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G. Parker, Fire Warden. Educated at King Edward High School,
Vancouver, and McGill University. Entered the service of the
Bank, 8th February, 1916. Enlisted, 12th July, 1918, from
Ejtscoty branch, with the rank of Private.
Died, 20th January, 1919.

Note: Mr. Parker was drafted for service in June, 1918, after
being three times previously rejected on account of physical
disabilities. He was again rejected and took up work as a govern-
ment time keeper in a spruce camp. It was while thus employed
that he contracted pneumonia which resulted in his death.

Parker, Reginald Lloyd — Gunner. Born 11th August,
1889, at Anlaby, East Yorkshire, England. Father, William
Parker, Grain Dealer. Entered the service of the Bank, 23rd
July, 1906. Enlisted, 20th April, 1917, from Victoria branch, in
No. 11 Military District Draft, with the rank of Gunner. Trans-
ferred to 4th Section of a Canadian Divisional Ammunition
Column. Demobilized, 27th July, 1919.

Parker, Wilfred Tennyson — Second Lieutenant. Born
5th May, 1894, at Georgetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Father, A. Herbert Parker, Farmer. Educated at Georgetown
High School and Prince of Wales College, Charlottetown. Entered
the service of the Bank, 4th June, 1913. Enlisted, 6th December,
1917, from Edam branch, in Royal Air Force, with the rank of
Flight Cadet. Promoted Second Lieutenant, 13th June, 1918.
Service: Reconnaissance and photographic operations over the
Belgian Coast. Returned to duty with the Bank, 19th November,
1919.

Parnell, Charles Stewart — Private. Born 25th February,
1895. at Hawkesbury, Ontario, Canada. Father, Robert G.
Parnell, Culler. Educated at Hawkesbury PubHc and High
Schools. Entered the service of the Bank, 9th February, 1912.
Enlisted, 2nd May, 1918, from Sherbrooke branch, in 1st Battalion,
Canadian Tank Corps, with the rank of Private. Transferred to
Canadian Record OflBce, London, England, 31st January, 1919.
Service: Training in Canadian Tank Corps in Canada and
England.

Parsons, Alfred Medley — Lieutenant, M.C. Born 15th
August, 1894, at Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada. Father,
W. F. Cecil Parsons, Mining Engineer. Educated at King's



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Collegiate School, Windsor, N.S. Entered the service of the Bank,
19th July, 1911. Enlisted, 29th November, 1915, from Charlotte-
town branch, in 112th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of
Lieutenant. Transferred to 54th Canadian Battalion, August,
1916. Principal actions: The Somme, 1916; Vimy Ridge, Lens,
1917.

Awarded
The Military Cross
(9th April, 1917)
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.
When all senior oflScers had become casualties, he
carried out, in spite of heavy fire, the consolidation
of the line held by the battaHon after an attack."
{London Gazette, 16th August, 1917).
Wounded, September, 1916, and August, 1917. DemobiHzed,
19th June, 1918. Subsequent occupation: With Canada Iron
Foundries Limited, Montreal.

Parsons, Francis Stewart — Lieutenant. Born 11th
December, 1894. Father, H. W. Parsons, Piano Agent. Entered
the service of the Bank, 11th September, 1911. Enlisted, 2nd
June, 1915, from Moosomin branch, in 9th Canadian Mounted
Rifles, with the rank of Private. Transferred to the Imperial
Army, 20th December, 1917, with the rank of Second Lieutenant.
Promoted Lieutenant, 21st August, 1917.

Parsons, Henry Damon — Private. Born 17th May, 1891,
at Augusta, Maine, U.S.A. Father, John H. Parsons, High School
Principal. Educated at Stanstead College, Coaticook Academy
and Bugbee Commercial College. Entered the service of the Bank,
1st March, 1912, from Eastern Townships Bank. Enlisted, 2nd
December, 1915, from Sherbrooke branch, in 117th Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Regimental Quartermaster-Sergeant.
Transferred to 14th Canadian Battalion, 28th February, 1917;
Canadian Army Pay Corps, December, 1917. (Reverted to
Private on proceeding to France). Gun shot wound in the left
arm, near Vimy Ridge, 26th March, 1917. Demobilized, 14th
January, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 17th May, 1919.

