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cheerful and did not realize that he was seriously ill. He said to
me: 'It will be some time before I am at work again'." — His Com-
manding Officer.

Note: Second Lieutenant Gibson had been in bad health for
some years, and made several unsuccessful attempts to enlist
before he was finally accepted.

Gibson, Herbert Murray — Second Lieutenant. Born 23rd
July, 1892, at Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh, Ireland. Father,
Rev. Canon Gibson, LL.D., Vicar of New Ross. Educated at
Drogheda Grammar School, and Trinity College, Dublin. Entered
the service of the Bank, 17th February, 1912. Enlisted, 17th Feb-
ruary, 1915, from Blaine Lake branch, in 9th Canadian Mounted
Rifles, with the rank of Private. Transferred to Fort Garry Horse,
25th June, 1915; 5th Royal Inniskimng FusiUers, 2Cth June, 1918.
Promoted Lance-Corporal, December, 1915; Corporal, July, 1917;
Second Lieutenant, June, 1918. Principal actions: Somme, 1916;
German Retreat, March, 1917; trench warfare. May and June,
1917; Cambrai, November, 1917; Final Offensive, October and
November, 1918.

(Brother of A. J. E. Gibson.)

Gibson, Oliver Taylor— Private. Born 29th July, 1898, at
Drumbo, Ontario, Canada. Father, John Gibson, Farmer.



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Educated at Drumbo Public School, and Gait Collegiate Institute.
Entered the service of the Bank, 7th August, 1917. Enlisted, 20th
May, 1918, from Ayr branch, in 1st Depot Battalion, Western
Ontario Regiment, with the rank of Private. Service: Infantry
training. Demobilized, 21st January, 1919. Returned to duty
with the Bank, 13th January, 1919. Retired from the service of
the Bank, 15th October, 1920.

Gibson, Robert Black — Lieutenant, M.C., M.M. Born
26th September, 1893, at Stevenston, Ayr, Scotland. Father,
William Gibson (retired). Educated at Irvine Royal Academy.
Entered the service of the Bank, 6th November, 1911. Enlisted,
18th February, 1915, from Sherbrooke branch, in 5th Canadian
Mounted Rifles, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 3rd
Canadian Divisional Signal Company, February, 1916. Promoted
Sergeant, November, 1915; Lieutenant, October, 1917. Principal
actions: Third Battle of Ypres, June, 1916; Somme, 1916; Vimy,
Hill 70, Passchendaele, 1917; Amiens, Arras, Cambrai, Mons, 1918.
Awarded
The Militaky Cross
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty
east of Arras, from 26th to 28th August, while in
command of the Signal Company's cable detach-
ments. The country over which it was necessary to
build the lines was most difficult for cable carts, and
was heavily shelled. In spite of all difficulties, he
pushed ahead with his work, and, by his coolness,
energy and fine example, accomplished what often
appeared impossible feats." (Supplement to the
London Gazette, 1st February, 1919.)
Also Awarded
The Military Medal

for

Bravery in the Field

At Vimy Ridge.

Mentioned in Despatches

for

Gallant and Distinguished Service in the Field.

Demobilized, 4th April, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank,

14th April, 1919. 174.

GiFFORD, Joseph Spon— Lieutenant. Born 22nd January,
1896, at London, England. Father, Joseph Arthur Gifford, Lumber
Merchant. Educated at Bishop's College School. Lennoxville.



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Entered the service of the Bank, 7th August, 1913. Enlisted, 8th
February, 1915, from Sherbrooke branch, in 5th Canadian Mounted
Rifles, with the rank of Private. Promoted Regimental Quarter-
master Sergeant, 22nd February, 1915; Lieutenant, 15th September,
1918. Served continuously with his Battalion as Regimental
Quartermaster-Sergeant and as Quartermaster. Subsequent occu-
pation: With Guelph Patent Cask Company, Scotstown.

Gilbert, Irby Woodron — Gunner. Born 9th March, 1895,
at Bishop's Crossing, Quebec, Canada. Father, Albert Gilbert,
(deceased). Educated at East Angus Academy. Entered the
service of the Bank, 18th September, 1912. Enlisted, 7th October,
1916, from Maisonneuve, Montreal, branch, in 79th Battery,
Canadian Field Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Transferred
to 1st Reserve Battery, November, 1916; 14th Battery, Canadian
Field Artillery, March, 1917; 27th Battery, Canadian Field
Artillery, March, 1917. Principal actions: Vimy Ridge, Lens,
Passchendaele, 1917; Arras, Amiens, Cambrai, Valenciennes, Mons,
1918. Slight shrapnel wound in the leg, 2nd May, 1917. Demob-
ilized, 27th May, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 2nd
July, 1919.

