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+M0RTON, Arthur Ernest Bernard — Lieutenant. Born
28th May, 1897, at Fort William, Ontario, Canada. Father,
Ernest A. Morton (retired). Educated at Ridley College.
Entered the service of the Bank, 6th August, 1914. Enlisted, 15th
September, 1915, from Windsor, Ontario, branch, in 99th Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Lieutenant. Transferred to 3rd
Canadian Battalion, 4th August, 1916. Principal actions: Ypres
salient, Somme, 1916.

Killed in Action on the Somme, 24th September, 1916.



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Morton, Frederick MoNXGOMERY^Private. Born 2nd
June, 1893, at Belturbet, Ireland. Father, Henry Morton,
Aerated Water Manufacturer. Educated at Fairgreen School,
Belturbet. Entered the service of the Bank, 16th February, 1912.
Enlisted, 19th December, 1914, from Regina branch, in 10th
Canadian Mounted Rifles, with the rank of Private. Drafted
Overseas to Cavalry, January, 1916; Canadian Light Horse,
France, April, 1916. Principal actions: Third Battle of Ypres,
June, 1916; Somme, September and October, 1916; Vimy Ridge,
April, 1917. Fractured right leg, 9th April, 1917. Demobilized,
29th March, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 16th April,
1919.

Morton, John Hampden — Fireman, U.S. Navy. Born 24th
April, 1900, at Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. Father, Thomas Mercer
Morton, Barrister at Law. Educated at Windsor Collegiate
Institute. Entered the service of the Bank, 23rd September, 1916.
Enlisted, April, 1918, from Ford branch, in Great Lakes Training
Station, with the rank of Seaman. Transferred to Camp Logan
Rifle Range, 23rd July, 1918. Promoted Fireman. Service:
Guard Duty and Patrolling Atlantic Coast on submarine chasers.
Demobilized, 26th February, 1919. Returned to duty with the
Bank, 10th March, 1919. Retired from the service of the Bank,
13th September, 1919.

Mountain, William Robert — Lance-Corporal. Born 9th
January, 1895, at Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Father, William
Frederick Mountain, Wholesale Grocer (deceased). Educated at
Stanstead Wesleyan College. Entered the service of the Bank,
21st April, 1913. EnHsted, 9th November, 1915, from Acton Vale
branch, in 2nd Canadian Field Ambulance Depot, with the rank of
Private. Transferred to 9th Canadian Field Ambulance, 5th
January, 1916. Promoted Lance-Corporal, 21st January, 1916.
Principal actions: Third Battle of Ypres, June, 1916; Somme,
September, 1916. Gun shot wound in the right arm — fractured
humerus— 16th September, 1916. Demobilized, 10th July, 1918,
on account of being medically unfit for further military service,
owing to severity of wounds. Returned to duty with the Bank,
23rd July, 1918.

Mullen, Louis Wilfred — Gunner. Born 8th April, 1896.
Father, James L. Mullen, employed in Railway Power House,
Charlottetown. Entered the service of the Bank, 29th October,
1913. Enhsted, 1st April, 1916, from Charlottetown branch.



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MuNKO, James — Second Lieutenant, M.C. Born 1st July,
1894, at Inverarity, Scotland. Father, (deceased). Educated at
Perth Academy. Entered the service of the Bank, loth February,
1913. Enlisted, 10th March, 1915, from Yorkton branch, in 10th
Canadian Mounted Rifles, with the rank of Private. Transferred
to Royal Canadian Dragoons, May, 1916; King's Own Scottish
Borderers, June, 1918. Promoted Corporal, June, 1915;
Sergeant, July, 1915; Second Lieutenant, 26th June, 1918. Prin-
cipal action: Hindenburg Line, 1918.

Awarded
The Military Cross
"For conspicuous gallantry during an advance.
When his company was held up from the flank by
machine-gun fire he pushed ahead with his runner and
by skilful use of rifle grenades, put the machine-gun
out of action. Although wounded he remained out
until the objective was consolidated. He showed
marked coolness and determination throughout the
action." (Supplement to the London Gazette, 2nd
December, 1918.)
Bullet wound in the left shoulder, September, 1918.