Parsons, James Douglas — Lieutenant. Born 2nd August,
1894, at Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Father, J. A. Parsons
(retired). Educated at St. Andrew's College. Entered the service
of the Bank, 15th February, 1915. Enlisted, 8th January, 1916,
from Gait branch, in 111th Canadian BattaUon, with the rank of
Lieutenant. Transferred to 18th Canadian Battalion, May, 1917;



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Royal Air Force, June, 1918. On active service with 18th Battalion
from May, 1917, to June, 1918. Subsequently training in the Royal
Air Force. Injured in an aeroplane crash, August, 1918. Demob-
ilized, 14th October, 1919.

Pateeson, George Frederick — Lieutenant. Born 15th
August, 1890, at Blackrock, County Dublin, Ireland. Father,
George Paterson, Merchant (deceased). Entered the service of
the Bank, 15th March, 1911. Left San Francisco branch, 30th
September, 1915, to take up military duty. Enlisted in 3rd Royal
Inniskilling Fusiliers, with the rank of Second Lieutenant. Subse-
quently promoted Lieutenant. Wounded, 7th June, 1917.

Paterson, John — Sergeant. Born 26th June, 1892, at
Hawick, Scotland. Father, John S. Paterson, District Valuer,
Perth, Scotland. Educated at Christian Brothers' School,
Tipperary, Ireland, and Skerry's College, Glasgow. Entered the
service of the Bank, 16th August, 1912. Enlisted, January, 1916,
from Swift Current branch, in 128th Canadian Battalion, with the
rank of Private. Transferred to 209th Canadian Battalion, March,
1916; 9th Reserve Battalion, October, 1916; Headquarters, Cana-
dian Training Depot, April, 1917; 21st Reserve Battalion, October,
1917. Promoted Lance-Corporal, March, 1916; Corporal, June,
1916; Sergeant, July, 1916. Service: Bombing Instructor, 9th
Reserve Battalion and Divisional Headquarters, Canadian Training
Depot. Injured in the face and right eye, in a bombing accident
in England, 1917. Demobilized, 5th March, 1918, on account of
defective eyesight. Returned to duty with the Bank, 12th March,
1918.

^Paterson, Norman Theodore — Private. Born 31st October,
1891, at Blackrock, County Dublin, Ireland. Father, George
James Paterson, Tea Merchant, (deceased). Educated at St.
Stephen's Green School, Dublin. Entered the service of the Bank,
1st April, 1911. Enlisted, 21st October, 1915, from Vermilion
branch, in 63rd Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 10th Canadian Battalion, June, 1916. Shrapnel
wounds in the head and right arm, 23rd September, 1916.

Died of Wounds, at No. 49 Casualty Clearing Station, France,
23rd September, 1916. (Brother of G. F. Paterson).

Paterson, William Alexander — Private. Born 9th July,
1891, at Glasgow, Scotland. Father, James Paterson, Provision
Merchant (deceased). Educated at Newton Park Public School,
Ayr. Entered the service of the Bank, 18th April, 1911. Enlisted,



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18th February, 1915, from Prince Rupert branch, in 48th Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Private. Principal actions: Ypres,
June, 1916; Somme, 1916; Vimy Ridge, 1917. Slight wounds
in the chest, 9th June, 1916; in the left arm, 26th September,
1916; in the right arm (gunshot), 22nd April, 1917. Demobilized,
12th July, 1918, on account of being medically unfit for further
military service. Returned to duty with the Bank, 17th July, 1918.
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Patman, Valentine — Sergeant Instructor. Born 14th
February, 1896, at Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland. Father, Edward
Damer Patman, Doctor. Educated at Merchant Taylors' School
and Sparkhall-Brown's Academy. Entered the service of the Bank,
18th August, 1913. Enlisted, August, 1914, from Sutton branch,
in 14th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Trans-
ferred to Canadian Army Service Corps, January, 1918, attached
Canadian Cavalry Brigade. Promoted Sergeant-Instructor, 1918.
Principal action: Second Battle of Ypres, 1915. Wounded through
the right and left legs, 26th April, 1915. Returned to duty with the
Bank, 9th June, 1919. Retired from the service of the Bank, 31st
July, 1920, to accept a position in South America.

