of Private. Promoted Sergeant. Prin-
cipal actions: Second Battle of Ypres, Festubert, 1915; St. Eloi,
(Sanctuary Wood), 1916.

Killed in Action at St. Eloi, 13th June, 1916.

Recommended for a Commission two days before being killed
in action.

Note : A younger brother of Mr. Fraser was an officer in the
Royal Air Force, and died on active service.

Eraser, John Alexander Cameron — Captain. Born 2nd
March, 1893, at Croy, Inverness, Scotland. Father, Donald
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Inverness, Public School, and Hopeman Higher Grade Public
School. Entered the service of the Bank, 13th June, 1911.
Enlisted, 31st October, 1914, from Kindersley branch, in 1st Can-
adian Mounted Rifles, with the rank of Private. Transferred to
6th Battalion (Seaforth Highlanders), 24th January, 1915; Black
Watch (Royal Highlanders), as Adjutant, October, 1917.
Promoted Sergeant shortly after enlistment; Second Lieutenant,
26th March, 1915; Lieutenant, 1st July, 1917; Captain, 29th
October, 1917. Principal actions and service; Somnie, 1916;
Vimy Ridge, 1917; retained at home as Officer Instructor in charge
of Recruits. Wounded — multiple — (severe) in the head, face,
neck, left thigh and right hand, 5th August, 1916.

Fhaser, Peter Wilkie — Gunner. Born 3rd August, 1894,
at Allanfearn, Inverness-shire, Scotland. Father, Hugh Eraser,
Station Master. Educated at Elgin Academy, Elgin, Morayshire,
Scotland. Entered the service of the Bank, 27th January, 1910.
Enlisted, 16th June, 1916, from Kerrobert branch, in 77th Battery,
Canadian Field Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Transferred
to 22nd Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, 10th November, 1916.
Principal actions: Somme, 1916; Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Passchen-
daele, 1917; Amiens, Cambrai, 1918. Gassed, 6th September, 1918.
Demobilized, 20th February, 1919. Returned to duty with the
Bank, 17th February, 1919.

Freeman, Herbert Arthur Cecil — Sergeant. Born 4th
June, 1892, at Greenwich, London, England. Father, Rev. Herbert
Fitzackerby Freeman, Church of England Clergyman. Educated
at St. John's School, Leatherhead, Surrey, England. Entered the
service of the Bank, 13th May, 1913. Enlisted, 16th June, 1916,
from Superintendent's Department, Vancouver, in Canadian Army
Service Corps, Motor Transport, with the rank of Private. Trans-
ferred to Headquarters, Overseas Military Forces of Canada,
London, March, 1917. Promoted Corporal, December, 1916;
Sergeant, February, 1917. Employed with Investigation Depart-
ment of Director of Supplies and Transport, March, 1917, to March,
1918, and at Headquarters, Argyll House Accounts Branch,
Quartermaster-General's Department. Demobilized, 23rd Sep-
tember, 1918, on account of being medically unfit for further
military service. Subsequent occupation: With London Joint City
and Midland Bank, Limited.

^Freeman, James — Private. Born 22nd September, 1889, at
Luthermuir, Marykirk, Scotland. Father, James Freeman, Boot-
maker. Educated at Luthermuir Public School. Entered the



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service of the Bank, 28th March, 1912. Enlisted, January, 1915,
from Outlook branch, in 43rd Battalion (Cameron Highlanders of
Canada), with the rank of Private. Service: On active service in
France from November, 1916.

Died of pleuro-pneumonia, at No. 23 Casualty Clearing Station,
France, 26th February, 1917.

•i-FRUs, Count Ove Krag Juel Vind — Private. Born 6th
October, 1890, in Barony of Juellinge, Denmark. Father, Count
Jens Christian Kray Juel Vind Frijs, Baron of Juellinge in the
Peerage of Denmark. Educated at Rungsted, Denmark. Entered
the service of the Bank, 10th November, 1913. Enlisted, October,
1914, from Hafford branch, in 28th Canadian Battalion, with the
rank of Private. Principal action: Ypres, 1915.

Killed in Action, by a sniper, 15th November, 1915.

"A very gallant gentleman, an honour to the Kingdom from
which he came. His charm of manner, his attractive appearance,
his courage and his willingness to work, made him more than
popular with us all. We have had several casualties in our platoon
but none caused so deep a feeling of sorrow." — Extract from a
letter from some of his comrades.

Note : Count Frijs was shot through the head while repairing
a parapet under enemy fire. He died instantaneously. He is
buried in the military cemetery at Kemmel, a little village about
ten kilometres south of Ypres.