MuNROE, Alexander Hall — Lieutenant. Born 5th May,
1882, at Tongue, Scotland. Father, Alexander Munroe, Farmer
(retired). Educated at Skerry's College, Glasgow. Entered the
service of the Bank, 24th October, 1905. Enlisted, August, 1916,
from Broderick branch, where he was Manager, in 209th Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Lieutenant. Transferred to 90th
Draft, December, 1916; 18th Reserve, ShorncHffe, February, 1918;
1st Battalion, Canadian Tank Corps, April, 1918. Service:
Adjutant and Paymaster, 90th Draft, C.E.F. Returned to duty
with the Bank, 2nd September, 1919.

Munroe, Donald Telford— Cadet (Sergeant). Born 1st
July, 1890, at Thurso, Scotland. Father, Alexander Munroe,
Farmer (retired). Educated at Durness High School and Gordon's
College, Aberdeen. Entered the service of the Bank, 8th August,
1911. Enlisted, 8th August, 1916, from Swan River branch, in
196th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred
to 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles, 20th April, 1917; Royal Air
Force, November, 1918. Promoted Lance-Corporal, 5th May,
1918; Corporal, 10th August, 1918; Sergeant, 11th November,
1918. Principal actions: Passchendaele, 1917; Amiens, Monchy-



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le-Preux, Cambrai, 1918. Demobilized, 30th March, 1919. Re-
turned to duty with the Bank, 28th April, 1919.

Note: Mr. Munroe was in training for a commission in
England, but the Armistice was signed before he completed his
course.

(Brother of A. H. Munroe.)

+MuRPHT, Francis Michael — Lieutenant. Born 30th June,
1887, at Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada. Father, James Law-
rence Murphy, Collector of H. M. Customs. Educated at Carleton
Place PubUc and High Schools. Entered the service of the Bank,
20th November, 1905. Enlisted, December, 1915, from Toronto
branch, where he was Manager's Secretary, in 134th Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Captain (reverting in England to Lieu-
tenant in order to proceed to France). Transferred to 15th
Canadian Battalion, in France, February, 1918. Service: Engaged
in instructional work at Witley Camp, England, from September,
1916, to February, 1918, when he went to France.
Mentioned in Despatches
for
Gallant and Distinguished Service in the Field.
Killed in Action (gun shot wound in the abdomen), during
the attack on the Drocourt-Queant Line, 2nd September, 1918.

MuHPHY, George Patrick — Private. Born 6th March,
1896, at Dublin, Ireland. Father, P. N. Murphy, Solicitor.
Educated at Clongowes Wood College, Sallins, County Kildare,
Ireland. Entered the service of the Bank, 2nd September, 1913.
Enlisted, 12th July, 1915, from Paris branch, in 76th Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 25th (Nova
Scotia) Battalion, 17th July, 1916. Principal actions: Ypres,
July, 1916; Somme, August-September, 1916; German Offensive,
March-April, 1918. High explosive shell wounds in the right leg,
29th September, 1916. Demobilized, 2nd June, 1919. Returned
to duty with the Bank, 9th June, 1919.

Murray, Frederick Carol — Corporal, M.M. Born 26th
February, 1893, at Shediac, New Brunswick, Canada. Father,
John Albert Murray, Station Master, Canadian National Railway
(superannuated). Educated at Shediac High School. Entered the
service of the Bank, 15th May, 1912. Enlisted, 23rd September,
1915, from Moncton branch, in 104th Canadian BattaUon, with
the rank of Private. Transferred to 26th (New Brunswick) Bat-
talion, 26th February, 1918. Promoted Corporal, 1st March, 1919.



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Principal actions: Amiens, Arras, and final battles up to the
Armistice, 1918. Served with Army of Occupation, December,
1918, to January, 1919.

Awarded
The Military Medal
(Arras, 28th August, 1918)
for
Bravery in the Field
In carrying messages under heavy machine-gun fire.
Slight shrapnel wound in the hand, 28th August, 1918. Demobil-
ized, 30th May, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 2nd
July, 1919.

Murray, Frederick Guy — Private. Born 4th September,
1886, at Tiverton, Devonshire, England. Father, Thomas Murray,
Doctor (deceased). Educated at Epsom College, Surrey, England.
Entered the service of the Bank, 16th March, 1910. Enlisted, 14th
February, 1916, from West End, Sault Ste. Marie, branch, in 119th
(Algoma) Battahon, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 73rd
Battahon, Royal Highlanders of Canada, November, 1916. Prin-
cipal actions: Somme, 1916; Vimy Ridge, 1917. Trench fever,
March, 1917. Demobilized, 4th March, 1919. Returned to duty
with the Bank, 10th March, 1919.

