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Gordon, Glen Napier — Captain. Born 1st December, 1895,
at Stratford, Ontario, Canada. Father, William Gordon. Real
Estate Owner. Educated at Stratford Collegiate Institute and
Bishop Ridley College, St. Catharines. Entered the service of
the Bank, 1st April, 1914. Enlisted, 6th August, 1914, from
Stratford branch, in 1st Canadian Battalion, with the rank of
Lieutenant. Promoted Captain, 14th June, 1916. Principal
actions: Second Battle of Ypres, Festubert, Givenchy, Neuve
Chapelle, 1915. Wounded and taken prisoner of war at Givenchy,
16th June, 1915. Exchanged to Holland in April, 1918. Released
from internment after the Armistice. Shrapnel wound in the arm
and leg, and concussion, 15th June, 1915. 218.

Gordon, James Archibald — Sergeant. Born 9th September,
1895, at Seaforth, Ontario, Canada. Father, Alexander Gordon,
Farmer. Educated at Seaforth Public School and Collegiate
Institute. Entered the service of the Bank, 16th January, 1913.
Enlisted, 19th April, 1918, from Milestone branch, in 1st Depot
Battalion (Saskatchewan Regiment), with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 12th District Depot, 15th March, 1919. Promoted
Corporal, 6th September, 1918; Sergeant, 2nd December, 1918.
Service: Clerical work in Battalion Orderly Room in Canada.
Demobilized, 1st April, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank,
20th May, 1919.

Gordon, William Thompson— Flight Cadet. Born 18th
May, 1898. Father (deceased). Entered the service of the Bank,
15th November, 1916. Enlisted, April, 1917, from Winnipeg
branch, in Canadian Army Service Corps, Motor Transport
Section, with the rank of Private. Subsequently transferred to
the Royal Air Force as Flight Cadet. Returned to duty with the
Bank, 10th January, 1919. Retired from the service of the Bank,
15 th September, 1919.

GossAGE, Brookes Ferrar — Lieutenant, M.C. Born 26th
June, 1894, at Lindsay, Ontario, Canada. Father, Charles Arthur
Gossage, Banker. Educated at Gravenhurst Public and High
Schools, Gait Collegiate Institute, and Trinity College School, Port
Hope. Entered the service of the Bank, 20th December, 1911.
Enlisted, 8th April, 1915, from Bloor & Yonge, Toronto, branch,
in 13th Battery, 4th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery, with the
rank of Gunner. Transferred to 5th Canadian Divisional Trench
Mortars, August, 1917; 66th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery,
September, 1917. Promoted Lieutenant, May, 1917. Principal



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actions: St. Eloi, Third Battle of Ypres, Somme, Hooge, 1916;
Hill 70, 1917; Amiens, Arras, Cambrai, Valenciennes, 1918.
Awarded
The Militakt Cross
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.
This officer, with another, made a daring reconnais-
sance of the Brigade zone, being continually sniped
from high ground and trees. They obtained the exact
location of the Infantry when the information was
urgently required and cleared up an obscure situa-
tion." (London Gazette, December 2nd, 1918.)
Returned to duty with the Bank, 2nd September, 1919.

Note: We quote the following from a letter from Mr.
Gossage, written at Rosrath, near Cologne, after the entry of the
Canadian Corps into Germany:

"As far as I can make out the feeling of relief that the war is over
overcomes any of their feelings, and, of course, it is policy to be
nice to a conquering army, but the thing which we expected and
which we have seen very little of is sullenness. Treachery, of
course, I think is out of the question as it would be fatal for the
country. The stores are all well stocked but prices are terrible,
1,000 marks for a suit of clothes, 125 marks for boots, etc., an egg
2 marks (50c. pre-war)." 302.

GossEL, Daniel Augustus — Flight Cadet. Born 13th Oct-
ober, 1892, at Ripley, Ontario, Canada. Father, Chrystal Gossel,
Farmer (deceased). Educated at School Section No. 6, Bruce
County, Ontario, Ripley Continuation School, and Wingham Busi-
ness College. Entered the service of the Bank, 8th April, 1911.
Enlisted, 8th May, 1918, from Regina branch, in Royal Air Force,
with the rank of Flight Cadet. Service: Training in Canada.
DemobiHzed, 30th November, 1918. Returned to duty with the
Bank, 9th January, 1919.