Gilbert, William Alexander — Cadet, D.C.M. Born 21st
April, 1895, at Kingstown, Ireland. Father, William Gilbert,
Merchant. Educated at Enniskillen School. Entered the service
of the Bank, 2nd April, 1913. Enlisted, 27th August, 1915, from
Dauphin branch, in 79th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of
Private. Transferred to 1st Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles,
June, 1916. Principal actions : Somme, 1916; Amiens, Arras, 1918.
Awarded
The Distinguished Conduct Medal
"For devotion to duty during period of 8th July, to
17th September, 1918. He has at all times shown
marked devotion to duty, and cheerfulness, especially
under trying circumstances.

"On one occasion, during an advance, he took com-
mand of a Platoon after the Officer had become a
casualty and by his skilful leadership and determina-
tion was instrumental in getting his men to their final
objective under a heavy machine-gun barrage, with
slight casualties." (London Gazette, 1st January,
1919.)
Shrapnel wound through the right knee, 15th September, 1916.
Demobihzed, 21st March, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank,
24th April, 1919.



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+G1LDEA, John Arthur Knox — Second Lieutenant. Born
23rd November, 1891, at Dublin, Ireland. Father, Arthur Knox
Gildea, J.P., D.L., County Mayo, Ireland. Educated at Castle
Park School, Dalkey, Eastbourne College, and Trinity College,
Dublin. Entered the service of the Bank, 2'2nd November, 1912.
Enlisted, 7th July, 1915, from Wetaskiwin branch, in Princess
Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 4th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, as
Second Lieutenant, 4th December, 1915.

Killed in Action, 11th July, 1916, at the Somme, "whilst cheer-
ing and encouraging his men under very trying conditions."
Buried at or near Mametz Wood, France.

Gillespie, John William — Lieutenant. Born 15th July,
1899, at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Father, Alexander Gillespie
(deceased). Educated at Upper Canada College, Appleby School,
Oakville, and University of Toronto. Entered the service of the
Bank, 2nd December, 1915. Enlisted, October, 1916, from College
& Dovercourt, Toronto, branch, in Royal Flying Corps, with the
rank of Second Lieutenant. Transferred to Royal Air Force, 1st
April, 1918. Promoted Lieutenant. Service: Flying in France
from June, 1917, till end of August, 1917. Demobilized, March,
1919. Subsequent occupation: On the staff of the Winnipeg
Electric Light and Power Company.

Note: Lieutenant Gillespie was brought down behind the
German lines in France on 20th August, 1917, and was a prisoner
of war in Germany from that time until repatriated on 2nd January,
1919.

+G1LLESPIE, Norman Alexander — Private. Born 14th Janu-
ary, 1892, at Rathfriland, County Down, Ireland. Father, Johnston
Hunter Gillespie, Head Master (deceased). Educated at Methodist
College, Belfast, and Queen's University, Belfast (Matriculation).
Entered the service of the Bank, 9th May, 1913. Enlisted, 5th
August, 1914, from Yonge & Queen, Toronto, branch, in 15th
Battalion (48th Highlanders of Canada), with the rank of Private.
Principal action: Second Battle of Ypres, 1915. Gassed and
wounded, and taken prisoner of war at the Second Battle of Ypres,
23rd April, 1915.

Died of Wounds in a German Hospital, 25th April, 1915.

+G1LLESPIE, Victor Allan — Private. Born 3rd August, 1890,
at Monaghan, Ireland. Father, Joseph Gillespie, Provision Mer-
chant. Educated at Sligo Collegiate School. Entered the



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service of the Bank, 21st June, 1912. Enlisted, 1st December, 1915.
from Monitor branch, in 2nd McGill University Company,
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, with the rank of
Private. Severely wounded in the chest.

Died of Wounds, 1st October, 1917. Buried at Aubigny
Cemetery, France.

