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+Phair, Terence Hugh Osmond — Flight Cadet. Born 11th
June, 1899, at Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada. Father, WiUiam
Phair (retired). Educated at Fort Frances Public School and
Bishop's College School, Lennoxville, Quebec. Entered the
service of the Bank, 13th October, 1915. Enlisted, 8th May,
1918, from Fort Frances branch, in Royal Air Force, with the rank
of Flight Cadet. Trained in Canada for a certificate as Pilot in
the Royal Air Force.

Died from peritonitis, following an operation for appendicitis,
14th June, 1918.

Pheeney, Harold Henry — Second Lieutenant. Born 11th
May, 1896, at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Father, Henry
Gregory Pheeney, Post Oflace Staff. Educated at County Academy
High School. Entered the service of the Bank, 13th October, 1913.
Enlisted, September, 1917, from Broderick branch, in 195th Can-
adian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to Royal
Flying Corps, 27th October, 1917. Promoted Corporal, 27th
December, 1917; Second Lieutenant, 20th June, 1918. Service:
Training in Texas and Canada for six months. Posted Overseas
20th July, 1918, and served in England until the cessation of
hostilities. Returned to duty with the Bank, 30th August, 1919.



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Philips, John Cross— Flight Cadet. Born 30th August, 1897.
Father, Thomas Phihps, Civil Engineer. Entered the service of
the Bank, 22nd November, 1915. Enlisted, May, 1918, from
Dundas branch.

Philips, Thomas Bruce — Lieutenant. Born 6th March,
1886, at Southport, England. Father, Thomas Philips, Civil
Engineer. Educated at George Heriot's Hospital, Edinburgh.
Entered the service of the Bank, 11th January, 1906. Enlisted,
6th February, 1916, from Yonge & College, Toronto, branch, where
he was Accountant, in 134th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of
Lieutenant. Transferred to 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles, May,
1918. Principal actions: Amiens, Arras, Mons, 1918. Wounded
in the right side at Monchy-le-Preux, 28th August, 1918. Demobil-
ized, March, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 31st March,
1919.

(Brother of J. C. Philips.)

Phillips, Hector — Sergeant. Born 26th May, 1889, at
Edinburgh, Scotland. Father, John Phillips, Nurseryman and
Seedsman (deceased). Educated at Trinity Academy, Leith;
Heriot-Watt College, Edinburgh, and King's College, London.
Entered the service of the Bank, 1st May, 1912. Enlisted, 25th
March, 1915, from Yonge & Queen, Toronto, branch, in 26th
Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, with the rank of Gunner.
Transferred to 12th Canadian Siege Battery, February, 1918.
Promoted Corporal, April, 1915; Sergeant, 9th March, 1919.
Principal actions: Vimy, 1917; Amiens, Arras, Cambrai, Valenci-
ennes, 1918. Returned to duty with the Bank, 10th November,
1919.

Philp, Wilfred Guy — Private (U.S. Army). Born 13th
December, 1895, at Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. Father, S. E. Philp,
Captain (Merchant Marine), Great Lakes. Educated at High
School, Victoria, B.C. Entered the service of the Bank, 13th
March, 1916. Enlisted, 7th May, 1917, from Portland branch,
in Coast Artillery Corps, with the rank of Private. Transferred
to 69th Artillery, Coast Artillery Corps, 3rd June, 1918; 36th
Artillery Brigade, Coast Artillery Headquarters, 21st November,
1918. Service: Trained in United States and England. Pro-
ceeded to France with 69th Artillery, 2nd September, 1918.
Demobilized, 22nd March, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank,
7th April, 1919. Retired from the service of the Bank, 30th
January, 1920, to study Commercial Art.



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PicKARD, Henky Thomas — Gunner. Born 31st March, 1899,
at Desboro, Ontario, Canada. Father, H. G. Pickard, M.D.
Entered the service of the Bank, 4th August, 1916. Enlisted, 25th
September, 1916, from Brandon branch, in 76th Battery, Canadian
Field Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Transferred to 5th
Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery, 7th November, 1917. Demob-
ihzed, 25th April, 1919.

