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30th April, 1915; 32nd Canadian Battalion, 9th June, 1915;
Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre, February, 1916;
Canadian Army Pay Corps, 23rd May, 1916. Promoted Cor-
poral, 10th August, 1915; Sergeant, 10th October, 1915; StafiF
Sergeant, 4th April, 1917; Staff Quartermaster-Sergeant, 1st
December, 1917; Sergeant-Major, 1st April, 1918; Lieutenant,
1st October, 1918. Service and principal action: Festubert, May,
1915. Subsequently employed with the Canadian Army Pay Corps.
Wounded (chest), 19th May, 1915. Returned to duty with the
Bank, 3rd August, 1920.

+Shaw, Peter Boyd — Gunner. Born 21st June, 1888, at Old-
town, Stratherrick, Scotland. Father, Alexander Shaw, Farmer.
Educated at Stratherrick Public School, and High School, Inver-
ness. Entered the service of the Bank, 7th June, 1909. Enlisted,
November, 1917, from Penticton branch, in 68th Battery, Canadian
Field Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Transferred to 9th
Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. On active service with Can-
adian Field Artillery in France.

Died of Wounds, 13th October, 1918, at No. 30 Casualty
Clearing Station.

Sheaed, Reginald — FHght Cadet, M.M. Born 5th March,
1897, at Cape Town, South Africa. Father, Henry Sheard, late of
Canadian Ordnance Corps. Educated at Ottawa Collegiate Institute.
Entered the service of the Bank, 25th November, 1912. Enlisted,
18th February, 1915, from Ottawa branch, in 2nd Canadian
Divisional Signal Company, with the rank of Sapper. Transferred
to 1st Canadian Divisional Signal Company, 20th December, 1915;
Royal Air Force, 13th September, 1918. Promoted Lance-Corporal
September, 1916; Flight Cadet, 13th September, 1918. Principal
actions: Ypres, Somme, 1916; Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Passchendaele,
1917; Lens, 1917-18.

Awarded

The Military Medal

for

Bravery in the Field

At Hill 70,

August, 1917.



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Demobilized, 14th March, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank,
3rd July, 1919. Retired from the service of the Bank, 31st August,
1920.

Shepherdson, George Smith — Second Lieutenant. Born
22nd May, 1896. Father, H. Shepherdson, Wholesale Cabinet
Manufacturer. Entered the service of the Bank, 24th January,
1914. EnHsted, February, 1915, from Moosomin branch, in 10th
Canadian Mounted Rifles, with the rank of Trooper. Subse-
quently transferred to the Imperial Army, with the rank of Second
Lieutenant.

Sheppard, Harold Saxton — Bombardier. Born 3rd June,
1889, at Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Father, Saxton T. Sheppard,
Secretary-Treasurer, Aikenhead Hardware Limited. Educated at
Parkdale Collegiate Institute, and Upper Canada College. Entered
the service of the Bank, 2nd August, 1911. EnHsted, 22nd August,
1914, from Toronto branch, in 2nd Queen's Own Rifles, with the
rank of Private. Transferred to "B" Battery, Royal Canadian
Horse Artillery, 26th August, 1914. Promoted Bombardier, 5th
May, 1915. Principal actions: Ploegsteert, 1915; Somme, 1916.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 11th February, 1919.

*Sheppard, John Douglas — Lieutenant. Born 14th March,
1892, at Cayuga, Ontario, Canada. Father, John WilHam Shep-
pard, Assistant Inspector of Taxation, Hamilton District. Edu-
cated at Cayuga High School. Entered the service of the Bank,
8th February, 1909. Enlisted, 1st January, 1916, from Toronto
branch, in 114th (Haldimand) Battalion, with the rank of Lieu-
tenant. Transferred to 123rd Canadian Battalion, 20th April,
1917. Invalided to England, 14th December, 1917 (trench fever).
Died of influenza at Bramshott, England, 7th November, 1918.
Shiel, Lawrence Wemtss — Gunner. Born 12th January,
1895, in County Meath, Ireland. Father, William Patrick Shiel,
Physician. Educated at Blackrock College, County Dublin,
Ireland. Entered the service of the Bank, 13th December, 1913.
Enlisted, 1st November, 1917, from Claresholm branch, in 78th
Battery, Canadian Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Trans-
ferred to Canadian Reserve Artillery, 1st February, 1918.
Service: Engaged in routine duties at the Canadian Artillery base
in England. Demobilized, 29th March, 1919. Returned to duty
with the Bank, 31st March,. 1919.