GowDY, NoEMAN STANLEY — Sergeant. Born 2nd June, 1890,
at Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Father, Joseph Gowdy, Wholesale
and Retail Dealer. Educated at Guelph Collegiate Institute.
Entered the service of the Bank, 20th May, 1907. Enlisted, 26th
March, 1918, from Toronto branch, in 67th (University) Battery,
Canadian Field Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Transferred
to No. 2 Artillery Depot, 16th October, 1918. Promoted Bom-
bardier, 1st July, 1918; Sergeant, 1st November, 1918. Service:
Engaged in clerical work at Toronto Artillery Brigade Headquar-
ters. Demobilized, 23rd December, 1918. Returned to duty with
the Bank, 8th January, 1919.



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Graham, Frederick Allison — Sergeant, M.M. Boru 6th

November, 1894, at Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Father, David F. Graham, Undertaker. Educated at Campbellton

Grammar School. Entered the service of the Bank, 12th December,

1912. Enlisted, 28th August, 1914, from Sydney branch, in 6th

Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, with the rank of Gunner.

Transferred to 48th (Howitzer) Battery, 1st June, 1916. Promoted

Bombardier, September, 1916; Corporal, February, 1918; Sergeant,

February, 1919; Service: In every engagement with the Canadian

Corps from the Second Battle of Ypres, April, 1915, until Armistice.

Awarded

The Military Medal

(August, 1917)

for

Bravery in the Field

In maintaining communications.

Gun shot wound in the right shoulder, 25th October, 1916; gassed,

18th August, 1917. Demobilized, 22nd April, 1919. Returned to

duty with the Bank, 31st May, 1919.

Graham, Howard Welling — Sergeant. Born 10th January,
1873, at Arichat, Richmond County, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Father, Charles Graham (deceased). Educated at Collegiate
School, Windsor, N.S. Entered the service of the Bank, 1st June,
1903, from the Hahfax Banking Company. Enhsted, 29th October,
1915, from Rainy River branch, where he was Manager, in 85th
Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to
185th Canadian Battalion, April, 1916. Promoted Lance-Corporal,
November, 1915; Company Quartermaster-Sergeant, April, 1916.
Reverted to ranks, February, 1918, to proceed to France, but
failed to pass Medical Board. Taken on strength of Headquarters
Sub-Staff, Witley Camp, with the rank of Sergeant. Service:
Employed as Company Quartermaster-Sergeant in England, and
engaged in clerical duty on Headquarters Sub-Staff, Witley Camp,
England. Demobilized, 11th January, 1919. Returned to duty
with the Bank, 27th January, 1919.

Grainger, James — Gunner. Born 18th September, 1893, at
Edinburgh, Scotland. Father, Thomas Grainger (deceased).
Educated at George Heriot's School, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Entered the service of the Bank, 8th May, 1911. Enlisted, 1st
September, 1916, from South Hill branch, in 68th Battery Canadian
Field Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Transferred to Reserve
Artillery, February, 1917; 2nd Canadian Divisional Ammunition



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Column, August, 1917; 23rd Battery, Canadian Field Artillery,
November, 1917. Principal action: Passchendaele, 1917. Inval-
ided to England with paratyphoid fever, August, 1918. Demob-
ilized, 15th May, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 27th
June, 1919.

Grant, John — Corporal. Born 1st April, 1889, at Friock-
heim, Forfarshire, Scotland. Father, Andrew Grant, Station-
master. Educated at Arbroath High School, and Skerry's College,
Dundee. Entered the service of the Bank, 22nd January, 1910.
Enlisted, 4th November, 1917, from Saskatoon branch, in 67th
Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to Canadian Army Medical Corps, February, 1918.
Promoted Corporal, March, 1918. Service: Engaged in clerical
work in Registrar's Department, Canadian Army Medical Corps.
Demobilized, 27th May, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank,
9th June, 1919.

Grasett, John Elliot — Private. Born 16th October, 1884,
at Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Father, H. J. Grasett (retired).
Educated at Ridley College, St. Catharines, Ontario. Entered the
service of the Bank, 3rd October, 1902. Enlisted, 1st September,
1916, from Bengough branch, where he was Manager, in 177th
Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 19th
Canadian Battalion, August, 1918. Principal actions: Cambrai,
Mons, 1918. Demobilized, 26th April, 1919. Returned to duty
with the Bank, 2nd October, 1919.