PiCKEN, Edward Kennedy — Sergeant. Born 6th February,
1888, at Oldcastle, Ireland. Father, Edward Picken, Farmer.
Educated at Wesley College, Dublin. Entered the service of the
Bank, 5th August, 1910. Enhsted, August, 1914, from Calgary
branch, in Royal Canadian Dragoons, with the rank of Trooper.
Transferred, as Instructor, to Canadian Training School, Bexhill.
Promoted Lance-Corporal, 1917; Corporal, 1918; Sergeant, 1918.
Principal actions : Festubert, 1915; Somme, 1916; German Retreat
(Peronne); Passchendaele, Cambrai (Advance and Retirement),
1917; German Advance, March, 1918. Wounded — bullet in the
head — July, 1915; Machine-gun bullets in the knee, 30th March,
1918, during a cavalry charge at Rifle Wood, near Amiens. Demob-
ilized, July, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 20th July,
1919.

Pike, William — Private. Born 17th February, 1888, at
Bristol, England. Father, Charles Nightingale Pike, Confectioner
(deceased). Educated at Hannah More School, Bristol. Entered
the service of the Bank, 27th February, 1911. Enhsted, 12th May,

1916, from Saskatoon branch, in 96th Canadian Battalion, with the
rank of Private. Transferred to 92nd Canadian Battahon, October,
1916; 15th Canadian Battalion, February, 1917; 12th Reserve
Battalion, May, 1918. Principal actions: Vimy Ridge, Hill 70,

1917. Concussion (buried), at Lens, September, 1917. Demob-
ilized, 22nd May, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 1st
June, 1919.

+P1RIE, GoLDWiN McCausland — Private. Born 12th April,
1894, at Dundas, Ontario, Canada. Father, Alexander Eraser
Pirie, Newspaper Editor (deceased) . Educated at Dundas Pubhc
and High Schools, and Trinity College School, Port Hope.
Entered the service of the Bank, 15th July, 1913. Enlisted, 14th
August, 1914, from Yonge & Eglinton, Toronto, branch, in 1st
Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Principal actions:
Second Battle of Ypres, St. Julien, Langemarck, 1915. Gun shot
wound in the right arm and pelvis, 27th April, 1915.
Died of Wounds, 1st July, 1915.



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Note: Private Pirie lay in a shell-hole for three days and
two nights after he was wounded. He was finally located in an
unconscious condition and removed to a dressing station and to
hospital. Several operations were performed in an endeavour to
save his life, but he succumbed to his injuries on 1st July, 1915, at
Netley, England.

+P1TTENDRIGH, David Morice — Private. Born 18th Septem-
ber, 1893, at Edinburgh, Scotland. Father, D. M. Pittendrigh
(deceased) (late Agent of the London Evangelization Society).
Educated at Daniel Stewart's College. Entered the service of
the Bank, 12th June, 1913. Enlisted, March, 1915, from Phoenix
branch, in 48th Canadian Battalion (afterwards 3rd Canadian
Pioneers), with the rank of Private. Service: Three months'
pioneer work at the Front with his Battalion. Wounded by a
rifle bullet on 1st May, 1916.

Died of Wounds, 2nd May, 1916, at No. 10 Casualty Clearing
Station, France.

"Dear old Pitt — as popular among his comrades in arms as
among the old crowd on the football field. He was the life of us
all, always happy and singing."

"A great pal and a fine fellow, he will sure have his reward."

"The 'whitest' chap I ever knew."

"One of our best men and very popular, and more, he was
always one of the first to offer for any volunteer duty."

We quote the above letters from his comrades in action.

+Platne, Leslie — Second Lieutenant. Born 15th September,
1895, at Amberley, Gloucestershire, England. Father, Alexander
Whately Playne, Woollen Cloth Manufacturer. Educated at
Christ's Hospital. Entered the service of the Bank, 14th February,
1912. Enlisted, August, 1914, from Sarnia branch, in 27th Regi-
ment (St. Clair Borderers), Sarnia, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 1st Canadian Battalion, 1914; Canadian Army Pay
Corps; Royal Flying Corps, May, 1917. Promoted Pay Sergeant;
Second Lieutenant, May, 1917. Service: Scout Flying, and
Bombing in France.

Missing, and subsequently ofiScially presumed Killed in Action,
27th March, 1918.

Note: Lieutenant Playne failed to return from an offensive
bombing expedition, and no further news of him has been received.
280.

Plimmee, Frederick Thomas — Cadet. Born 26th Novem-
ber, 1888, in Barbados, British West Indies. Father, Thomas S.