Murray, Henry Garbois — Lieutenant. Born 19th Feb-
ruary, 1894. Father, Henry Wolsley Murray, Brewery Inspector.
Entered the service of the Bank, 25th August, 1911. Enlisted,
September, 1914, from London, England, branch, in Royal Irish
Rifles, 8th Service Battalion, with the rank of Second Lieutenant.
Promoted Lieutenant.

Murray, Joseph — Lance-Corporal. Born 13th August, 1893,
at Tyrone, Ireland. Father, William Murray, Merchant. Entered
the service of the Bank, 13th October, 1913. Enlisted, 10th
January, 1916, from Portage la Prairie branch, in 222nd Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Private. Promoted Lance-Corporal.
Gassed, 13th April, 1918. Demobilized, 6th June, 1919.

Murray, Ralph Victor — Private. Born 27th June, 1897.
Father, F. M. Murray (deceased). Entered the service of the
Bank, 15th July, 1913. Enlisted, November, 1915, from Frederic-
ton branch, in 104th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of
Private. Demobilized, on account of being medically unfit for
further miUtary service. Returned to duty with the Bank, 27th
September, 1918. Retired from the service of the Bank, 11th
November, 1918, to accept a position in New York.



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Murray, William, Jr. — Company Sergeant-Major. Born
21st September, 1891, at Ayr, Scotland. Father, William Murray,
Carting Contractor. Educated at Newton Academy and Ayr
Grammar School. Entered the service of the Bank, 12th April,
1911. Enhsted, 31st August, 1916, from New Westminster branch,
in 6th Field Company, Canadian Engineers, with the rank of
Sapper. Transferred to Canadian Engineers Pool, 11th October,
1916; 1st Field Company, Canadian Engineers, France, 6th June,
1917. Promoted Lance-Corporal, November, 1916; Corporal,
January, 1917; Sergeant, 14th July, 1918; Company Sergeant-
Major, 27th July, 1918. Principal actions: Hill 70, Passchendaele,
1917; Arras, 1918. Demobilized, 7th May, 1919. Returned to
duty with the Bank, 2nd June, 1919.

Mutch, Thomas Watson Lawrie — Sergeant, M.S.M. Born
29th June, 1889, at Aberdeen, Scotland. Father, James Mutch,
Cashier. Educated at Ferryhill School and Central Higher Grade
School. Entered the service of the Bank, 23rd July, 1910.
Enlisted, 1st November, 1914, from Victoria branch, in 30th Can-
adian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 15th
Canadian Battalion, 3rd May, 1915; General Headquarters Staff,
31st July, 1916. Promoted Corporal, 3rd November, 1914;
Sergeant, 1st December, 1914. Principal actions: Festubert,
Givenchy, 1915; afterwards on General Headquarters Staff.
Awarded
The Meritorious Service Medal
for
Good Service at the Front.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 15th October, 1919.

Myers, Christopher Robinson — Captain. Born 23rd Nov-
ember, 1882, at Louth, Lincolnshire, England. Father, Charles
John Myers, Doctor. Educated at King Edward VI Grammar
School, Louth. Entered the service of the Bank, 23rd October,
1906. Enlisted, 30th October, 1914, from East Vancouver branch,
■where he was Accountant, in 29th (Vancouver) Battalion, with the
rank of Sergeant. Attached Canadian Record Office, 9th Septem-
ber, 1916. Promoted Lieutenant, 20th May, 1915; Captain, 22nd
January, 1918. Principal actions: Kemmel-Locre sector. Winter
of 1915-16; St. Eloi Craters. April, 1916. Shell wounds in both
legs, 19th April, 1916. Returned to duty with the Bank, 8th
October, 1919. 85.

McAllister, John. Born 6th November, 1892. Father,
James McAllister, Produce Merchant. Entered the service of the



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Bank, 1st August, 1912. Enlisted, May, 1916, from Toronto
branch.