Gravel, Christopher Arthur — Signaller. Born 5th Nov-
ember, 1894, at Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Father, Louis Gravel,
Butcher. Educated at La Salle Academy and Ashbury College.
Entered the service of the Bank, 8th January, 1916. Enlisted, 1st
December, 1917, from Treherne branch, in 74th Battery, Canadian
Field Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Transferred to 9th
(Howitzer) Battery, Canadian Field Artillery. Principal actions:
Amiens, Arras, Cambrai, Valenciennes, 1918.

Graves, Archibald Frank — Lieutenant. Born 9th October,
1894, at London, England. Father, Frederick Robert Graves,
Engineer. Educated at Latymer Secondary School, London,
England. Entered the service of the Bank, 21st June, 1912.
Enlisted, 1st April, 1915, from Nelson branch, in 54th (Kootenay)
Battalion, with the rank of Private. Promoted Lance-Corporal,
15th June, 1915; Corporal, 27th June, 1915; Sergeant, 1st Sep-
tember, 1915; Lieutenant, 14th December, 1916. Principal



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actions: Ypres, Somme, 1916; Vimy, 1917; Arras, Cambrai,
Bourlon Wood, Valenciennes, 1918. Gun shot wounds in the foot
and hip, 1st March, 1917. Returned to duty with the Bank, 6th
October, 1919.

Gray, Jack Campbell — Private. Born 5th June, 1900, at
Parkhill, Ontario, Canada. Father, Dougal Gray, Customs
Inspector. Educated at London Collegiate Institute. Entered
the service of the Bank, 10th February, 1917. Enlisted, 28th
May, 1918, from Parkhill branch, in Royal Air Force, with the rank
of Flight Cadet. Service: Training in Canada. Demobilized,
11th December, 1918. Returned to duty with the Bank, 17th
December, 1918.

+Grat, James Everett — Lance-Corporal. Born 14th October,
1897, at Maple Valley, Ontario, Canada. Father, Samuel W.
Gray, Farmer. Educated at Weyburn Public School and Weyburn
Collegiate Institute. Entered the service of the Bank, 13th
August, 1915. Enlisted, 4th October, 1915, from Weyburn
branch, in Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, with the
rank of Private. Promoted Lance-Corporal, 3rd July, 1917.
Principal actions: Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Passchendaele, 1917.
Gun shot wound through the left lung, 28th October, 1917, at
Passchendaele.

Died of Wounds at No. 4 General Hospital, Camiers, France,
28th December, 1917.

"One of the cleanest and nicest boys I have met, both in
thought and action, and a most efficient signaller." — His Section
Commander.

Gray, William John — Lieutenant. Born 5th September,
1890, at Maple Valley, Ontario, Canada. Father, Samuel W. Gray,
Farmer. Educated at Weyburn High School. Entered the service
of the Bank, 13th July, 1909. Enlisted, 6th August, 1914, from
Edmonton branch, in 19th Alberta Dragoons, with the rank of
Private. Transferred to Royal Flying Corps, 20th August, 1916.
Promoted Lance-Corporal, June, 1915; Corporal, September, 1915;
Sergeant, July, 1916; Second Lieutenant, August, 1916; Subse-
quently promoted Lieutenant. Principal actions : Neuve Chapelle,
Second Battle of Ypres, Festubert, Givenchy, 1915; Third Battle of
Ypres, Somme, 1916. Taken prisoner of war, 20th September,
1916. Returned to duty with the Bank, 9th April, 1919.

Note: While on duty over the enemy lines as an observer,
Mr. Gray was shot down and captured five miles south-east of



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Peronne. He was interned at the following prison camps : Guters-
hohe, Osnabruck, Clausthal, Aachan and Stralsund. He was
released on 8th December, 1918, and served on the Repatriation
Staff at Copenhagen until returned to England, 21st January, 1919.
(Brother of J. E. Gray). 7, 218.