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Plimmer, Jeweller and Watchmaker. Educated at Combermere
School. Entered the service of the Bank, Ist March, lOH, from
Eastern Townships Bank. EnHsted 9th May, 1918, from Crescent
& St. Catherine, Montreal, branch, in Canadian Engineers, with
the rank of Sapper. Promoted Corporal, 15th May, 1918; Cadet,
1st June, 1918. Service: Training in Canada in the Royal Air
Force. Demobilized, 29th August, 1918. Returned to duty with
the Bank, 16th September, 1918.

+PoLE, Arthur Douglas— Private. Born 14th July, 1889, at
Lerwick, Shetland Islands. Father, Alexander Pole, Physician.
Educated at George Watson's School, Edinburgh. Entered the
service of the Bank, 30th January, 1911. Enlisted, 4th March,
1916, from Vermilion branch, in 194th Canadian Battalion, with
the rank of Private. Attached to lOtli Canadian Battalion.
Shrapnel wounds in the face and arm, 1917.

Killed in Action, near Villers-lez-Cagnicourt, 2nd September,
1918.

Pollock, John Wallace — Driver. Born 4th June, 1898, at
Mille Isles, Argenteuil County, Quebec, Canada. Father, George
Pollock, (deceased). Entered the service of the Bank, 8th October,
1912. Enlisted, 28th March, 1916, from Montreal branch, in 66th
Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, with the rank of Driver. Prin-
cipal actions: Lens-Arras Front, September, 1917, to July, 1918;
Amiens, Arras, Cambrai, Valenciennes, Mods, 1918.

Pollock, Lawrence William Hogg — Private. Born 5th
March, 1891, at Alloa, Scotland. Father, John Pollock, Fruit
Farmer. Educated at Alloa Academy and Skerry's College.
Entered the service of the Bank, 13th December, 1909. Enlisted,
16th January, 1918, from Milk River branch, in 1st Depot Battalion,
with the rank of Private. Transferred to 31st (Alberta) Battalion,
September, 1918. Principal actions: Cambrai and Final Offen-
sive, 1918. Demobilized, 1st June, 1919. Returned to duty with
the Bank, 18th June, 1919.

PoLSON, Norman Smith — Lieutenant. Born 26th August,
1886. Father, H. Poison. Entered the service of the Bank, 13th
June, 1904. Enlisted, April, 1916, from Toronto branch, in 166th
Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Lieutenant. Returned to
duty with the Bank, 23rd April, 1919.

Ponton, Archibald Irvine — Private. Born 18th April,
1896. Father, A. W. Ponton (deceased). Entered the service of
the Bank, 1st November, 1915. Enlisted, 22nd November, 1915,
from Edmonton branch, with the rank of Private.



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Pope, Harold Wilfred Dominic — Captain. Born 4th
August, 1891, at Riviere du Loup, Quebec, Canada. Father, Sir
Joseph Pope, K.C.M.G. Entered the service of the Bank, 17th
February, 1908. Enlisted, 23rd November, 1915, from London,
England, branch, in Canadian Army Service Corps, with the rank
of I-ieutenant. Promoted Captain, 5th August, 1917. Demob-
ilized, 31st March, 1919.

PoRRiOR, Harry — Quartermaster-Sergeant. Born 10th April,

1894, at Montague, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Father, Cap-
tain Peter Porrior, Master Mariner. Educated at Montague High
School. Entered the service of the Bank, 22nd March, 1912.
Enlisted, November, 1914, from Alberton branch, with the rank of
Private. Promoted Quartermaster-Sergeant, April, 1915. Service:
Clerical duties in Canada until the Fall of 1918; service in North
Russia, 1918-19.

PouPART, Joseph Henry — Private. Born 29th January,
1896, at Point St. Charles, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Father,
Domina Poupart, G.T.R. Employe. Educated at St. Remi Com-
mercial College, St. Remi, Quebec. Entered the service of the Bank
9th March, 1914. Enlisted, 4th May, 1918, from Eastman branch,
in Royal Air Force, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 1st
Depot Battalion, 1st Quebec Regiment. Returned to duty with
the Bank, 14th November, 1918.

