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BattaHon, 28th April, 1917; 5th Canadian Battalion, 30th August,
1917. Promoted Lieutenant, 28th April, 1917; Captain, 18th
September, 1918. Principal actions: Passchendaele, 1917;
Amiens, Cambrai, 1918. Wounded in the left arm, 1st October,
1917. Demobihzed, 30th April, 1919. Returned to duty with the
Bank, 12th May, 1919.

Robertson, James — Flight Cadet. Born 2nd August, 1898,
at Leeds, Yorkshire, England. Father, Charles Robertson
(deceased). Educated at Fielding (Saskatchewan) Public and
High Schools. Entered the service of the Bank, 17th November,
1915. Enlisted, 27th March, 1916, from Wilcox branch, in 128th
Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to
196th (Western Universities) Battalion, 15th July, 1916; 5th Can-
adian Battalion, France, December, 1917; Royal Air Force, 10th
July, 1918, with the rank of Flight Cadet. Served eight months
in France as a Signaller; subsequently trained for a pilot's certifi-
cate in the Royal Air Force. Demobilized, 20th February, 1919.
Subsequent occupation: Joined the Imperial Bank of Canada.

Robertson, James Stirling — Staff Sergeant. Born 17th
July, 1893, at Stoney Kirk, Scotland. Father, Alexander B.
Robertson, Schoolmaster. Educated at Stoney Kirk PubHc School
and Stranraer Higher Grade School. Entered the service of the
Bank, 29th May, 1914. Enlisted, 27th September, 1915, from
North Hatley branch, in 73rd Battalion, Royal Highlanders of
Canada, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 13th Battalion,
Royal Highlanders of Canada, 15th April, 1917. Promoted Cor-
poral, 27th February, 1918; Sergeant, 15th April, 1918; Staff
Sergeant, 18th October, 1918. Service and principal actions:
Ypres salient, Somme, 1916; Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, 1917; on
Orderly Room Staff of Quebec Regimental Depot, 29th November,
1917. Invalided (gas poisoning) August, 1917. Returned to duty
with the Bank, 31st March, 1920.

Robertson, Reginald Victor — Private. Born 12th Nov-
ember, 1896, at St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada. Father,
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High School. Entered the service of the Bank, 16th September,
1915. Enlisted, 18th January, 1918, from Lloydminster branch,
in 1st Depot Battalion, Saskatchewan Regiment, with the rank
of Private. Service in Canada (on account of being medically
unfit for active service). Demobilized, 24th January, 1919.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 10th December, 1918.

Robinson, Benjamin Henry Percy — Lieutenant. Born 26th
June, 1890, at Woodgreen, England. Father, B. H. Robinson,
Traveller. Educated at Charterhouse School. Entered the ser-
vice of the Bank, 16th July, 1909. Enlisted, 10th June, 1915,
from Vernon branch, in 47th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of
Private. Promoted Lance-Corporal, 8th April, 1916; Corporal,
20th November, 1916; Sergeant, 23rd August, 1917; Lieutenant,
3rd October, 1918. Demobilized, 10th June, 1919. Returned to
duty with the Bank, 2nd August, 1919. Retired from the service
of the Bank, 6th March, 1920.

Robinson, Edward Leonard — Corporal. Born 26th October,
1896, at Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. Father, Charles Robin-
son (deceased). Entered the service of the Bank, 30th August,
1915. EnHsted, 23rd December, 1915, from Walkerton branch,
in 160th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Trans-
ferred to 47th Canadian Battalion, 29th March, 1918. Promoted
Corporal, 14th February, 1919. DemobiUzed, 22nd April, 1919.

Robinson, James — Lieutenant. Born 27th March, 1895, at
Broughshane, County Antrim, Ireland. Father, Joseph Robinson,
Farmer. Educated at Broughshane School. Entered the ser-
vice of the Bank, 14th March, 1913. Enlisted, July, 1915, from
London, England, branch, in Royal Irish Rifles, with the rank of
Private. Posted to 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. Promoted
Second Lieutenant, 26th April, 1917; Lieutenant, 26th October,
1918. Principal actions: Ypres, 16th August, 1917; Cambrai,
November, 1917; St. Quentin, 21st March, 1918, as Battalion
Signal Officer, and afterwards as Acting Adjutant. Wounded
(shrapnel) in the groin, and taken prisoner of war, 21st March, 1918.
Demobilized, 17th July, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank,
26th July, 1919. 281.