+Paton, Frederic William — Lieutenant. Born 22nd May,
1887, at Dutcherra, Cachar, India. Father, James Baton, Tea
Planter (deceased). Educated at Hermitage Higher Grade School,
Helensburgh, where he was Dux in 1903. Entered the service of the
Bank, 13th May, 1907. Enlisted, January, 1916, from Edmonton
branch, where he was Accountant, in 188th Canadian Battalion,
with the rank of Lieutenant. Transferred to 5th Canadian Batta-
lion, May, 1917.

Killed in Action, 16th August, 1917, while leading his men at
Hill 70.

Paton, Robert — Lieutenant. Born 27th June, 1894, at
Edinburgh, Scotland. Father, James S. Paton, Blind Manu-
facturer. Educated at Royal High School, Edinburgh. Entered
the service of the Bank, 27th September, 1912. Enlisted, 30th
June, 1915, from Biggar branch, in Princess Patricia's Canadian
Light Infantry, with the rank of Private. Promoted Lieutenant,
January, 1918. Principal actions : Sanctuary Wood, 1916; Cambrai
1918. Gun shot wound — fractured jaws, and injuries to the knees,
hip and back; bullet through the left lung, and gassed, 12th May,
1916. Demobilized, March, 1919. Returned to duty with the
Bank, 11th March, 1919. Retired from the service of the Bank,
26th September, 1919, to study law. 116.



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Patrick, David John William — Sergeant. Born 21st
January, 1895, at Ayr, Scotland. Father, John S. Patrick.
Accountant. Educated at Ayr Academy. Entered the service of
the Bank, 21st December, 1910. Enlisted, 10th December, 1916,
from San Francisco branch, in 143rd Canadian Battalion, with the
rank of Private. Transferred to 47th Canadian Battalion, 10th
May, 1917; 4th Canadian Divisional Wing, 22nd February, 1918;
"D" Wing, Canadian Corps Camp, 7th January, 1919. Promoted
Lance-Corporal, 28th January, 1917; Sergeant, 1st October, 1917.
Service and principal actions: La Culotte, Lens, 1917. Instruc-
tional work with 4th Canadian Divisional Wing; Administrative
work with "D" Wing, Canadian Corps Camp. Returned to duty
with the Bank, 16th August, 1919. Retired from the service of
the Bank, 15th January, 1920, to take up chartered accountancy.

^Patterson, Gerald Stewart — Private. Born 5th February,
1893, at Tenby, South Wales. Father, Rev. R. Stewart Patterson,
Army Chaplain (retired). Educated at St. Oswald's College,
Ellesmere, England. Entered the service of the Bank, 1st March,
1912, from Eastern Townships Bank. Enlisted, August, 1914,
from St. Catharines branch, in 4th Canadian Battalion, with the
rank of Private.

Contracted spinal meningitis in the trenches in France, 5th
March, 1915, and died 8th March, 1915.

Patterson, John Kirkpatrick — Captain. Born 21st Jan-
uary, 1893, at Londonderry, Ireland. Father, William Patterson,
Schoolmaster. Educated at Foyle College, Londonderry. Entered
the service of the Bank, 24th October, 1910. Enlisted, 5th January,
1915, from First Street West, Calgary, branch, in 12th Canadian
Mounted Rifles, with the rank of Trooper. Transferred to 15th
Reserve Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, as Second Lieutenant, 15th
June, 1915. Promoted Lieutenant, 12th July, 1917; Captain, 7th
June, 1918. Service and principal actions: Somme, 1916; engaged
in training Reserve Units in England, and served as an Assistant
Superintendent of Physical Training, 1918. Gun shot wound in the
right side, 15th September, 1916. Demobilized, 23rd January,
1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 9th June, 1919. 128, 150.

+ Patton, Norman Edwin Greenfield — Private. Born 27th
February, 1896, at Minnedosa, Manitoba, Canada. Father, John
Killips Patton, Druggist. Educated at King Edward and Clinton
Public Schools, and Harbord Collegiate Institute, Toronto.
Entered the service of the Bank, 25th June, 1912. Enlisted, 3rd



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September, 1915, from St. Catharines branch, in 35th Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 21st Canadian
Battalion; 3rd Canadian Battalion, February, 1916; Princess
Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, May, 1916. Service: In the
Ypres sector with 3rd Battalion, from March, 1916, to May, 1916.
Killed in Action, at Sanctuary Wood, while on outpost duty
with Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, 4th June, 1916.