Gillespie, Wilfred Walsh — Private. Born 3rd September,
1898. Father, F. J. Gillespie, Real Estate Agent. Entered the
service of the Bank, 18th August, 1915. Enlisted, October, 1916,
from Duncan branch, in 231st (Seaforth Highlanders) Battalion,
with the rank of Private (Drummer). Demobilized, on account of
being unfit for military service, and returned to duty with the
Bank, 29th March, 1917. Retired from the service of the Bank,
19th September, 1918.

Gillies, Robert George — Driver. Born 25th August, 1895,
at Paris, Ontario, Canada. Father, Robert Gillies, Lumber Manu-
facturer. Educated at Paris High School, and Exeter Continua-
tion School. Entered the service of the Bank, 10th February, 1913.
Enlisted, 28th December, 1917, from Walkerville branch, in Cobourg
Heavy Battery, Canadian Artillery, with the rank of Gunner.
Transferred to Canadian Reserve Artillery, Witley Camp, England,
17th February, 1918; 4th Canadian Divisional Ammunition Col-
umn, 17th August, 1918. Principal actions: Arras, Ckmbrai,
Valenciennes, Mons, 1918. Demobilized, 27th May, 1919. Re-
turned to duty with the Bank, 16th July, 1919.

Gilmore, Lloyd Elmo — Gunner. Born 31st August, 1896,
at Ringwood, Ontario, Canada. Father, A. E. Gilmore, Real
Estate Agent. Left Toronto branch to take up military duty,
26th February, 1916. Enlisted, in Canadian Reserve Artillery,
with the rank of Gunner. Transferred to 1st Brigade, Canadian
Garrison Artillery, 31st July, 1918. Demobilized, 11th May, 1919.

GiLMOUR, Cecil Richard — Private. Born 23rd November,
1895, in Ireland. Father, Bryce Gilmour, Civil Servant. Edu-
cated at Ballymoney Intermediate School, and Ballycastle High
School. Entered the service of the Bank, 24th January, 1914.
Enlisted, 12th November, 1914, from South Porcupine branch, in
20th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred
to Canadian Record Office, October, 1917. Principal action: St.
Eloi, 1916. Wounded, causing loss of the right leg, 12th May, 1916.
Demobilized, 21st November, 1919.



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Girling, Richard Charles — Gunner. Born 29th June, 1899,
at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada. Father, R. H. Girling,
Teacher. Entered the service of the Bank, 21st July, 1916.
Enlisted, 7th August, 1917, from Cranbrook branch, in 5th
Compan}% Royal Canadian Garrison Artillery, with the rank of
Gunner. Demobihzed, 15th May, 1919.

GisBOENE, Frederick Newton — Sergeant. Born 10th Oct-
ober, 1892, at Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Father, Francis H.
Gisborne, K.C., I.S.O., Parliamentary Counsel, House of Commons.
Educated at Elgin Street Public School, Ottawa. Entered the
service of the Bank, 9th August, 1909. Enlisted, 24th April, 1918,
from North Victoria branch, in 1st Canadian Tank Battalion, with
the rank of Private. Transferred to Canadian Y.M.C.A. Over-
seas MiHtary Forces of Canada, 4th December, 1918. Promoted
Corporal, 10th May, 1918; Sergeant, 9th October, 1918. Employed
as instructor in the Canadian Tank Corps. Demobilized, 17th
September, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 8th November,
1919.

Gisborne, Lionel Reginald — Gunner. Born 30th May,
1897, at Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Father, Francis H. Gisborne,
K.C., I.S.O., Parliamentary Counsel, House of Commons. Edu-
cated at Model School, and Ashbury College. Entered the service
of the Bank, 23rd October, 1915. Enlisted, 24th November, 1916,
from Ottawa branch, in 72nd Battery, Canadian Field Artillery,
with the rank of Gunner. Transferred to 9th Battery, Canadian
Field Artillery, 16th October, 1917. Principal actions: Vimy,
Passchendaele, 1917; Amiens, Arras, Cambrai, Valenciennes, 1918.

(Brother of F. N. Gisborne.)