Frost, Reginald Hanbt — Second Lieutenant. Born 26th
August, 1890, at London, England. Father, Walter Frost (retired).
Educated at City of London College. Entered the service of the
Bank, 1st February, 1916. Enlisted, 31st May, 1916, from Queen
East, Toronto, branch, in 216th Canadian Battalion, with the rank
of Private. Transferred to 255th Canadian Battalion. January,
1917; Canadian Pay Office, London, June, 1917. Promoted Lance-
Corporal, July, 1916; Sergeant, September, 1916. Transferred to
Royal Field Artillery, as Cadet, June, 1918. Promoted Second
Lieutenant, November, 1918. Service: Employed in the Canadian
Army Pay Office, June, 1917, to June, 1918. Demobilized, 7th
April, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 1st May, 1919.

FuKE, Harry John — Private. Born 26th November, 1895,
at Exeter, Ontario, Canada. Father, A. E. Fuke, Contractor.
Educated at Exeter High School. Entered the service of the Bank,
17th June, 1912. Enlisted, 15th April, 1918, from Parkhill branch,
in 67th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, with the rank of Gunner.



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Transferred to Canadian Army Pay Corps, 23rd January, 1919.
Demobilized, 31st August, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank,
10th November, 1919.

Note: Mr. Fuke was rejected on medical grounds in 1916 and
again in 1917.

Gaine, Arnold — Lieutenant. Born 8th October, 1892, at
South Shields, England. Father, George G. Gaine, Master Mariner.
Educated at Chester Road School, Sunderland. Entered the
service of the Bank, 28th June, 1911. Enlisted, 23rd November,
1914, from Keremeos branch, in 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles,
with the rank of Private. Transferred to 11th Canadian Mounted
Rifles, 24th February, 1915; 103rd Canadian Battalion; 8th
Infantry Brigade Headquarters, 30th November, 1916; 7th Infantry
Brigade Headquarters, 1st January, 1917; Canadian Forestry
Corps; attached Independent Air Force with Aerodrome Construc-
tion Company, 30th August, 1918; Canadian Corps Reinforcement
Camp, as Adjutant, 1st February, 1919; Canadian Forestry Corps
Base Depot, England, 15th May, 1919. Promoted Captain and
employed on Headquarters Staff, 1st January, 1917, later reverting
to Lieutenant to proceed to France. Service: Employed in Eng-
land and in France in an administrative capacity. Returned to
duty with the Bank, 1st March, 1920.

Gaik, William Randolph— Private. Born 13th April, 1897,
at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada. Father, K. Gair,
Farmer. Entered the service of the Bank, 6th January, 1917.
Enlisted, 1st March, 1917, from Shaunavon branch, in Lord Strath-
cona's Horse, with the rank of Private. Transferred to Canadian
Cavalry Reserve Depot, 8th November, 1918; Canadian Reserve
Cavalry Regiment, 23rd December, 1918. Wounded (gun shot),
in the shoulder, 9th October, 1918. Demobilized, 24th February,
1919.

+Galaugher, William Nelson — Lieutenant. Born 12th July,
1888, at Omemee, Ontario, Canada. Father, Alexander Galaugher
(deceased). Educated at Public and High Schools, Omemee.
Entered the service of the Bank, 29th July, 1907. Enlisted, 4th
August, 1914, from Chatham branch, where he was Accountant,
in 24th (miUtia) Regiment, with the rank of Lieutenant. Sub-
sequently joined the First Canadian Division.
Killed in Action, 20th March, 1915.

Galbraith, John Francis — Second Lieutenant. Born 7th
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Thomas Galbraith (retired). Educated at Royal School, Cavan,
Ireland. Entered the service of the Bank, 9th January, 1914.
Enlisted, 9th May, 1918, from Red Deer branch, in Royal Air
Force, with the rank of Flight Cadet. Promoted Second Lieu-
tenant. Service: Under course of training in aviation until the
Armistice. Returned to duty with the Bank, 30th July, 1919.

Galbraith, John Happell, Jr. — Sergeant. Born 11th
February, 1893, at Glasgow, Scotland. Father, John Happell
Galbraith, Book Agent. Educated at Biggar High School.
Entered the service of the Bank, 1st October, 1910. Enlisted,
5th September, 1915, from Edmonton branch, in 63rd Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 5th Canadian
Battalion, June, 1916; Canadian Army Pay Corps, May, 1917.
Promoted Sergeant, September, 1917. Principal actions: Somme,
Ypres, 1916. Gun shot wound in the right lung, liver, left arm
and right leg, 26th September, 1916. Demobilized, July, 1919.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 14th August, 1919.

Galbraith, William James Boyd — Lance-Corporal. Born
15th May, 1894, at Teulon, Manitoba, Canada. Father, D. G.
Galbraith (retired). Entered the service of the Bank, 15th March,
1915. Left Winnipeg branch, 4th August, 1915, to take up military
duty. Enlisted, in 184th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of
Private. Transferred to 78th Canadian BattaHon, 12th February,

1917. Promoted Lance-Corporal, 29th March, 1917. Wounded.
Demobilized, 31st December, 1917, on account of being medically
unfit for further military service.