Shink, Joseph Albert — Flight Cadet. Born 25th September,
1894, at St. Joseph, Levis, Quebec, Canada. Father, P. Shink,
Live Stock Dealer. Educated at Commercial Academy, Lauzon.



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Levis, Quebec. Entered the service of the Bank, 2nd June, 1913.
Enlisted, 19th August, 1914, from Quebec branch. Released,
December, 1914. Re-enlisted, June, 1918, from Quebec branch,
in Royal Air Force, with the rank of Flight Cadet. Transferred
to Canadian Garrison Artillery. Service in Canada. Demobilized,
5th December, 1918. Returned to duty with the Bank, 16th
January, 1919.

Shirley, John— Flight Cadet. Born 24th August, 1894, at
Dublin, Ireland. Father, James Shirley (retired). Educated at
St. Andrew's College, Dublin. Entered the service of the Bank, 9th
January, 1914. Enlisted, June, 1918, from Vonda branch, in Royal
Air Force, with the rank of FHght Cadet. Service: Training in the
Royal Air Force in Canada. Demobilized, November, 1918.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 7th December, 1918.

Short, William Smith— Private. Born 29th May, 1892, at
Berwick-upon-Tweed, Scotland. Father, John Short, Clerk.
Educated at East Ord and Morningside, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Entered the service of the Bank, 10th July, 1912. Enlisted, 1st
January, 1915, from Medicine Hat branch, in 3rd Canadian
Mounted Rifles, with the rank of Private. Transferred to
2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles, January, 1916. Service and
principal actions: Trench warfare, Messines, December, 1915;
Ypres salient, March-September, 1916; Somme, 1916; Lens,
April-June, 1917; attached to Canadian Corps Headquarters, June,
1917, to February, 1919. Demobilized, 31st March, 1919.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 31st March, 1919.

Shuttleworth, William Gibson — Lance-Corporal. Born
3rd August, 1895, at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Father, W.
Shuttleworth, Buyer (The T. Eaton Company Limited). Entered
the service of the Bank, 17th March, 1915. Enlisted, 9th March,
1916, from Toronto branch, in 201st Canadian Battalion, with the
rank of Private. Subsequently promoted Lance-Corporal. Demob-
ihzed, 6th October, 1916, on account of being medically unfit for
further military service.

SiFTON, Leonard Bamlet — Second Lieutenant. Born 3rd
December, 1895, at Thamesford, Ontario, Canada. Father, Joseph
Sifton, Farmer (retired). Educated at Woodstock School.
Entered the service of the Bank, 12th November, 1912. Enlisted,
28th February, 1916, from Seaforth branch, in 4th Canadian
Divisional Supply Column, with the rank of Private. Transferred
to Royal Flying Corps, November, 1917. Promoted Sergeant,
November, 1917; Second Lieutenant, 25th September, 1918.



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Service: With 4th Canadian Division from August, 1916, to Nov-
ember, 1917, in France; with the Royal Air Force in England and
France, from November, 1917, to 14th April, 1919.

Simpson, Alexander Noble — Sergeant. Born 4th June,

1893, at Fraserburgh, Scotland. Father, Henry Simpson, Fish-
curer (retired). Educated at Fraserburgh Higher Grade School.
Entered the service of the Bank, 27th September, 1912. Enlisted,
12th August, 1914, from Calgary branch, in Princess Patricia's
Canadian Light Infantry, with the rank of Private. Promoted
Lance-Corporal, 24th May, 1915; Sergeant, 28th June, 1917.
Principal actions: Ypres, Armentieres, 1915; St. Eloi, 1916; Lens,
1917. Wounded (shrapnel) in the back, leg and side, 4th May, 1915.
Demobilized, 28th April, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank,
1st May, 1919.

Simpson, Douglas Stuart — Signaller. Born 1st April, 1900.
Father, F. S. Simpson, Clerk of the Court, Red Deer. Entered the
service of the Bank, 16th August, 1915. Enlisted, December, 1916,
from Red Deer branch, in Canadian Artillery, with the rank of
Gunner.