Glasgow, Allan Patteson — Lieutenant. Born 21st March,
1892, at Cookstown, Ireland. Father, William James Glasgow,
Clerk of Union, Cookstown. Educated at Cookstown Academy
and London University. Entered the service of the Bank, 9th
December, 1912. Enlisted, 8th September, 1914. from Wadena
branch, in 16th Canadian Light Horse, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 10th Canadian Battalion, 26th April, 1915. Pro-
moted Lance-Corporal, August, 1917; Corporal, September, 1917;
Lieutenant, January, 1918. Principal actions: Festubert, Ypres,
1915; Somme, Lens, 1916; Arras, Cambrai, 1918. Wounded in
the thigh, 15th October, 1916; in the hand, 27th September, 1918.
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Glazbrook, Howard Michael — Flight Cadet. Born 8th
August, 1898. Father, Reginald M. Glazbrook, Rancher. Entered
the service of the Bank, 2nd August, 1915. Enlisted, 12th May,

1918, from Cumberland branch, in Royal Air Force, with the rank
of Flight Cadet. Returned to duty with the Bank, 2nd January,

1919. Retired from the service of the bank, 23rd August, 1919.
Reinstated, 16th August, 1920.

Glenn, James Ferguson — Private. Born 4th January, 1893,
at Aghadowen, County Londonderry, Ireland. Father, J. F.
Glenn, Auctioneer. Entered the service of the Bank, 20th July,
1912. Enlisted, 24th June, 1915, from Kamloops branch, in 54th
Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to
Canadian Army Pay Corps, 3rd May, 1918. Demobilized, 20th
August, 1919. 190.

Glover, Philip Sydney Clabon — Lieutenant. Born 11th
May, 1894. Father, George Henry Glover, Journalist. Entered
the service of the Bank, 7th February, 1911. Enlisted, 4th August,
1914, from London, England, branch, in 14th Battalion, Middlesex
Regiment, with the rank of Second Lieutenant. Promoted
Lieutenant.

GoDDEN, Bertram — Lieutenant. Born tSth April, 1885, at
Greenspond, Newfoundland. Father, Samuel Godden, Store Man-
ager, Dominion Iron & Steel Company, Limited. Educated at
Methodist College, St. John's, Newfoundland. Entered the service
of the Bank, 20th May, 1907. Enlisted, 1st March, 1916, from
Elbow branch, where he was Accountant, in 209th Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 9th Reserve
Battalion, 1st December, 1916; 10th Canadian Battalion, 15th
May, 1917. Promoted Sergeant, 1st May, 1916; Lieutenant,
15th June, 1916. Principal actions: Hill 70, Passchendaele, 1917;
Amiens, 1918. Wounded — bullet through the left leg below the
knee — Amiens, 8th August, 1918. Demobilized, 31st January,
1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 18th February, 1919.

+GoDSMAN, Francis Forbes — Private. Born 29th April, 1891,
at New Aberdour, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Father, Francis
Godsman, Merchant. Educated at Ellon Public School, and
Gordon's College, Aberdeen. Entered the service of the Bank,
1st May, 1912. Enlisted, February, 1915, from Granum branch,
in 13th Canadian Mounted Rifles, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 137th Canadian Battalion, August, 1916; 50th



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Canadian Battalion, March, 1917. Service: Engaged in the opera-
tions at Vimy Ridge and Lens.

Died of Wounds, received near Lens, 21st June, 1917. He
was buried at The Military Cemetery, Villers-au-Bois, France.

+G0DWIN, Arthur George Herbert — Private. Born 12th
October, 1896, at Kettisford, Somerset, England. Father, Edward
Richard Godwin, Farmer (deceased). Educated at St. Anne's
School, Redhill, Surrey, England. Entered the service of the Bank,
19th July, 1915. Enlisted, 12th October, 1915, from New West-
minster branch, in 72nd Canadian Battalion (Seaforth High-
landers), with the rank of Private. Served with his Battalion in
France, until January, 1917. Returned to France, 5th June, 1917.
Gun shot wound in the jaw, 13th January, 1917, while on patrol
in No-Man's-Land.

Killed in Action, while voluntarily carrying a despatch, 21st
August, 1917.