Gkeacen, Robert — Lieutenant. Born 28th September, 1894,
at Monaghan, Ireland. Father, Robert Greacen (deceased).
Educated at Campbell College, Belfast. Entered the service of
the Bank, 28th October, 1913. Enlisted, 5th April, 1915, from
Langham branch, in 53rd Canadian Battalion, with the rank of
Private. Transferred to 32nd Reserve Battalion, July, 1915; 6th
Royal Irish Rifles, October, 1915; 7th Royal Irish Rifles, 16th
Irish Division, France; 2nd (Regular) Battalion, Royal Irish
Rifles (36th Division), France, 1918. Promoted Second Lieu-
tenant, 5th October, 1915; Lieutenant, 10th July, 1917. Service
and principal actions: Instructor, Northern Command Signalling
School, 1916; Messines, Frezenburg, 1917; Kemmel, 1918. Gun
shot wound in the right arm, 16th August, 1917; Machine-gun
wounds in the right leg, September, 1918. Demobilized, 14th
January, 1919.

Note: When last heard from. Lieutenant Greacen had not
yet recovered from his wounds.

Geeacen, , Thomas — Captain. Born 17th September, 1893,
at Monaghan, Ireland. Father, Robert Greacen (deceased).
Entered the service of the Bank, 9th January, 1914. Enlisted,
1st February, 1915, from Elgin branch, in 45th Canadian Battalion,
with the rank of Lieutenant. Transferred to 4th Canadian Bat-
talion, 27th March, 1916. Promoted Captain, 20th December,
1917. Trench mortar wound in the face (slight) and the left ankle,
13th April, 1916; gun shot wound (multiple), 9th July, 1916.
Demobilized, 9th April, 1919.

(Brother of Robert Greacen.)

Green, Percy Albert — Bombardier. Born 19th May, 1893,
at Coleshill, Warwickshire, England. Father, William Green
(deceased). Educated at Coleshill Grammar School. Entered
the service of the Bank, 14th June, 1911. Enlisted, April, 1916,
from London, England, branch, in 2/5th The Buffs, with the rank
of Private. Transferred to Honourable Artillery Company, March,
1917. Promoted Bombardier, 25th September, 1918. Principal
actions: Passchendaele Ridge, July -December, 1917; Amiens,
Advance from Amiens to Le Cateau and Landrecies, 1918. Re-
turned to duty with the Bank, 1st December, 1919.



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Greet, Paul Bascom — Lieutenant. Born '■Had August, 1896,
at Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Father, John G. Greey, Manufac-
turer. Educated at Trinity College School, Port Hope. Entered
the service of the Bank, 1st November, 1915. Enlisted, 22nd
February, 1916, from Toronto branch, in 9th Depot Battery,
Canadian Field Artillery, with the rank of Lieutenant. Trans-
ferred to 48th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, 20th March, 1916;
69th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, 1st May, 1917; School of
Gunnery, Witley, England, 1st January, 1918; 3rd Canadian
Divisional Trench Mortar Company, 10th March, 1918; 33rd
Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, 15th November, 1918; Military
District II, Toronto, 21st March, 1919. Principal actions:
Amiens, Arras, Drocourt-Queant, Cambrai, Valenciennes, Mons,
1918. Demobilized, 4th April, 1919. Subsequent occupation:
Employed with a manufacturing firm.

Gregory, Charles Ronald — Signaller. Born 4th December,
1893, at Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. Father, C. Ernest
Gregory, K.C., Barrister. Educated at Collegiate Institute,
Windsor, N.S. (King's College School), and St. Francis Xavier's
College. Entered the service of the Bank, 24th August, 1915.
Enlisted, 17th April, 1917, from Fredericton branch, in 9th Siege
Battery, Canadian Garrison Artillery, with the rank of Gunner.
Transferred to 77th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, Regina,
September, 1917; and subsequently to 18th Battery, Canadian
Field Artillery. Principal actions: Cambrai, Valenciennes, Mons,
1918. Demobilized, 26th May, 1919. Returned to duty with the
Bank, 14th July, 1919.

Grieve, George Beveridge — Sapper. Born 19th January,
1896, at Edinburgh, Scotland. Father, James Grieve (deceased).
Educated at Boroughmuir High School, and Portobello High
School. Entered the service of the Bank, 12th June, 1913.
Enlisted, 1st November, 1914, from Greenwood branch, in 48th
Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 3rd
Canadian Divisional Signal Company, May, 1917. Principal
actions: Third Battle of Ypres, 2nd June, 1916; Somme, 1916;
Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, 1917; Amiens, Arras, Cambrai, Mons,
1918. Demobilized, 1st April, 1919. Returned to duty with the
Bank, 23rd June, 1919.