Peacocke, Harry William — Second Lieutenant. Born 8th
January, 1898, at London, England. Father, Harry Godfrey
Peacocke, Accountant, Military District No. 6. Educated at
Civil Service School, London, England. Entered the service
of the Bank, 24th November, 1913. Enlisted, 8th January, 1916,
from Halifax branch, in 3rd Canadian Divisional Train, with the
rank of Private. Transferred to 4th Canadian Divisional Train,
7th July, 1916; Royal Air Force, February, 1918. Promoted
Lance-Corporal, 25th January, 1916; Corporal, 5th February,
1916; Sergeant, 12th February, 1916; Second Lieutenant
8th November, 1918; Service and principal actions: Forward
transport work — Ypres, Somme, 1916; Vimy, Lens, Passchendaele,
1917; Arras, 1918. DemobiHzed, 2nd May, 1919. Returned to
duty with the Bank, 5th May, 1919.

Pearce, Charles Henry — Private. Born 11th February,

1893, at Bromley, Kent, England. Father, Herbert Pearce,
Educated at Board School. Entered the service of the Bank,
10th August, 1912. Enlisted, 5th January, 1918, from Head
OflBce, Toronto, in Canadian Army Medical Corps, with the rank
of Private. Service: Employed as fire picket at Base Hospital,
Toronto, and on Police Duty at Orthopaedic Hospital, Toronto.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 28th April, 1919.

Peaee, Robert Humphrey — Sergeant. Born 19th April,

1894, at Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland. Father, Robert
Hawtry Peare, Estate Owner and Farmer. Educated at Grammar
School, Clonmel, St. Andrew's College, Dublin, and Tate School,
Wexford. Entered the service of the Bank, 8th June, 1912.
Enlisted, 14th May, 1917, from Elfros branch, in Royal Flying
Corps, with the rank of Private. Transferred to Royal Air Force,
1st April, 1918. Promoted Corporal, 1st July, 1918; Sergeant, 9th
July, 1918. Service : Engaged in clerical duty in Canada. Demob-
ilized, 10th March, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 4th
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Pearson, Ernest Gladwin — Driver. Born 5th January,
1894, at Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. Father, James K. Pearson
(deceased) . Educated at Colchester Academy. Entered the service
of the Bank, 2nd May, 1912. Enli.sted, 31st July, 1916, from New
Westminster branch, in 68th Depot Battery, Canadian Artillery,
with the rank of Driver. Transferred to No. 1 Section, 3rd
Canadian Divisional Ammunition Column, France, May, 1917.
Principal actions: Passchendaele, 1917; Amiens, Arras, Drocourt-
Queant Line, Cambrai, Mons, 1918. Demobilized, 1st April,

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

Pearson, Frederick Beverly — Gunner. Born 26th July,

1896, at Stratford, Ontario, Canada. Father, Robert Harvey
Pearson (deceased). Educated at Stratford Collegiate Institute.
Entered the service of the Bank, 14th January, 1913. Enlisted,
1st June, 1915, from Stratford branch, in No. 2 Field Ambulance
Depot, with the rank of Private. Transferred to No. 3 Canadian
General Hospital (McGill), 5th September, 1915; 6th Siege
Battery, Canadian Artillery, 5th December, 1917. Service and
principal action: Clerical work with No. 3 Canadian General
(McGill) Hospital; Arras, August, and September, 1918. Demob-
ilized, 21st February, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 1st
October, 1919. Retired from the service of th^ Bank, 4th October,

1920, to accept a position with the Avon Hosiery Limited.

•I-Pearson, Marshall Alfred — Bombardier. Born 22nd Sep-
tember, 1893, at Stratford, Ontario, Canada. Father, Robert
Harvey Pearson (deceased). Educated at Stratford Collegiate
Institute. Entered the service of the Bank, 2nd December, 1910.
Enlisted, 10th x\ugust, 1915, from London, Ontario, branch, in
No. 2 Canadian Field Ambulance Depot, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 3rd Canadian Divisional Engineers, April, 1916,
and later to 20th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery. Promoted
Bombardier.