Golden, Achilles Daunt — Lieutenant, M.C. Born 23rd
February, 1891, at Donaghmore, Queen's County, Ireland. Father,
John Daunt Golden (deceased). Educated at St. Joseph's College,
Dumfries, Scotland. Matriculated at Glasgow University, 1908.
Entered the service of the Bank, 27th October, 1910. Enlisted,
18th February, 1915, from Prince Rupert branch, in 48th Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to Canadian
Cavalry Brigade, 17th December, 1915; Canadian Artillery School,
England, 29th December, 1916; 31st Battery, Canadian Field
Artillery, October, 1917; 25th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery,
14th February, 1918. Promoted Corporal, 12th March, 1915;
Sergeant, 19th October, 1916; Lieutenant, 9th June, 1917. Prin-
cipal actions : Somme, 1916; Hill 70, Passchendaele, 1917; Amiens,
Lens, Arras, Cambrai, 1918.

Awarded
The Military Cross
"For marked gallantry and initiative on September
2nd, 1918. He was in charge of a single gun which
advanced in close support of the infantry. During the
whole day, under heavy fire, he kept close with the
advance. When the infantry were held up in front of
Villers-lez-Cagnicourt by machine-gun fire from
woods, he turned his gun on these woods so success-
fully that half an hour later the infantry swept
through with hardly a casualty. Later, coming
across several enemy 77 mm. guns, he turned two of



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them about and did good execution against enemy
personnel and transport, inflicting heavy casualties."
(Supplement to the London Gazette, 30th July, 1919.)
Wounded (slight), in the hand and jaw, Passchendaele, 9th Nov-
ember, 1917; wounded (severe) — left arm blown off and right
shoulder injured — Canal du Nord, 27th September, 1918. Re-
turned to duty with the Bank, 20th November, 1919. 264.

Golden, Thomas Leo — Lieutenant. Born 5th January, 1893,
at Donaghmore, Queen's County, Ireland. Father, John Daunt
Golden (deceased). Educated at St. Joseph's College, Dumfries,
Scotland. Matriculated at Glasgow University, 1909. Entered
the service of the Bank, 13th September, 1911. Enlisted, 12th
August, 1914, from Wetaskiwin branch, in Lord Strathcona's
Horse (R.C.), with the rank of Trooper. Transferred to Royal
Field Artillery, 28th October, 1917. Promoted Lance-Corporal,
26th May, 1915; Corporal, 12th October, 1915; Sergeant, 1st
July, 1916; Second Lieutenant, 28th October, 1917; Lieutenant,
December, 1918. Principal actions: Festubert, Givenchy, 1915;
Somme, 1916; Equancourt, Guyencourt, Saulcourt, 1917; St.
Quentin (German Advance), 21st March, 1918. Wounded (gun
shot), in the leg, 23rd May, 1915; gun shot wound in the left leg and
head, 9th May, 1918. Demobilized, 19th July, 1919. Returned to
duty with the Bank, 25th July, 1919.

Note: During the initial stages of the German Advance on
the morning of 21st March, 1918, Lieutenant Golden and his
battery were surrounded by the enemy during the heavy fog that
prevailed, before they were aware of the magnitude of the advance.

The battery, which had been firing at a slow rate, was ordered
to cease fire, and the gun crews were instructed to proceed to the
enemy lines as prisoners of war. Lieutenant Golden and his party,
under cover of the dense fog, managed to evade their escort, and
made their way through to the British lines without mishap.

(Brother of A. D. Golden.) 18, 51.

Gomez, Ernest Patrick — Private. Born 24th May, 1895, at
Gibraltar, Spain. Father, Adolfo Gomez, Mining business
(deceased). Educated at Christian Brothers' College, Gibraltar.
Entered the service of the Bank, 27th April, 1915. Enlisted, 27th
April, 1918, from Cowansville branch, in 1st Battalion, Canadian
Tank Corps, with the rank of Private. Service: Tank training in
Canada. Demobilized, 27th May, 1919. Returned to duty with
the Bank, 7th June, 1919.



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•f"GooDALE, Walter Henry — Lieutenant. Born 14th August,
1894, at Peterborough, England. Father, John Goodale, Farmer
(deceased). Educated at King School, Peterborough, and King
School, Grantham. Entered the service of the Bank, 12th
February, 1914. Enlisted, 4th August, 1914, from Wadena branch,
in Lord Strathcona's Horse, (R.C.) with the rank of Trooper.
Transferred to 15th Reserve Battalion, attached Royal Air Force,
Independent Squadron, May, 1917. Promoted Lance-Corporal,
February, 1917; Lieutenant, May, 1917. Principal action:
Festubert, May, 1915. Returned to England for Commission in
March, 1917.

Killed in Action, 1st August, 1918.