Powell, Harrison Clare — Private. Born 7th February,

1895, at Stouffville, Ontario, Canada. Father, Harrison Powell,
Manufacturing Chemist. Educated at Harbord Collegiate Insti-
tute. Entered the service of the Bank, 21st February, 1912.
Enlisted, 15th November, 1915, from Yonge & Queen, Toronto,
branch, in Canadian Cyclist Battalion, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to Canadian Ordnance Corps, August, 1916; Cyclist
Battalion, July, 1917. Principal actions: Amiens, Arras, Canal
du Nord, Cambrai, Valenciennes, 1918. Demobilized, 23rd April,
1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 26th May, 1919. Retired
from the service of the Bank, 29th February, 1920, to accept a
position in a life insurance company.

Power, Peter John — Private. Born 7th April, 1897, at
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. Father, P. Power, Marine Engineer.
Entered the service of the Bank, 4th November, 1915. Enlisted,
2nd November, 1917, from Rainy River branch, in Fort Garry
Horse, with the rank of Trooper. Demobilized, 5th June, 1919.



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PoYNTON, Arthur Reginald — Private. Born !20th April,
1894, at Tashing, Longford, Ireland. Father, John Foynton,
Farmer. Entered the service of the Bank, 2nd August, 1912.
Enlisted, 8th February, 1916, from Emo branch, in 141st Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 52nd Canadian
Battahon, 13th September, 1917. Wounded, 12th August, 1918.
DemobiHzed, 28th February, 1919.

Pratt, Herbert Ernest — Private. Born 7th August, 1895,
at Cavan, Ireland. Father, William Pratt, Farmer. Educated at
Cavan Royal School. Entered the service of the Bank, 11th
November, 1912. Enlisted, 20th August, 1915, from Nokomis
branch, in 10th Canadian Mounted Rifles, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 4th Canadian Divisional Cavalry, April, 1916;
44th Canadian Battahon, June, 1916. Principal actions: Somme,
1916; Vimy, Lens, Passchendaele, 1917; Amiens, Arras, Cambrai,
Valenciennes, 1918. Returned to duty with the Bank, 2nd July,
1919.

+PRATTB, Marc Aurele — Private. Born 25th March, 1900.
Father, deceased. Entered the service of the Bank, 8th November,
1915. Enlisted, September, 1916, from Sutton branch, in 119th
Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to
14th Canadian Battahon.

Killed in Action, 9th August, 1918.

Priestman, Harry Lawrence Eddey — Lieutenant. Born
26th January, 1894, at DubHn, Ireland. Father, Henry Priestman,
Chemist. Educatedat Educational Institute, Dundalk; Mountjoy
School, DubHn, and Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.
Entered the service of the Bank, 18th December, 1912. EnUsted,
26th October, 1916, from Vernon branch, in Canadian Cyclist
Corps, with the rank of Private. Transferred to British Columbia
Regiment, England, 29th December, 1917; 29th (Vancouver)
Battahon, France, 22nd April, 1918. Promoted Corporal, 10th
January, 1917; Sergeant, 1st March, 1917; Lieutenant, 4th April,
1917. Principal actions : Amiens, Arras, Canal du Nord, Cambrai,
Mons, 1918. Returned to duty with the Bank, 2nd July, 1919.

Pringle, Thomas John— Lance-Corporal. Born 25th Dec-
ember, 1896, at Stratford, Ontario, Canada. Father, James
Pringle, Secretary-Treasurer, Thornton & Douglas. Entered the
service of the Bank, 3rd August, 1915. Left Hamilton branch, to
take up mihtary duty, 11th November, 1915. Enlisted in Canadian
Mounted Rifles, with the rank of Private. Promoted Lance-
Corporal, 18th February, 1919. Demobilized, 25th April, 1919.



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Pkitchard, Richard Eryri — Sergeant. Born 30th October,
1895, at Carnarvonshire, Wales. Father, Richard Thomas
Pritchard, Sheep Rancher. Educated at the Beaumaris Grammar
School. Entered the service of the Bank, 27th June, 1913.
Enlisted, 20th March, 1916, from Melfort branch, in 78th Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Private. Promoted Sergeant, 24th
June, 1918. Principal actions: Somme, 1916; Amiens, Arras,
Bourlon Wood, Cambrai, Valenciennes, 1918.
Mentioned in Despatches
for
Devotion to Duty.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 2nd July, 1919.