Killed in Action, at Amiens, 6th August, 1918.

(Brother of F. B. Pearson).

Peers, Murray McNealy — Corporal. Born 30th September,

1897, at Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada. Father, Frank L. Peers,
(deceased). Educated at Springhill School. Entered the service
of the Bank, 26th February, 1915. Enlisted, 2nd February, 1918,
from Charlottetown branch, in 1st Depot Battalion, Nova Scotia
Regiment, with the rank of Private. Promoted Lance-Corporal,
4th April, 1918; Corporal, 1st August, 1918. Served with "H"



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Company, Depot Battalion, at Charlottetown, P.E.I. Demobil-
ized, 20th February, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 3rd
March, 1919.

Peirson, Frederick Richard — Captain, M.C. and bar. Born
23rd May, 1895, at Southampton, England. Father, Rev. F. W.
Peirson, Clergyman. Educated at St. John's School, Leatherhead.
Entered the service of the Bank, 8th December, 1912. Enlisted,
June, 1915, from Wellington Street, Sherbrooke, branch, in 60th
Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 12th
Northumberland Fusiliers, 9th September, 1916. Promoted T.ance-
Corporal, September, 1915; Corporal, November, 1915; Sergeant,
January, 1916; Second Lieutenant, September, 1916; Lieutenant,
January, 1917; Captain, October, 1917. Principal actions: Third
Battle of Ypres, Somme, 1916; Arras, Ypres, 1917; German
advance of 21st March, 1918; Ypres, German retreat from Aisne
to Marne, 1918.

Awarded

The Military Cross

"For most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to

duty. He led a bombing party in the most gallant

manner against a barricade, and himself shot two of

the enemy with his revolver."

(London Gazette, 5th May, 1917.)

Also Awarded
A Bar to the Military Cross
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.
This officer, having been sent back to bring up a
reserve company, was unable to find his commanding
officer on his return, but found that the enemy had
occupied part of the Hne. He promptly formed a
defensive flank with the reserve company and any
other men he could collect, and by hard fighting
checked the enemy's progress. By the afternoon
all the officers except himself were either killed or
wounded, and it was only by his coolness, in walking
up and down the line under intense fire, that he
managed to encourage the men to maintain their
position.

(Supplement to the London Gazette, 16th September,
1918.)
Wounded (shrapnel), 3rd May, 1918; gassed, September, 1918.
Subsequent occupation: With The Hudson Bay Company. 222.



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Penney, George Gerard — Signaller. Born 24th October,
1899, at Ramea, Newfoundland. Father, J. T. Penney, Fish
Merchant. Entered the service of the Bank, 18th October, 1915.
Enlisted, 3rd January, 1917, from Truro branch, in 10th (Halifax)
Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Shell
shock, 29th May, 1918. DemobiUzed, 14th May, 1919.

Pentreath, Harold Edwyn Anson — Lieutenant. Born 13th
April, 1891, at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Father, Rev. Edwin
S. W. Pentreath, D.D., Archdeacon of Columbia. Entered the
service of the Bank, 1st March, 1912, from Eastern Townships
Bank. Enlisted, 29th July, 1915, from East Vancouver branch,
in 102nd Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Promoted
Lieutenant, 1st July, 1917. Principal actions: Lens, Arras,
Passchendaele, 1917; Amiens, Arras, Cambrai, Mons, 1918.
Demobilized, 16th June, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank,
31st July, 1919.

Perry, Matthew Henry — Corporal. Born 25th July, 1889,
at Kirkfield, Ontario, Canada. Father Matthew Perry (deceased).
Educated at Dauphin, Manitoba, Public and High Schools.
Entered the service of the Bank, 26th October, 1909. Enlisted,
September, 1917, from Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria, branch, in Can-
adian Army Medical Corps, with the rank of Private. Transferred
to 5th Royal Canadian Garrison Artillery, Victoria, June, 1918.
Promoted Corporal, July, 1918. Service: Garrison duty
in the Halifax forts in 1918. Demobilized, 13th December, 1918.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 12th March, 1919.