Robinson, John Daniel — Lieutenant. Born 15th October,
1890, in England. Father, Daniel Robinson, Civil Engineer.
Educated at Bakewell School. Entered the service of the Bank,
12th October, 1911. EnHsted, 28th January, 1915, from Portage
Avenue, Winnipeg, branch, in 45th Canadian BattaUon, with the



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rank of Private. Transferred to 78th Canadian Battalion, 12th
October, 1915. Promoted Lance-Corporal, March, 1915; Corporal,
April, 1915; Sergeant, June, 1915; Lieutenant, 12th October,
1915. Principal actions: Somme, 1916, as Platoon Commander.
Wounded (sniper's bullet) in the left tibia, 19th November, 1916.
Subsequent occupation: Farming.

RoBOTHAM, George Henry — Flight Cadet. Born 1st August,
1895, at Parkhill, Ontario, Canada. Father, F. W. Robotham,
Garage Owner. Educated at Parkhill High School. Entered the
service of the Bank, 13th April, 1912. Enlisted, 25th January,
1918, from West End, Sault Ste. Marie, branch, in 1st Depot
Battalion, 2nd Central Ontario Regiment, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to Royal Air Force, 1st April, 1918. Service: Finished
pilot's course in the Royal Air Force. DemobiUzed, 20th Dec-
ember, 1918. Returned to duty with the Bank, 2nd January, 1919.

RoBSON, John Samuel McConnell — Private. Born 19th
December, 1894, at Lisburn, County Down, Ireland. Father,
Rev. Robert Robson, Presbyterian Minister. Educated at Lisburn
Intermediate School and Royal Belfast Academical Institution.
Entered the service of the Bank, 13th November, 1911. Enlisted,
May, 1915, from Nelson branch, in 54th (Kootenay) Battalion, with
the rank of Private. Principal action: Somme, 1916. Shell shock
and concussion, 3rd November, 1916; trench fever and dysentery,
18th November, 1916. Demobilized, 7th May, 1918, on account
of being medically unfit for further military service. Returned to
duty with the Bank, 12th June, 1918.

Roche, Gordon Leopold — Private. Born 23rd February,
1893. Father, John Roche, Commercial Traveller. Entered the
service of the Bank, 21st March, 1911. Enlisted, April, 1918, from
Hanna branch with the rank of Private. Service: Clerical work
in Canada.

Rodger, John Ritchie — Lieutenant. Born 6th March, 1893,
at Edinburgh, Scotland. Father, William Ritchie Rodger,
Sohcitor, Supreme Court of Scotland (deceased). Educated at
George Watson's College, Edinburgh, and Heriot's College.
Entered the service of the Bank, 29th May, 1909. Enlisted, 1st
April, 1916, from Lougheed branch, in 196th Canadian Battalion,
with the rank of Private. Transferred to 19th Reserve Battalion;
Officers' Training Corps, Bexhill; 9th Reserve Battalion, 28th
April, 1917; Royal Flying Corps, 15th May, 1917. Promoted Lieu-
tenant. Service and principal actions: On active service with the



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Royal Air Force — German Advance, Amiens, 21st March, 1918;
Armenti^rcs, April, 1918; Soissons, Chdteau Thierry, St. Mihiel,
British Advance, 1918. Wounded — ^concussion — 11th August,
1918. Returned to duty with the Bank, 31st May, 1919.

+R0DGERSON, J.\MES Stuart — Lieutenant. Born 8th Decem-
ber, 1889. Father, Rev. William Patrick Rodgerson, United
Presbyterian Minister (deceased). Entered the service of the
Bank, 8th March, 1909. Enhsted, February, 1916, from Strath-
more branch, in 56th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of
Private. Transferred to 9th Canadian Battalion, and subsequently
to 102nd Canadian BattaHon. Promoted Lieutenant.

Killed in Action, 13th May, 1917.

"He was a fine soldier, a good officer, and a very gallant gentle-
man." — His Commanding Officer.

*RoGERs, Gilbert — Corporal. Born 25th November, 1888, at
Aberbeeg, Monmouthshire, Wales. Father, George Rogers,
Railway Employe. Educated at Aberbeeg Board School. Entered
the service of the Bank, 24th June, 1913. Enlisted, May, 1915,
from Calgary branch, in 56th Canadian Battalion, with the rank
of Private. Transferred to 31st Canadian Battalion. Promoted
Corporal.