Simpson, Elmer Fox— Sergeant. Born 28th April, 1892, at
Hancock, New York, U.S.A. Father, Benjamin F. Simpson
(deceased). Educated at Public and High Schools, and Trinity
College School, Port Hope. Entered the service of the Bank, 22nd
April, 1912. Enlisted, 6th February, 1915, from Sault Ste. Marie
branch, in 37th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 39th Canadian Battalion, June, 1916; 1st Training
BrigadeSchool, July, 1916; 23rd Reserve BattaUon; 14th Canadian
Battalion, August, 1917. Promoted Corporal, May, 1915;
Sergeant, July, 1915. Served as Sergeant Instructor in England
from July, 1915, to August, 1917; served with 14th Battalion in
France from August, 1917, to November, 1917. Wounded at
Passchendaele, 16th November, 1917, shrapnel in the knee and
shell gas. Demobilized, 18th March, 1919.

Simpson, Honetman Aitchison — Gunner. Born 17th May,

1894, at Newburgh, Fife, Scotland. Father, D. P. Simpson, Buyer.
Entered the service of the Bank, 29th September, 1913. Enlisted,
20th May, 1916, from Montreal branch, in No. 6 McGill Battery,
Canadian Artillery, with the rank of Gunner.

Simpson, James Henderson — Private. Born 11th February,
1892, at Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Father, William Simpson,
Contractor. Educated at Toronto Public and High Schools.
Entered the service of the Bank, 1st May, 1911. Enlisted, 6th



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August, 1914, from Gerrard and Pape, Toronto, branch, in 3rd
Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Trained in Canada
until discharged as medically unfit, 17th September, 1914. Re-
turned to duty with the Bank, 21st September, 1914.

Simpson, James Kilgour — Captain. Born 14th December,
1888, at Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Father, David
Simpson (deceased). Educated at Public and High Schools, at
Toronto, Brantford, Winnipeg and Vancouver. Entered the ser-
vice of the Bank, 25th April, 1904. Enlisted, 4th August, 1914,
from Victoria branch, in Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, with
the rank of A. B. Transferred to 29th Canadian Battalion, 11th
November, 1914; 58th Canadian Battalion, 21st January, 1917;
1st Depot Battalion, British Columbia Regiment, 20th January,
1918. Promoted Lance-Corporal, 20th October, 1916; Lieutenant,
21st January, 1917; Captain, 1st April, 1918. Principal actions:
Ypres, Somme, 1916; Vimy Ridge, Lens, Hill 70, Passchendaele,
1917. Gun shot wounds (multiple), 13th October, 1915; bullet
wound in the right arm, 28th October, 1917. Demobilized, 15th
December, 1918. Returned to duty with the Bank, 2nd January,
1919.

+S1MPSON, Stewart Basil — Lieutenant. Born 7th May, 1894,
at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Father, Rev.
Canon James Simpson, Priest Incumbent, St. Peter's Cathedral,
Charlottetown. Educated at St. Peter's School and Prince of
Wales College. Entered the service of the Bank, 1st November,
1909. Enlisted, June, 1915, from Montreal branch, in 55th
Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Lieutenant. Transferred to
5th Canadian Mounted Rifles, June, 1916. Service and principal
actions: Flanders, 14th August, 1916; Courcelette, 15th September,
1916; Regina Trench, 1st October, 1916.

Mentioned in Despatches
for
Gallant and Distinguished Service in the Field.
Shell shock and other injuries, 14th August, 1916.

Killed in Action, 1st October, 1916.

"He was killed while leading his Company to the assault on
a German trench, urging his men to follow him to the last. The
Battalion feels his loss deeply, as he had endeared himself to the
officers and men by his personal bravery and by his great gallantry."
— His Commanding Officer.

"His death was felt as a distinct loss to the Battalion, as he
gave much promise of rapid advance. I consider that he was one
of the best of our new officers." — His Second in Command.



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Sinclair, Alexander — Private. Born 6th August, 1883, at
Wick, Caithness, Scotland. Father, Alexander Sinclair, Grain
Merchant (deceased). Educated at Pulteneytown Academy,
Wick. Entered the service of the Bank, 14th December, 1915.
Enlisted, 2nd April, 1918, from North Winnipeg branch, in
1st Depot Battalion, Manitoba Regiment, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 18th Canadian Reserve Battalion, Seaford, Sussex,
19th August, 1918; No. 14, Canadian General Hospital Staff,
Eastbourne, Sussex, 11th December, 1918. Served as Hospital
Orderly with Canadian Army Medical Corps in England.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 29th July, 1919.