Note: Lieutenant Goodale was engaged with the Independ-
ent Air Force in long distance bombing.

His formation was attacked by enemy anti-aircraft and aero-
planes, after having bombed the town of Treves, and he was last
seen being driven down, hit in both petrol tanks. He and his
observer, Second Lieutenant Prentice of the United States Army,
were buried in St. Jure Cemetery, Alsace-Lorraine. 23, 30.

On the outbreak of war. Lieutenant Goodale was at Fishing
Lake, a summer resort near Wadena. He undertook to enlist
immediately if he could swim across the lake, a distance of two
miles. He was successful and enlisted that day, bemg the first
man to do so from Wadena.

GooDCHiLD, Charles Henry — Private. Born 27th May,
1874, at Maidenhead, England. Father, Arthur Goodchild,
Carpenter. Educated at Maidenhead National School. Entered
the service of the Bank, 13th July, 1914. Enlisted, 28th May,

1918, from London, England, branch, in Royal Air Force, with
the rank of Private. Service: Employed as a Medical Orderly,
being over age for active service. Demobilized, 10th February,

1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 3rd February, 1919.

Goodfellow, John Kemp — Private. Born 23rd July, 1894,
at Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Father, D. K. Goodfellow,
Accountant. Educated at Public School and High School, Mon-
treal, and St. Clement's Academy. Entered the service of the
Bank, 12th February, 1912. Enlisted, 3rd January, 1918, from
Montreal branch, in 1st Depot Battalion (1st Quebec Regiment),
with the rank of Private. Demobilized, 20th August, 1918, on
account of being medically unfit for further military service.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 15th September, 1919.



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Gooding, Wyatt Kaylor — Gunner. Born 23rd February,
1887, in Barbados, British West Indies. Father, Charles Ernest
Gooding, Physician and Surgeon. Educated at Lodge School,
Barbados, British West Indies. Entered the service of the Bank,
1st March, 1912, from Eastern Townships Bank; resigned, 31st
May, 1912; reinstated, 22nd July, 1913. Enlisted, 24.th April, 1917,
from New Westminster branch, in 5th Royal Canadian Garrison
Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Transferred to 10th Battery,
Canadian Garrison Artillery, 10th January, 1918; 12th Battery,
Canadian Garrison Artillery, 21st January, 1918. Principal actions:
Amiens, Cambrai, Valenciennes, Mons, 1918.

•i"GoRDON, Charles — Lieutenant. Born 10th November, 1892,
at Aberdeen, Scotland. Father, James Trail Gordon, Joiner.
Educated at Ferryhill Public School, and Robert Gordon's Tech-
nical College. Entered the service of the Bank, 9th August, 1911.
Enlisted, October, 1914, from Calgary branch, in 31st Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Private. Promoted Lance-Corporal,
March, 1915; Corporal, September, 1915; Lieutenant, April, 1916.
Principal actions: Third Battle of Ypres, St. Eloi, Somme, 1916.

Killed in Action, 26th September, 1916.

Note: The Chaplain of his Battalion describes Lieutenant
Gordon's death as follows:

"He fell in one of the grandest charges ever made. It was at
eleven o'clock at night when they rallied all that was left of the
Battalion (about 120 men) to take an enemy trench. It had been
attempted earlier in the day but barbed wire and machine-guns
held them up. Charles took charge of a few men and advanced
at the head of them. He fell, but his men gained their objective."
■i-GoRDON, David Elder — Second Lieutenant. Born 14th Sep-
tember, 1893, at Greenock, Scotland. Father, David Elder Gor-
don, Inspector of Weights and Measures. Educated at Greenock
Higher Grade Public School. Entered the service of the Bank,
20th January, 1913. Enlisted, 9th August, 1914, from Saskatoon
branch, in 105th (Saskatoon) Fusiliers, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 10th Canadian Battalion, at Valcartier, September,
1914; 12th Royal Scots, September, 1915. Promoted Second
Lieutenant, 12th September, 1915. Principal actions: Second
Battle of Ypres, April, 1915; Somme, July, 1916. Wounded
(bullet) in the leg, 22nd April, 1915.

Killed in Action, by a sniper, at Longueval (Somme), 14th
July, 1916.

Note: The late Lieutenant Gordon was well known in
athletic circles in Saskatoon. 134, 337.



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