*Garden, Clarence Scott — Lieutenant. Born 1st October,
1891, at Seaforth, Ontario, Canada. Father, George F. S. Garden,
Grocer. Educated at Seaforth and Guelph Public Schools, and
Kitchener Business College. Entered the service of the Bank, 19th
April, 1910. Enlisted, 4th August, 1917, from Yonge & College,
Toronto, branch, in Royal Air Force, with the rank of Flight Cadet.
Promoted Second Lieutenant, December, 1917; Lieutenant, May,

1918. Service: Training in Canada and England.

Killed in a flying accident, 2nd June, 1918 (a spinning nose
dive from 2,000 feet to 900 feet and straight nose dive to earth),
at Hooton Hall, Cheshire, England. Buried with full miHtary
honours in the old church graveyard at Eastham, England.

Note: Lieutenant Garden was rejected as medically unfit for
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Gaeden, Robert Buchan — Private. Born 10th May, 1897,
at Buckie, Banffshire, Scotland. Father, Charles WiUiam Garden,
Insurance Agent. Educated at Buckie Higher Grade School.
Entered the service of the Bank, 6th January, 1913. Enlisted, 30th
September, 1915, from Head Office, Toronto, in 48th Highlanders
of Canada, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 92nd
Canadian Battalion; 15th Canadian Battalion, 7th August, 1916;
attached to 3rd Canadian Trench Mortar Battery, 23rd January,
1917, to 2nd September, 1918. Principal actions: Somme, 1916;
Vimy Ridge, April, 1917; Hill 70, August, 1917; German Advance,
March, 1918; Amiens, August, 1918; Neuville-Vitasse, August and
September, 1918. Shrapnel wound (slight), in the left knee, 15th
August, 1917; gassed and buried by shell-fire, 14th September, 1917;
fractured femur — gun shot wound in the left thigh, 2nd September,
1918.

Gardner, John Hartley — Gunner. Born 30th March, 1897,
at Belfast, Ireland. Father, S. W. C. Gardner, Linen Merchant.
Entered the service of the Bank, 19th August, 1913. Enhsted, 16th
August, 1916, from Vancouver branch, in 68th Battery, Canadian
Field Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Transferred to Canadian
Field Artillery in France. Shrapnel wound in the right foot, 21st
September, 1917. DemobiHzed, 3rd December, 1918.

Gear, Clement Manning H. — Private. Born 24th August,
1893, at Acton, Middlesex, England. Father, Arthur Gear, Artist
(Portrait Painter). Educated at Ardingly College, Sussex. En-
tered the service of the Bank, 13th December, 1915, as a temporary
clerk. Enlisted, 21st January, 1917, from London, England,
branch, in 9th Royal Sussex Regiment, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 7th Canadian Battalion, 23rd April, 1918. Prin-
cipal actions: St. Quentin, March, 1918; Amiens, Arras, Cambrai,
Mons, 1918.

Geddes, Harold Edward — Second Lieutenant. Born 27th
January, 1888, at Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada. Father, David
Geddes, Merchant. Educated at Port Elgin High School. Entered
the service of the Bank, 1st May, 1912. Enlisted, 11th May, 1917,
from Charlottetown branch, where he was Accountant, in Univer-
sity of Toronto Overseas Training Company, with the rank of
Private. Transferred to Imperial Army as candidate for commis-
sion, 31st December, 1917. Promoted Second Lieutenant, 29th
July, 1918. Service: The British Advance from August to Nov-
ember, 1918. Demobilized, 12th March, 1919. Returned to
duty with the Bank, 24th March, 1919.



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Geddes, Robert — Flight Cadet. Born 30th September,
1889, at Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Father, Robert Geddes, Farmer.
Educated at Tough Public School, and Burnett's College.
Entered the service of the Bank, 8th July, 1909. EnHsted, 11th
April, 1918, from Innisfail branch, in Royal Air Force, with the
rank of Private. Promoted Flight Cadet. Service: Trained in
the Royal Air Force in Canada. Course not completed owing to
Armistice. Demobilized, 1st December, 1918. Returned to duty
with the Bank, 16th December, 1918.

Geddes, William Cameron — Private. Born 11th November,
1896, at Belgrave, Ontario, Canada. Father, William J. Geddes,
Carpenter. Educated at Belgrave Public School, and Wingham
Business College. Entered the service of the Bank, 29th December,
1913. Enlisted, 24th April, 1918, from Dresden branch, in Western
Ontario Regiment, with the rank of Private. Service: Training
in Canada. Demobilized, 21st January, 1919. Returned to duty
with the Bank, lJ.th January, 1919.