Killed in Action, 6th June, 1916.

Rogers, Thomas Runciman — Sergeant, M.M. Born 26th
August, 1895, at Edinburgh, Scotland. Father, Henry Rogers,
Oil Refiner. Educated at Bathgate Academy. Entered the ser-
vice of the Bank, 23rd February, 1914. Enlisted, 6th April, 1915,
from Bawlf branch, in 31st Canadian Battalion, with the rank of
Private. Promoted Sergeant, August, 1917. (Recommended for
a commission but wounds prevented its acceptance.)
Awarded
The Military Medal
for
Bravery in the Field
At Passchendaele
Shrapnel wound in the head, 6th November, 1917. Demobilized,
6th June, 1918, on account of being medically unfit for further
military service, due to severity of wounds. Subsequent
occupation: Farming.

RoNALDsoN, Thomas Shirreff — Sergeant, M.M. Born 19th
August, 1895, at Edinburgh, Scotland. Father, Peter Ronaldson,
Chartered Accountant (deceased). Educated at George Watson's



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College, Edinburgh. Entered the service of the Bank, 9th May,
1913. Enlisted, 10th August, 1914, from Fort Frances branch, in
98th Regiment (Old Militia), with the rank of Private. Trans-
ferred to 8th Battalion (90th Winnipeg Rifles), on arrival at
Valcartier, August, 1914. Promoted Corporal, August, 1914;
Sergeant, 23rd October, 1914. Service: With 8th Battalion from
the time of its arrival in France (February, 1915) until captured
by the Germans at the Second Battle of Ypres, 25th April, 1915.

Awarded
The Military Medal

for
Bravery in the Field.
Gassed, Ypres, April, 1915.

Note: Mr. Ronaldson, at the time of writing, is a patient at
the Dominion Orthopaedic Hospital, Toronto, where he is receiving
treatment rendered necessary by his long confinement in prison
camps in Germany. 217.

Roop, Alfred Norman — Sergeant. Born 1st January, 1893.
Father, Norman Roop, Master Mariner. Entered the service of
the Bank, 8th February, 1910. Enlisted, 12th April, 1916, from
Lewvan branch, in 145th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of
Private. Promoted Sergeant. On active service in France.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 6th June, 1919.

RosBOROUGH, Ralph Victor — Sergeant. Born 3rd Decem-
ber, 1897, at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Father, R. Ros-
borough. Bond Salesman. Entered the service of the Bank, 3rd
July, 1913. Enlisted, 17th January, 1916, from Halifax branch,
in Canadian Army Service Corps, with the rank of Private. Pro-
moted Corporal, 10th March, 1917; Sergeant, 6th September, 1918.
Demobilized, 21st June, 1919.

Rose, Henry Ewart— Major, M.C. Born 31st March, 1882,
at London, England. Father, Henry Edward Rose, Schoolmaster.
Educated at King's College, London. Entered the service of the
Bank, 12th October, 1902. Enhsted, 2nd September, 1915, from
Collingwood branch, where he was Accountant, in 58th Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Lieutenant. Promoted Captain,
September, 1916; Major, September, 1916. (Adjutant from
September, 1916, to February, 1918). Principal actions: Third
Battle of Ypres (Zillebeke); Somme (Courcellette), 1916; Vimy
Ridge, Avion, Passchendaele, 1917; Amiens, 8th August, 1918.



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Awarded
The Military Cross
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.
He led his Company with great coolness until he was
wounded. During the advance he observed an
enemy machine-gun firing on his Company from a
flank. He at once led his Company Headquarters
against the post. After a sharp fight he was
wounded. He, however, fought with great courage
until again wounded, this time severely. The
enemy post, together with several prisoners, was
captured."

(London Gazette, 11th January, 1919.)
Wounded in the skull, right thigh, left foot, back and hand, 8th
August, 1918. Demobilized, 2nd February, 1919. Returned to
duty with the Bank, 14th March, 1919. 310.