McArthur, Gordon Alexander — Private. Born 15th Sep-
tember, 1898, at Kamloops, British Cohimbia, Canada. Father,
A. S. McArthur (retired). Educated at Kamloops High School
and Vancouver High School. Entered the service of the Bank,
4th September, 1915. Enhsted, 31st January, 1916, from
Kamloops branch, in 172nd Canadian Battalion, with the rank of
Private. Transferred to 47th (British Columbia) Battalion, May
1917; Canadian Army Pay Corps, November, 1918. Principal
actions: Hill 70, Lens, 1917. Fractured right humerus, 21st
August, 1917, at Lens.

McBain, John Henry — Private. Born 11th March, 1898, at
Madoc, Ontario, Canada. Father, William McBain, Bank Clerk.
Educated at Madoc High School. Entered the service of the Bank,
1st May, 1914. Enlisted, 3rd June, 1918, from Hafford branch,
in Royal Canadian Dragoons, with the rank of Private. Service:
Training in Canada. Returned to duty with the Bank, 6th June,
1919.

McBain, Richard Norman — Signaller. Born 29th January,
1897, at Mildmay, Ontario, Canada. Father, Rev. James H.
McBain, Methodi.st Minister. Educated at Dunnville Public
School and Welland High School. Entered the service of the
Bank, 17th September, 1912. Enhsted, April, 1916, from Goderich
branch, in 168th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to Canadian Artillery in 1917. Attached to 4th
Canadian Divisional Ammunition Column Headquarters in
France, June, 1917. Subsequent occupation: With Dominion
Tire Company, Kitchener.

McBhide, Daniel — Gunner. Born 1st July, 1893, at Fergus,
Ontario, Canada. Father, George B. McBride (deceased).
Educated at Fergus High School. Entered the service of the Bank,
4th May, 1910. Enhsted, 12th October, 1915, from Montreal
branch, in 3rd Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, with the rank
of Gunner. Principal actions: Somme, 1916; Vimy, Lens,
Passchendaele, 1917. Compound fracture of the left thigh, 2nd
November, 1917. Demobihzed, 12th December, 1918.

McBride, William Alexander — Gunner. Born 19th Feb-
ruary, 1895, at Bangor, Ireland. Father, William McBride,
Merchant (retired). Educated at Clifton College, and Queen's



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University, Belfast, Ireland. Entered the service of the Bank,
28th May, 1913. Enhsted, 31st August, 1915, from Pincher Creek
branch, in 13th Canadian Mounted Rifles, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 39th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, January,
1916. Principal actions: Somme, 1916; Vimy, Hill 70, Passchen-
daele, 1917; Amiens, Arras, Cambrai, Valenciennes, Mons, 1918.

McCann, Richard Twinein — Corporal. Born 20th August,

1895. Father, John Harrison McCann, Linen Manufacturer.
Entered the service of the Bank, 21st June, 1912. Enlisted,
February, 1916, from Yorkton branch, in 188th Canadian Battalion,
with the rank of Private. Promoted Corporal. Principal action:
Vimy Ridge, April, 1917. Wounded, 9th April, 1917.

McCarthy, Callaghan John — Private. Born 9th February,

1896. Father, Joseph McCarthy, Clerk (deceased). Entered the
service of the Bank, 12th February, 1915. Enhsted, May, 1916,
from Dauphin branch, in 217th Canadian Battalion, with the rank
of Private.

McCarthy, Charles Leopold Joseph — Captain. Born 14th
June, 1893, at Sligo, Ireland. Father, Jeremiah McCarthy,
Solicitor. Educated at Mungret College, Limerick, and National
University of Ireland (Matriculation). Entered the service of the
Bank, 21st March, 1911. Enlisted, 20th January, 1915, from
Shaunavon branch, in 46th Canadian BattaHon, with the rank of
Private. Transferred to Connaught Rangers, 12th August, 1915;
attached to the Indian Army, 7th October, 1917. Promoted
Second Lieutenant, 12th August, 1915; Lieutenant, 12th May,
1917; Captain, 4th November, 1918. Service: General Infantry
engagements in France and Belgium, September, 1916, to March,
1917; in India, November, 1917, to May, 1918; in Mesopotamia,
June to December, 1918.

Awarded

A Parchment Certificate

for

Gallantry in the Field

(Flanders, 1916).

Returned to duty with the Bank, 2nd October, 1919. Retired from

the service of the Bank, 30th September, 1920, on account of

ill health.

•^McCarthy, Rae Brydon — Lieutenant. Born 6th April,
1890, at Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Father, Jeffry A. McCarthy,
Barrister (deceased). Educated at Barrie Collegiate Institute.