Griffith, William Eraser — Lieutenant. Born 1st February,
1893, at London, England. Father, Frank GriflBth (retired).
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the Bank, 10th November, 1909. EnHsted, 10th October, 1914,
from Lloydniinster branch, in 32nd Canadian Battalion, with the
rank of Private. Transferred to 5th Canadian BattaHon, 1st May,

1915. Promoted Lieutenant, June, 1917. Principal actions:
Festubert, Givenchy, 1915; Ypres, 1916; Passchendaele Ridge,
1917; Amiens, Cambrai, 1918. Wounded (shrapnel), in the arm,
6th June, 1916. Demobilized, 23rd April, 1919. Returned to
duty with the Bank, 11th June, 1919.

Grover, Jasper Keeler — Private. Born 16th June, 1894,
at Norwood, Ontario, Canada. Father, Thomas Maitland Grover,
Barrister. Educated at Dewson Public School, Harbord Collegiate
Institute, and Duncan (B.C.) High School. Entered the service of
the Bank, 27th May, 1912. Enlisted, 27th November, 1915, from
Parksville branch, in 103rd Canadian Battalion, with the rank of
Private. Transferred to 29th Canadian Battalion, 6th October,

1916. Service: Eleven and a half months on the Western Front:
Vimy, Lens, Hill 70, 1917. Wounds: Compound fracture of the
skull, shrapnel penetrating the brain; shrapnel wounds in the right
thigh and chest; compound fracture of both great toes. Demobil-
ized, 29th October, 1918, on account of being medically unfit for
further military service. Returned to duty with the Bank, 6th
January, 1919. Retired from the service of the Bank, 31st March,
1919, on account of ill health due to wounds.

Note: We are indebted to Mr. Grover for the following
account of a phase of the taking of Hill 70 by the Canadian Corps in
August, 1917:

"The 29th Battalion had been in the trenches six days when
ordered to make this attack. There had been a previous attack
on 15th August, 1917, in which the 4th and 5th Brigades advanced
about two miles. We were supporting the advancing party. On
the 21st we went over to capture the last German trench in front
of the city of Lens. On arriving at the German trench we found it
manned by the Prussian Guards, who put up a very stiff fight,
and in some parts came from their positions to meet us. I saw,
myself, thirteen of my own men shot down by snipers. It took us
more than a day, steady fighting, to wrest this trench from the
Guards.

"After this battle, sixty-five men of the 29th Battalion
answered Roll Call."

Grover, Trevor Michael — Lieutenant. Born 29th Sep-
tember, 1885, at Norwood, Ontario, Canada. Father, Thomas
Maitland Grover, Barrister. Educated at Norwood High School.



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Entered the service of the Bank, 17th April, 1913. Enlisted, 25th
January, 1916, from College and Dovercourt, Toronto, branch,
in 166th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Lieutenant. Trans-
ferred to 11th Infantry Brigade. Service: Employed as Brigade
Staff Officer with the 11th Infantry Brigade at the Front.

Note: Lieutenant Grover produced numerous sketches while
at the Front, and several of his pictures appeared in the "Canadian
Courier." He also published a book of etchings or drawings
entitled "The Career of John Silverthorn, Banker," which appeared
in the Toronto "Saturday Night" some years ago.

(Brother of J. K. Grover.)

GuAY, Rene— Private. Born 28th October, 1894s at Quebec
City, Quebec, Canada. Father, Jean Francois Guay, Civil Engin-
eer. Educated at Commercial School. Entered the service of the
Bank, 19th July, 1913. Enlisted, 19th April, 1918, from Willow
Bunch branch, in 1st Depot (Saskatchewan) Battalion. Trans-
ferred to 260th Canadian Battalion (Siberian Expeditionary Force),
15th August, 1918. Enlisted as a Corporal, later reverting to
Private on joining the Canadian North Russian Expeditionary
Force. Demobihzed, 8th August, 1919. Returned to duty with
the Bank, 28th August, 1919. 332.