Ross, Bruce Forbes — Lieutenant. Born 10th April, 1899, at
Guatemala City, Central America. Father, George Forbes Ross (de-
ceased) . Educated at Lake Lodge, Grimsby, Ontario. Entered the
service of the Bank, 3rd August, 1915. EnHsted, 11th October, 1916,
from Grimsby branch, in 72nd Battery, Canadian Field Artillery,
with the rank of Gunner. Transferred to 2nd Cadet Wing, Royal
Air Force, Hastings, Sussex, 22nd October, 1917; 121st Squadron,
Narboro, Norfolk, 7th April, 1918; 104th Squadron, Independent
Air Force, 15th August, 1918. Promoted Second Lieutenant, 19th
March, 1918; Lieutenant, 19th March, 1919. Service and prin-
cipal actions: Air Raid on Mannheim, 7th September, 1918,
approximately 140 miles over the lines; long distance day bombing
with 104th Squadron, Royal Air Force; with Independent Air
Force under Major-General Sir Hugh Trenchard; with Army of
Occupation in Germany. Demobilized, 24th April, 1919.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 14th May, 1919. Retired from
the service of the Bank, 6th October, 1919, on account of ill health.

Ross, Frank Mackenzie — Captain, M.C. Born 14th April,
1891, at Glasgow, Scotland. Father, David Ross, Farmer.
Educated at Royal Academy, Tain, and Glasgow High School.
Entered the service of the Bank, 9th January, 1911. Enlisted, 15th
November, 1915, from Head OflBce, Toronto, in 134th Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Lieutenant. Transferred to 8th
Canadian Battalion, 28th December, 1917. Promoted Captain,
8th August, 1918. Service and principal actions: German Offen-
sive, March-April, 1918; Amiens, Arras, Cambrai, 1918.



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Awarded
The Military Cross
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on
9th August, 1918, during the attack east of the Amiens
Defence Line. Captain Ross was Adjutant of the
Battalion. He continually showed most exceptional
ability in organizing and preparing for the attack,
working without regard to personal fatigue, at any
time. Early in the attack when the Commanding
OflScer was killed he showed brilliant judgment in
handling a very diflScult situation. As the battalion
had suffered severe casualties, Lieutenant Ross volun-
tarily assumed other duties and although time and
again exposed to the most devastating fire, he never
hesitated in his endeavour to make the operation a
success. His cool bravery was a splendid example, his
resource a vital factor, in the success of the operation."
{London Gazette, September, 1918.)
Returned to duty with the Bank, 27th May, 1919. Retired from
the service of the Bank, 12th September, 1919, to accept a position
with the St. John Dry Dock and Dredging Company Limited.

Ross, George Harold — Lieutenant. Born 17th May, 1894,
at Londonderry, Ireland. Father, Rev. Robert William Ross,
Presbyterian Minister. Educated at Campbell College, Belfast.
Entered the service of the Bank, 22nd March, 1911. Enlisted, 2nd
November, 1915, from Hanna branch, in 89th Canadian Battalion,
with the rank of Lieutenant. Transferred to 10th Canadian Bat-
talion, 14th July, 1916. Principal actions: Somme, 1916; Vimy
Ridge, 1917. Fracture of the left femur, and wounded in the left
foot, 9th April, 1917. Demobilized, 17th July, 1919. Subsequent
occupation: Farming in Canada.

Ross, George Morrison — Lieutenant. Born 26th January,
1895, at South Victoria, Nova Scotia, Canada. Father, Charles
T. Ross, Farmer (retired). Educated at Springhill High School.
Entered the service of the Bank, 25th March, 1912. Enlisted,
15th November, 1917, from Moosomin branch, in Royal Flying
Corps, with the rank of Flight Cadet. Transferred to Royal Air
Force, 1st April, 1918. Promoted Lieutenant, 15th July, 1918.
Service: Qualified as a pilot, and commissioned in the Royal Air
Force, July, 1918; afterwards employed as Flying Instructor at
Camp Borden until 17th October, 1918. Injured in an aeroplane



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crash, at Camp Borden, 17th October, 1918 (fracture of the right
arm and of the nose). Returned to duty with the Bank, 28th
July, 1919.