Genest, Maurice Alphonse — Lieutenant. Born 21st Nov-
ember, 1897, at Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. Father, Joseph
Edouard Genest, (late) Protonotary of Sherbrooke, Quebec. Edu-
cated at St. Charles Seminary, Sherbrooke. Entered the service
of the Bank, 10th September, 1915. Enlisted, 9th August, 1917,
from St. Joseph de Beauce branch, in Royal Flying Corps, with
the rank of Flight Cadet. Transferred to Royal Air Force, 1st
April, 1918. Promoted Second Lieutenant, December, 1917;
Lieutenant, April, 1918. Served as Scout Pilot at the front.
Wounded in the thigh by a machine-gun bullet; leg broken as the
result of landing in a shell-hole. Demobihzed, 13th April, 1919.
Subsequent occupation: With Department of Soldiers' Civil Re-
establishment, Three Rivers, August, 1919.

George, Eric Hereford — Gunner. Born 3rd February,
1899, at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. Father, Francis
W. B. George, Broker. Educated at Macleod Public and High
Schools, and Bishop Pinkham's College, Calgary. Entered the
service of the Bank, 15th June, 1915. Enlisted, 3rd January, 1917,
from Macleod branch, in 78th Depot Battery, Canadian Field
Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Transferred to Canadian
Reserve Artillery, Shorncliffe, 15th March, 1917; 61st Battery,
Canadian Field Artillery, France, April, 1918. Service in France
from 1st April, 1918, to the Armistice. Demobilized, 23rd June,
1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 2nd July, 1920.



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Gibson, Alfred James Edward — Lieutenant, M.C. Born
12th September, 1890, at Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh, Ireland.
Father, The Rev. Canon Gibson, LL.D., Rector of New Ross,
Ireland. Educated at The Grammar School, Drogheda, County
Louth, Ireland, and Trinity College, Dublin. Entered the service
of the Bank, 26th October, 1912. Enlisted, 28th July, 1915, from
Red Deer branch, in Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry,
with the rank of Private. Transferred to the Royal Irish Rifles,
as Second Lieutenant, 4th August, 1916. Promoted Lance-Cor-
poral, October, 1915; Lieutenant, 4th February, 1918. Principal
actions: Somme, 1916; Messines, June, 1917; Ypres, July and
August, 1917; Cambrai, November, 1917; St. Quentin, March,
1918.

Awarded
The Military Cross

"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty
in reorganizing his company after the other officers
had become casualties, and leading them to their
objective with the greatest gallantry and a total
disregard of personal danger. His fine leadership won
the confidence and praise of every N.C.O. and man in
the Company, so that they followed him without
hesitation to the assault. He afterwards displayed
untiring energy in consolidating the position and in
attending to the comfort of his men." — (Messines,
7th June, 1917.)

(Supplement to the London Gazette, 17th Septem-
ber, 1917.)
Concussion, and arm temporarily paralyzed, 23rd October, 1916;
two machine-gun bullets through the lower abdomen, 24th March,
1918. Taken prisoner of war during the Great German Advance,
24th March, 1918. DemobiHzed, 25th April, 1919. Returned to
duty with the Bank, 3rd October, 1919.

Gibson, Alexander Stuart — Sapper. Born 25th May, 1891,
at Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Father, Alexander Fleming Gibson,
Commercial Traveller (deceased). Educated at Sarnia Public
School, and London, Ontario, High School. Entered the service of
the Bank, 19th January, 1916. Enlisted, 3rd March, 1916, from
Elgin branch, in 184th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 11th Reserve Battalion, 107th Canadian Battalion,
and 1st Canadian Divisional Signal Company. Principal actions:



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Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Passchendaele. 1917. Demobilized, 4th
February, 1919. Subsequent occupation: With Sun Life Assur-
ance Company of Canada, 12th March, 1919.

Gibson, Donald Patzki — Second Lieutenant. Born 2nd
May, 1892, at Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Father, Alfred Edward
Gibson, Banker. Educated at St. Andrew's College, Winnipeg
Preparatory School, and Toronto University. Entered the service
of the Bank, 17th March, 1913. Enhsted, 23rd March, 1917, from
Gait branch, in Royal Air Force, with the rank of Second Lieutenant.

Died in Leeds Hospital, England, July, 1918.

"He was most popular with all his brother oflScers and I held
the highest opinion of him both as an officer and also as a gentleman.

"I am of opinion that his death was due to his trying to carry
on with his work without reporting sick. When he finally reported
that he was ill, he was sent into Hospital and had every attention,
but, it was too late, gangrene had set in and there was practically
no chance of saving his life. Adhesions, resulting from an opera-
tion for appendicitis, had been the cause of much ill health. I saw
him in Hospital the morning after the operation, he was quite