Persons, La Verne Walter — Bombardier. Born 7th
August, 1893, at OberHn, Ohio, U.S.A. Father, Walter Persons.
Educated at Oberlin Academy and Oberlin University. Entered
the service of the Bank, 6th July, 1917. Enlisted, December,
1917, from Toronto branch, in Cobourg Heavy Battery, Cana-
dian Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Promoted Bombar-
dier, June, 1918. Trained in Canada and England. Demobilized,
12th January, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 28th
January, 1919. Retired from the service of the Bank, 11th
October, 1919.

Peters, S. A. — Army Field Clerk, U.S. Army. Born 23rd
March, 1896, at Spirit Lake, Iowa, U.S.A. Father, Samuel A.
Peters, Farmer. Educated at Washington High School, Sioux Falls,
South Dakota, and Ashland High School, Ashland, Oregon.
Entered the service of the Bank 2nd October, 1916. Enlisted,



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18th June, 1917, from Portland branch, in United States
Coast Artillery, with the rank of Private. Promoted Corporal,
22nd July, 1917; Sergeant, 24th July, 1917; Sergeant-Major,
Junior Grade, 28th September, 1918; Army Field Clerk, 7th
October, 1918. Service: Employed in clerical work on the Pacific
coast.

Note: Before entering the service of the Bank, Mr. Peters
served some time in the Oregon National Guard, Coast Artillery.
+Petipas, Hubert Edward — Second Lieutenant. Born 25th
May, 1894, at Barrio's Beach, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Father, Hubert Petipas, Farmer. Educated at East Tracadie
Public School and High School. Entered the service of the
Bank, 2nd February, 1915. Enlisted, 25th November, 1915,
from Moncton branch, in 145th Canadian Battalion, with the rank
of Private. Transferred to 165th Canadian Battalion, 24th April,
1916; Canadian Forestry Corps, 9th May, 1917; Royal Flying
Corps, 29th November, 1917. Promoted Sergeant, 25th April.
1916; Second liieutenant, 15th February, 1919. Service: Infantry
training in Canada and England, and training for pilot (in Egypt)
with the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force. Demobilized.
15th September, 1919.

Died, 24th March, 1920.

Peto, Edgar James— Corporal. Born 19th October, 1893, at
Emerson, Manitoba, Canada. Father, Leonard Peto, Farmer.
Entered the service of the Bank, 10th January, 1913. Enlisted,
1st December, 1915, from Central Butte branch, in 37th Battery,
Canadian Field Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Transferred to
16th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery (Northern Russia), 20th
September, 1918. Promoted Corporal, 1st December, 1917.
DemobiHzed, 17th July, 1919.

Petrie, Miss Helen Vivien — Nursing Sister. Born
Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Father, John Dalzell Petrie. Entered
the service of the Bank, 27th April, 1914. Enlisted, 29th February,
1916, from Inspector's Department, Winnipeg, in Canadian Army
Medical Corps, with the rank of Nursing Sister. Service: Nursing
in Third Canadian Stationary Hospital, DouUens. DemobiUzed,
March, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 24th July, 1919.
268.

Petrie, Sydney Sinclair— A.B., R.N.C.V.R. Born 2nd
August, 1892. Father, Robert Sinclair Petrie, Commercial Trav-
eller. Entered the service of the Bank, 17th August, 1910. En-
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Canadian Volunteer Reserve, with the rank of A.B. Returned to
duty with the Bank, 11th February, 1920.

+Pettes, Jerry Curtis — Private. Born 18th June, 1896, at
Knowlton, Quebec, Canada. Father, A. W. Pettes, Merchant.
Educated at Knowlton Academy and Stanstead Wesleyan College.
Entered the service of the Bank, 20th January, 1915. Enlisted,
27th September, 1917, from Knowlton branch, in Canadian Army
Medical Corps, with the rank of Private. Service: In Canada
(during the Halifax explosion), and in England and France.

Killed during the German air raid on the Canadian Hospital
at Etaples, France, 19th May, 1918.

Note: We quote the following letter from Sergeant-Major
A. P. Reid (also of our staff), referring to Private Pettes' death:

"Private J. C. Pettes of Knowlton, Quebec, branch, lost his
life in these quarters on the night of May 19th. He was killed
while asleep in his hut. Pettes was one of the best soldiers I have
known and was held in great esteem by all who knew him."

We refer our readers to the description of this particular air