Ross, Hugh — Gunner. Born 10th February. 1895, in Scot-
land. Father, Hugh Ross, Commercial Traveller. Educated at
Portobello Higher Grade School, Portobello, Scotland. Entered
the service of the Bank, 2nd September, 1913. Enlisted, 15th
January, 1916, from Strathroy branch, in Canadian Army Medical
Corps, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 9th Siege Battery,
Canadian Artillery, St. John, N.B., 15th April, 1918. Service and
principal actions: Pay Clerk, 15th January, 1916, to November,
1916; Pay Sergeant, November, 1916, to 15th April, 1918 (revert-
ing on transfer to Canadian Artillery). In action, Cambrai to
Mons, 1918. Demobilized, 11th May, 1919. Returned to duty
with the Bank, 4th June, 1919. Retired from the service of the
Bank, 31st December, 1919.

Ross, James — Corporal. Born 20th August, 1895, at Cavan,
Ireland. Father, Nathaniel Ross, Teacher. Educated at Farnham
National School, Cavan. Entered the service of the Bank, 15th
February, 1913. EnUsted, 12th January, 1915, from Sault Ste.
Marie branch, in 37th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 12th Reserve Battalion, 17th March, 1916; 5th
Canadian Mounted Rifles, 7th June, 1916. Promoted Corporal,
June, 1915. Principal action: Ypres, 4th July, 1916. Gun shot
wound in the left knee and left index finger, 4th July, 1916.
Demobilized, 8th October, 1918, on account of being medically
unfit for further military service.

Ross, Robert Stewart — Lieutenant. Born 1st January,
1886, at Dundalk, Ireland. Father, Robert Ross (retired).
Educated at Enniskillen. Entered the service of the Bank,
21st June, 1907. Enlisted, 19th July, 1915, from Superintendent's
Department, Vancouver, in 47th Canadian Battahon, with the rank
of Lieutenant. Service: Regina Trench (Somme), November,
1916. Gun shot wound in the chest. Returned to duty with the
Bank, 27th February, 1920.

Ross, Thomas, Jr. — Private. Born 4th April, 1895, at Island-
magee. County Antrim, Ireland. Father, Thomas Ross, Farmer
and Storekeeper. Educated at Carrickfergus Model School, and
Hughes Academy, Belfast. Entered the service of the Bank,
9th May, 1913. Enlisted, June, 1916, from Granum branch, in
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November, 1916, on account of being medically unfit for further
military service. Returned to duty with the Bank, 4th June, 1918.

+Ross, William Thomas Langston — Staff Sergeant. Born
26th February, 1889, at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Father,
John D. Ross, Civil Service (retired). Educated at Truro (N.S.)
Academy. Entered the service of the Bank, 29th May, 1905.
(Retired, 15th November, 1906.) Re-entered the service of the
Bank, 12th February, 1912. Enlisted, 10th June, 1915, from
Winnipeg branch, in 61st Canadian Battalion, with the rank of
Pay Sergeant. Promoted Staff Sergeant, 1st April, 1917. Service:
Employed at the Canadian Army Pay Corps, London, England,
1st May, 1916, to 1st June, 1918. Demobilized, 27th November,
1918.

Died, 9th May, 1920, from tuberculosis, contracted while
on active service.

RoTHWELL, Norman — Lieutenant. Born 4th January, 1897,
at Aghadowey, Ireland. Father, B. F. Rothwell. Educated at
Coleraine Academical Institution. Entered the service of the
Bank, 28th April, 1913. EnHsted, 9th August, 1914, from West
Side, Saskatoon, branch, in 105th (Saskatoon Fusiliers), with the
rank of Private. Transferred to 11th Canadian BattaHon, 30th
August, 1914; 8th BattaHon (Winnipeg Rifles), 31st January, 1915;
52nd Canadian Battalion, 23rd June, 1917. Promoted Lieutenant,
10th March, 1916. Principal actions: Second Battle of Ypres,
Festubert, 1915; Third Battle of Ypres, June, 1916; Lens, Hill 70,
Passchendaele, 1917. Wounded in the head (slight), 20th May,
1915; in the right arm, 14th June, 1916; in the neck, 26th October,
1917. Demobilized, 29th March, 1919. Returned to duty with
the Bank, 24th April, 1919. Retired from the service of the Bank,
11th November, 1919.

+RouLEAu, Henri Joseph — Private. Born 27th July, 1897, at
Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Father, Edouard Hector Rouleau,
Physician (deceased). Educated at St. Mary's, Calgary, and
Mount St. Louis, Montreal. Entered the service of the Bank, 1st
November, 1915. Enlisted, 16th May, 1916, from Calgary branch,
in 196th (Western Universities) Battalion, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 46th Canadian Battalion, April, 1917. Principal
action: Lens, 1917. Shrapnel wound in the back of the hand, 24th
June, 1917; gun shot wound in the right arm and chest, 21st August,
1917.