GuBBiNS, Hugh Power Nepean — Lieutenant. Born 25th
March, 1894, at Wimbledon, England. Father, J. H. Gubbins,
Diplomatic Service. Entered the service of the Bank, 24th August,
1915. Enhsted, 10th January, 1916, from Elgin branch, in 107th
Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to
Imperial Forces as Second Lieutenant, 20th November, 1917.
Promoted Lieutenant.

GuDGiN, Harry Oswald. — Lieutenant. Born 29th June,
1885, at Orleston, Kent, England. Father, Frederick Gudgin,
Schoolmaster and Author. Educated at Whitgift Grammar School,
Croydon, England. Entered the service of the Bank, 3rd Sep-
tember, 1907. Enlisted, 18th May, 1916, from Wadena branch,
where he was Manager, in 214th Canadian Battalion, with the rank
of Captain and Paymaster. Transferred to Headquarters Military
District No. 12, May, 1917; Western Ontario Regiment, December,
1917; 11th Reserve Battalion, February, 1918; Tank Corps, May,
1918. Reverted to Lieutenant, December, 1917, on joining the
Western Ontario Regiment. Served at various times as Pay-
master, Adjutant, Platoon Commander, Temporary Company
Commander, Tank Commander, and Reconnaissance Officer.



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Demobilized, 28th May, 1919. Subsequent occupation: Student
in Chartered Accountancy, June, 1919.

GuNN, Andrew MacKay — Lieutenant. Born 5th June, 1893,
at Durness, Sutherlandshire, Scotland. Father, Alexander Gunn,
Estate Overseer. Educated at Golspie Higher Grade School.
Entered the service of the Bank, 20th January, 1913. Enlisted,
12th January, 1915, from Watrous branch, in 45th Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 1st Canadian
Mounted Rifles Battahon, 12th June, 1916. Promoted Lance-
Corporal, 5th July, 1916; Corporal, 3rd September, 1916; Sergeant,
9th April, 1917; Lieutenant, 26th January, 1918. Principal
actions: Ypres, Somme, 1916; Vimy Ridge, 1917. Demobilized,
27th March, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 28th May,
1919.

+GuY, Frederic James — Private. Born 1st June, 1894, at
Dromore, County Tyrone, Ireland. Father, Frederic Andrew Guy,
J. P. for County Tyrone, Estate Agent, formerly of Ulster Bank
Limited, Belfast. Educated at Foyle College, Londonderry.
Entered the service of the Bank, 19th April, 1911. Enhsted,
August, 1914, from Saskatoon branch, in 11th Canadian Battahon,
with the rank of Private. Transferred to Princess Patricia's
Canadian Light Infantry, February, 1916. Promoted Lance-
Corporal (reverting on transfer to P.P.C.L.I.). Service: With
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, in France. Wounded
in the face and left eye (severe), 18th April, 1916.

Killed in Action, at Vimy Ridge, 9th April, 1917, and buried
on the crest of Vimy Ridge overlooking the village of Vimy.

GwYTHER, Ralph Edwin William — Second Lieutenant.
Born 24th December, 1893, at Waltaire, Madras, India. Father,
Henry Thomas Gwyther, Civil Engineer, Indian State Railways
(deceased). Educated at Bedford Grammar School, Bedford,
England, Chanter's, Simla, and George Watson's College, Edin-
burgh. Entered the service of the Bank, 26th September, 1910.
Enlisted, 25th September, 1916, from North Vancouver branch, in
6th Field Company, Canadian Engineers, with the rank of Sapper.
Transferred to Royal Naval Air Service, November, 1917; Royal
Air Force, April, 1918. Promoted Lance-Corporal; Probationary
Flight Officer, November, 1917; Second Lieutenant, September,
1918. Service: Seaplane Patrols in the North Sea and in the
English Channel. Injured in an aeroplane accident, 2nd May,
1917. Demobilized, 17th July, 1919. Returned to duty with the
Bank, 18th September, 1919.



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"MIales, George Reid — Private. Born !22nd May, 1892, at
Dundee, Scotland. Father, James Anderson Hales, Foundry
Pattern Maker. Educated at North Clepington Board School,
Morgan Academy, and Skerry's College. Entered the service of
the Bank, 13th December, 1913. Enlisted, January, 1916, from
Radisson branch, in Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry,
with the rank of Private. Service: With his Battalion in France.
Killed in Action, 15th September, 1916.

Hallidat, Henry Alexander — Lieutenant. Born 13th