Proctor, Gordon Campbell — Lieutenant. Born 30th Jan-
uary, 1890, at Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Father, George A. Proctor,
Contractor (retired). Educated at Sarnia Collegiate Institute.
Entered the service of the Bank, 30th July, 1906. Enlisted, 17th
December, 1914, from Lloydminster branch, in 9th Canadian
Mounted Rifles, with the rank of Trooper. Transferred to Can-
adian Engineers, 4th February, 1916. Promoted Lance-Corporal,
January, 1916; Sergeant, 4th February, 1916; Lieutenant, 11th
May, 1918. Service: Orderly Room Sergeant, 2nd Canadian
Tunnelling Company, in France, 10th March, 1916, to 23rd Jan-
uary, 1918. Returned to duty with the Bank, 11th January, 1919.

•J'Proudfoot, William — Lieutenant. Born 28th January,
1895, at Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Father, Hume Blake Proud-
foot, Surveyor and Engineer. Educated at Model School and
Harbord Collegiate Institute, Toronto. Entered the service of
the Bank, 12th July, 1915. Enlisted, 12th May, 1916, from Bloor
& Lippincott, Toronto, branch, in 92nd Canadian Battalion, with
the rank of Private. Served in France as a sniper from July, 1916.
Transferred to 26th (New Brunswick) Battalion, September, 1916.
After training at Bexhill for commission, was transferred to 15th
Battalion, returning to France, 19th August, 1918. Promoted
Sergeant, November, 1917; Lieutenant, May, 1918. Principal
actions: Ypres, The Somme, 1916; Hill 70, Passchendaele, 1917;
Cambrai, 1918.

Killed in Action, 27th September, 1918, at the taking of Sains-
lez-Marquion, near Cambrai.

Note: Lieutenant Proudfoot qualified as a Lieutenant in
Canada early in 1916, but reverted to the ranks in order to proceed
Overseas.



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PuGSLEY, Thompson Aubrey — Flight Cadet. Born 11th
July, 1896, at Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada. Father, J.
Newton Pugsley, Lumber Merchant. Educated at Mount Allison
Academy and Mount Allison University, Sackville, N.B. Entered
the service of the Bank, 5th March, 1914. Enlisted, 27th Novem-
ber, 1917, from Swift Current branch, in Roj'al Flying Corps, with
the rank of Flight Cadet. Transferred to Royal Air Force, 1st
April, 1918. Service: Training as a Pilot in the Royal Flying
Corps and Royal Air Force. Demobilized, 28th November, 1918.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 14th December, 1918.

PuRDON, Andrew — Corporal. Born 26th July, 1894, at Kil-
barchan, Scotland. Father, Andrew Purdon, Building Contractor.
Educated at Hutcheson's Grammar School, Glasgow. Entered the
service of the Bank, 12th June, 1913. Enlisted, 9th November,
1914, from Rock Creek branch, in 48th (British Columbia) Battalion,
with the rank of Private. Transferred to 7th Canadian Battalion,
17th May, 1917. Promoted Lance-Corporal, 25th August, 1917;
Corporal, 9th October. 1917. Principal actions: Third Battle of
Ypres, Somme, 1916; Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Passchendaele, 1917.
Gun shot wounds in the head and left leg (leg amputated), 10th
November, 1917. Returned to duty with the Bank, 7th July, 1919.

+PuRDY, Claude Chester — Flight Lieutenant. Born 5th
May, 1887, at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Father, Alexander
Purdy, M.D., Physician and Surgeon. Educated at Vancouver,
B.C. Entered the service of the Bank, 22nd June, 1903. Enlisted
22nd November, 1915, from Prince Rupert branch, where he
was Accountant, in Earl Grey's Own Rifles, with the rank of
Lieutenant. Transferred to Royal Naval Air Service, as Flight
Sub-Lieutenant, 1916. Promoted Flight Lieutenant, 1st Septem-
ber, 1917. Service: Operations against German air and water
craft over the North Sea, from Eastchurch, Calshot and Felixstowe
air stations.

Shot down in action over the North Sea, 15th February, 1918.

Note : We are indebted to Mr. Herbert Purdy, of the United
States Naval Aviation Service (his brother), for the following
details of Lieutenant Purdy's death:

"Claude was up with Ensign Sturtevant of Washington, who,
it seems, was an ensign from the United States learning the ropes,
Claude being first pilot, in charge and navigating the boat.