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Entered the service of the Bank, 1st October, 1906. Enlisted,
December, 1915, from Winnipeg branch, where he was Secretary to
the Manager, in 100th Canadian BattaHon, with the rank of Lieu-
tenant. Transferred to 78th Canadian BattaHon, 6th March, 1917.
Killed in Action at the capture of Vimy Ridge, 9th April, 1917.
Buried on the crest of Vimy Ridge. 154.

McCarthy, Randal Kerr — Captain. Born 29th June, 1888,
at Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Father, Jeflry A. McCarthy,
Barrister (deceased). Educated at Barrie Collegiate Institute.
Entered the service of the Bank, 23rd January, 1905. Enlisted,
24th January, 1916, from Superintendent's Department, Van-
couver, where he was an Audit Officer, in 158th Canadian Battalion,
with the rank of Lieutenant. Transferred to 72nd Battalion
(Seaforth Highlanders of Canada), 14th December, 1916. Pro-
moted Captain, 1st November, 1917. Principal action: Fourth
Divisional Gas Attack, Vimy Ridge, 1st March, 1917. Gun shot
wound in the right leg, 1st March, 1917. Returned to duty with
the Bank, 15th September, 1919.

(Brother of R. B. McCarthy.)

McClaffebty, Frederick Sylvester — Cadet, M.M. Born

2nd July, 1891, at Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. Father, William

McClafferty, Railway Employe. Educated at Halifax and Truro

Public Schools, and St. Mary's College, Hahfax. Entered the

service of the Bank, 23rd August, 1909. Enhsted, 17th January,

1916, from Winnipeg branch, in 37th Battery, Canadian Field

Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Transferred to 7th Battery,

Canadian Garrison Artillery, 23rd August, 1917. Promoted

Bombardier, May, 1916; Cadet, 13th September, 1918. Principal

actions: Somme, 1916; Vimy, Passchendaele, 1917.

Awarded

The Military Medal

For

Bravery in the Field

In maintaining communication between infantry and artillery

At Vimy Ridge.
Gun shot wound in the right eye, 4th July, 1917. Demobilized
8th February, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 14th
February, 1919.

Note: Mr. McClafferty was in training in England for a
commission when the Armistice was signed. 182, 225, 243.



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McClafferty, Reginald Kenice — Gunner. Born 20th
November, 1896, at Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. Father, William
McClafferty, Canadian Government Railways. Educated at
College Street School and St. Mary's College, Halifax, N.S.
Entered the service of the Bank, 28th January, 1913, Enlisted,
August, 1917, from Summerside branch, in 10th Siege Battery,
Canadian Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Transferred to 15th
Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, January, 1918; 18th Battery,
Canadian Field Artillery, April, 1919. Principal actions: Arras,
Cambrai, Valenciennes, Mons, 1918. .\rmy of Occupation in
Germany, two months. Demobilized, May, 1919. Subsequent
occupation: With the Auditing Department, The Irving Trust
Company, New York, N.Y., 17th November, 1919.

(Brother of F. S. McClafferty).

McClatchie, James Linford — Private. Born 13th April,
1898, at Cowansville, Quebec, Canada. Father, James McClatchie,
Tinsmith and Hardware Merchant. Entered the service of the
Bank, Srd August, 1916. EnHsted, 29th April, 1918, from Stan-
bridge East branch, in 1st Canadian Tank Battalion, with the
rank of Private. Demobilized, 27th May, 1919.

McClintock, Alexander HuGH^Corporal. Born 21st
August, 1895. Father, Hugh K. McClintock, Draper. Entered
the service of the Bank, 28th April, 1913. Enlisted, 1st June, 1918,
from Superintendent's Department, Winnipeg, in 350th United
States Infantry, with the rank of Private. Promoted Corporal,
22nd September, 1918. Served at the Front from 27th September
to 11th November, 1918, including Argonne-Meuse drive, 14th
October to 5th November, and Metz drive, 8th to 11th Nov-
ember, 1918. Demobilized, 5th June, 1919.

+McClure, Joseph Andrew Bright — Captain. Born 20th
July, 1877, at Moxley, Wolverhampton, England. Father,
Alexander McClure, Gas Stoker. Educated at Parish School, St.
Andrews. Entered the service of the Bank, 8th July, 1912.
Enlisted, 1st July, 1915, from Winnipeg branch, in 78th Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Lieutenant. Transferred to 100th
Canadian Battalion, 1st January, 1916. Promoted Captain, 1st
June, 1916. Service: The operations round Lens and Hill 70, 1917.