Died of Wounds, 13th September, 1917, at No. 9 British Red
Cross Hospital, Calais, France.



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Roy, Alfred Thomas — Corporal. Born 5th January, 1897,
at Stanstead, Quebec, Canada. Father, Joseph F. Roy, Machinist.
Educated at Stanstead Wesleyan College. Entered the service
of the Bank, 2nd January, 1913. Enlisted, 1st November, 1915,
from Richmond branch, in 87th Battalion (Canadian Grenadier
Guards), with the rank of Private. Promoted Corporal, May,

1918. Principal actions: Ypres, Somme, 1916. Wounded in the
arm (shrapnel), 22nd October, 1916. Demobilized, 6th February,

1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 24th February, 1919.

Roy, Joseph Adalbert — Private. Born 12th January, 1897,
at St. Ephrem de Beauce, Quebec, Canada. Father, Octave Roy,
Cheese and Butter Manufacturer. Educated at Beauceville
(Quebec) College. Entered the service of the Bank, 13th October,
1913. Enlisted, 8th March, 1918, from Vonda branch, in 1st
Depot Battalion, 2nd Quebec Regiment, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to Royal Air Force, 13th May, 1918; Mobilization
Centre, Military District No. 5, June, 1918. Service in Canada
with 1st Depot Battalion, Quebec Regiment, and clerical work
with MobiUzation Centre, Military District No. 5. (Medically
unfit for active service). Demobilized, 29th October, 1918.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 26th November, 1918.

+Rubery, Gilbert — Lance-Corporal. Born 16th May, 1891.
Father, W. B. Rubery, Manager, H. P. Parkes, England.
Entered the service of the Bank, 1st April, 1911. Enlisted, May,
1915, from Rainy River branch, with the rank of Private.
Promoted Lance-Corporal.

Died of pneumonia, on Active Service, 29th May, 1918.

Ryder, John — Private. Born 16th February, 1892, at New
Ross, Ireland. Father, George Ryder, Captain, Merchant Marine.
Educated at John Ivory School, New Ross. Entered the service
of the Bank, 9th May, 1913. EnHsted, March, 1916, from Innis-
free branch, in 151st Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 50th Canadian Battalion, October, 1916; 49th
Canadian Battalion, May, 1918. Principal actions: Vimy Ridge,
1917; Amiens, Arras, Cambrai, Mons, 1918. Gun shot wound
in the abdomen. May, 1917. Demobilized, April, 1919. Returned
to duty with the Bank, 1st April, 1919.

+Ryerson, John Egerton — Captain. Born 8th June, 1887, at
Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Father, Charles Egerton Ryerson,
Lawyer. Educated at Upper Canada College. Entered the
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from Wychwood, Toronto, branch, where he was Manager, in 9th
Canadian Trench Mortar Battery, with the rank of Lieutenant.
Transferred to 58th Canadian BattaHon, April, 1916. Promoted
Captain, June, 1916. Principal actions: Zillebeke, Third Battle
of Ypres, Somme, 1916.

Mentioned in Despatches
for
Gallant and Distinguished Service in the Field.
Killed in Action, by a sniper, 19th September, 1916. 107.

+Rymal, William Arthur — Second Lieutenant. Born 20th
August, 1895, at Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Father, John W.
Rymal, Traveller. Educated at Rose Avenue School, and Jarvis
Street Collegiate Institute, Toronto. Entered the service of the
Bank, 30th July, 1915. Enlisted, 14th July, 1917, from Toronto
branch, in 42nd Wing, Royal Flying Corps, with the rank of Flight
Cadet. Promoted Second Lieutenant. Served in France for one
year.

Accidentally Killed while serving as an Instructor at No. 1
Fighting School, Turnberry Camp, Ayrshire, Scotland, 5th Septem-
ber, 1918. Buried with full mihtary honours at Garvin, Scotland,
and afterwards reinterred at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto.

+Ryrie, Evan — Lieutenant. Born 15th February, 1894, at
Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Father, Harry Ryrie, Jeweller,
(deceased). Educated at Trinity College School, Port Hope, and
Toronto University. Entered the service of the Bank, 23rd
February, 1915. Left Spadina & College, Toronto, branch, to take