"The German who 'got' Claude was Proven Commander
Christiansen, who is the German ace of the North Sea, and in
charge of all German Air Forces in the North Sea. The Germans



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mentioned this in their oflBcial despatches. They do not mention
prisoners taken or not, as a rule.

"In fighting, the large boat comes down to about fifty feet

above water. Lieutenant F . says the machine was not shot

down in flames, and says such a report no doubt emanated from a

mechanic. Lieutenant F . also knew Fox, in the other machine,

and Fox reports Claude's machine being last seen fighting six
German planes and putting up a wonderful fight.

"All the British Naval Air men have been out to 'get' this boy
Christiansen for some time and Lieutenant F. has had fights with
him, one lasting ten minutes."

We quote the following letter written by a friend of the
deceased officer, relative to his death in action:

"We have had some exciting times lately. Ten days ago I
went out in one of our large machines, accompanied by C. C.
Purdy, in another. We were attacked by nine or ten German
machines across 'the other side.' I am sorry to say that Purdy's
machine was shot down and all the crew lost. I had been
out with Purdy quite a few times. He was a very keen pilot
and well liked on the station. He will be greatly missed." 22L

PuKDY, James Ringland — Captain. Born 10th November,
1889, at Drogheda, Ireland. Father, Captain James Purdy,
Veterinary Surgeon. Educated at Drogheda Grammar School.
Entered the service of the Bank, 11th December, 1911.
Enlisted, 5th August, 1914, from Winnipeg branch, in 11th
Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to
Canadian Army Pay Corps; 21st Canadian Battalion, and subse-
quently to 6th Battalion, Canadian Engineers. Promoted Sergeant,
January, 1915; Lieutenant, 10th November, 1915; Captain, 31st
October, 1917. Principal actions: Amiens, Arras, Cambrai, 1918.

"Brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War
for valuable services rendered in connection with the War."
(February, 1917).

Returned to duty with the Bank, 6th October, 1919. Retired
from the service of the Bank, 10th February, 1920. 181, 234.

Ptke, Denis Patrick — Lieutenant. Born 22nd December,
1891, at Belfast, Ireland. Father, Joseph Pyke, Insurance
Manager (deceased). Educated at the Lame Grammar School,
Larne, Ireland. Entered the service of the Bank, 15th February,
1913. Enlisted, May, 1915, from Saskatoon branch, in Princess
Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, with the rank of Private.



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Transferred to 8th London Regiment, as Second Lieutenant, and
later to Somerset Light Infantry. Promoted Lieutenant, July,
1917. Service: In command of "B" Company, 8th London
Regiment in the attack on Bullecourt (Somme), June, 1917.
Subsequently in action (native risings), at Lahore, Punjab, India.
Severely wounded, June, 1917. Demobilized, July, 1919. Returned
to duty with the Bank, 12th July, 1919.

Note: Lieutenant Pyke fortunately escaped uninjured when
the transport on which he was en route to India was torpedoed
and sunk in the Mediterranean.

QuiNTON, Sidney — Lieutenant, M.C. Born 29th February,
1888. Father, Frederick Quinton, Engineer. Entered the service
of the Bank, 29th September, 1908. EnHsted, May, 1916, from
Superintendent's Department, Winnipeg, in 184th Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Lieutenant. Transferred to 78th
Canadian Battalion.

Awarded
The Military Cross
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.
He volunteered to go forward and reconnoitre under
heavy shelling, when the situation in the front Une
was obscure. When the battalion carrying party had
suffered heavy casualties and both its officers had
been wounded, he reorganized them and worked
unceasingly in carrying ammunition to the front
line." {London Gazette.) 294.

Radclyffe, Guy — Second Lieutenant. Born 18th November,
1885. Father (deceased). Entered the service of the Bank, 11th
December, 1904. EnHsted, October, 1914, from Grand Forks
branch, with the rank of Private. Promoted Second Lieutenant.
Wounded in 1916.

Rafuse, Leslie Emerson — Flight Cadet. Born 21st
November, 1897, at Martin's Point, Nova Scotia, Canada. Father,
Norman Rafuse, Farmer. Educated at Martin's Point High
School. Entered the service of the Bank, 28th August, 1916.
Enlisted, 17th January, 1918, from New Glasgow branch, in Royal