Reported Missing (subsequently oflBcially reported Killed in
Action) at Hill 70, 21st August, 1917.

Note: The OflBcer Commanding Captain McClure's Bat-
talion describes the circumstances of his death as follows:



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"The last information we got about him was from some of his
men who saw him in front, calHng out to his men 'Come on,' and
in the terrible shelling one could easily be missed. It may be
possible that he is a prisoner, but the general belief of both officers
and men who knew him, is that he would not be taken prisoner, he
was too good a soldier for that. He was indeed a very fine soldier
and one of my best officers."

Captain McClure's military career includes twelve years with
the Coldstream Guards, in which regiment he held the rank of
Corporal. 192.

McCoNKEY, Thomas William — Lieutenant, M.C. Born 23rd
May, 1890, at Bradford, Ontario, Canada. Father, Lewis J.
McConkey, Grain Merchant. Educated at Bradford High School.
Entered the service of the Bank, 4th October, 1912. Enlisted, 22nd
December, 1915, from Fort Rouge, Winnipeg, branch, in 100th
Winnipeg Grenadiers, with the rank of Lieutenant. Transferred
to Royal Flying Corps, January, 1917. Principal action: Arras,
Spring of 1917.

Awarded
The Military Cross
(10th May, 1917)
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.
He was attacked by several hostile machines and was
wounded in three places. He continued to work
his machine-gun, driving off the hostile machines.
His courage and determination undoubtedly saved
his pilot and machine." — {London Gazette.)
Machine-gun bullet wound in the thigh, shoulder and face, 10th
May, 1917. Demobilized, 24th January, 1919. Returned to duty
with the Bank, 8th February, 1919. 210.

McCoNNELL, Campbell Gordon — Bombardier. Born 29th
April, 1899, at Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Father, Alexander C.
McConnell, Secretary and Auditor, Great North Western Telegraph
Company. Educated at University Schools. Entered the service
of the Bank, 2nd January, 1918. Enlisted, 25th May, 1918, from
Bloor & Yonge, Toronto, branch, in 67th Battery, Canadian Field
Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Transferred to 85th Battery,
Canadian Field Artillery, 15th September, 1918. Promoted
Bombardier, 25th October, 1918. Trained in Canada for service
with the Canadian Siberian Force. Injured (leg broken), 18th
November, 1918. Demobilized, 22nd April, 1919.



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McCoNNELL, Russell William — Lieutenant. Born 23rd
October, 1891, at Spokane, Washington, U.S.A. Father, William
McConnell. Educated at Seymour Street Methodist School,
Lisburn, Ireland, and by Civil Service tuition from A. S. Mayes,
M.A., Belfast. Entered the service of the Bank, 9th December,
1912. Enlisted, 28th January, 1915, from Vermilion branch, in
51st Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred
to 14th Battalion (Royal Montreal Regiment), 6th June, 1916;
Royal Air Force, 10th August, 1918. Promoted Lance-Corporal,
1st June, 1915; Corporal, 8th August, 1915; Sergeant, 2nd February,
1916. (Reverted to Private on proceeding to France, 6th June,
1916.) Promoted Lieutenant, 28th April, 1918. Principal actions :
Mount Sorel, Ypres, Somme, 1916; Vimy Ridge, Lens, 1917.
DemobiHzed, 16th July, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank,
28th July, 1919.

Note : Mr. McConnell informs us that out of a draft of 220
men to his battalion in 1916, only he and one other came through
unwounded.

McCrea, William John — Sergeant. Born 25th February,
1892, at Dromore, County Down, Ireland. Father, James P.
McCrea, Merchant. Educated at Excelsior Academy, Banbridge,
and Connell's Civil Service Institute, Belfast. Entered the service
of the Bank, 10th July, 1912. Enhsted, 20th April, 1918, from
Wiseton branch, in 1st Depot Battalion, Saskatchewan Regiment,
with the rank of Private. Transferred to 12th District Depot,
7th March, 1919. Promoted Corporal, 15th September, 1918;
Sergeant, 3rd December, 1918. Engaged in clerical work in Canada.