Sinclair, George Francis — Lance-Corporal. Born 12th
July, 1895, at Kirkhill, Scotland. Father, Rev. CoHn Sinclair,
Presbyterian Minister (deceased). Educated at Public School,
Toronto, and Harbord Collegiate Institute. Entered the service
of the Bank, 17th October, 1911. Enlisted, 15th September, 1915,
from Toronto branch, in 34th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery,
with the rank of Private. Transferred to Canadian Cavalry Depot,
Shornclifle, 30th October, 1915; Fort Garry Horse, January, 1916.
Promoted Lance-Corporal, 15th December, 1918. Principal
actions: Somme, 1916; St. Quentin, 1917. Slightly gassed,
Mametz Woods, August, 1916. Demobilized, 1st June, 1919.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 27th June, 1919.

^Sinclair, Neil Francis — Regimental Sergeant-Major. Born

27th July, 1890, at Moybeg-Moy, Inverness-shire, Scotland.

Father, Neil Sinclair, Inverness-shire Constabulary. Educated at

High School, Inverness. Entered the service of the Bank, 10th

July, 1912. Enlisted, 13th August, 1914, from Edmonton branch,

in Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, with the rank of

Private. Promoted Regimental Sergeant-Major. Service: In

action with P.P.C.L.I., in France, from December, 1914, to

January, 1917, with the exception of the period stated below.

Mentioned in Despatches

for

Gallant and Distinguished Service in the Field

(November, 1916).

Invalided to Base Hospital in France, Spring, 1915. Rejoined

Regiment in Summer of 1915.

Died at Frank Sanitorium, Alberta, Canada, 22nd September,
1197, from tuberculosis contracted on active service.

Size, Donald Clair — Signaller. Born 18th June, 1894, at
St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. Father, Peter Size (deceased).



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Educated at St. Thomas Collegiate Institute. Entered the service
of the Bank, 25th August, 1913. EnHsted, 19th April, 1918, from
Transcona branch, in 63rd Battery, Canadian Artillery, with the
rank of Driver. Transferred to Canadian Reserve Artillery,
England, 7th July, 1918; Canadian Artillery Regimental Depot,
25th March, 1919. Service: Artillery training in England.
Demobihzed, 4th July, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank,
5th August, 1919.

+Skead, George Carleton Mackay — Sergeant. Born 9th
July, 1894, at Wallace, Nova Scotia, Canada. Father, George
Skead, Railway Contractor (deceased). Educated at Halifax
Public School and County Academy. Entered the service of the
Bank, 26th October, 1911. EnHsted, April, 1915, from Bridge-
water branch, in 40th Canadian BattaHon, with the rank of Private.
Promoted Sergeant. Transferred to 26th (New Brunswick)
Battalion, July, 1916. Served in England as Signalling Instructor
for ten months; reverted to Private, to proceed to France. Served
at the taking of Courcelette (Somme), 1916.
Killed in Action, 17th September, 1916.

+SKELTON, Gibson Fitzgerald — Private. Born 6th Septem-
ber, 1895, at Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland. Father, John
Skelton, Farmer. Educated at High School, Clones. Entered
the service of the Bank, 23rd July, 1913. Enlisted, October, 1915,
from Vermilion branch, in 10th Canadian Battahon, with the rank
of Private.

Died of Wounds (shrapnel, abdominal), at No. 6 Field Ambu-
lance, 12th September, 1916.

Note : In his last letter to his parents. Private Skelton seemed
to have a premonition of his approaching end. The letter was
dated five days before his death in action, but had been written
some time previously. It is quoted in full on page 337 of
Volume 1.

Slaker, Conrad Gordon — Second Lieutenant. Born 11th
January, 1894. Father, F. S. Slaker, Commercial Traveller.
Entered the service of the Bank, 5th August, 1913. Enlisted, July
1915, from Pandora & Cook, Victoria branch, in Royal Flying
Corps, with the rank of Second Lieutenant.

+Small, Gordon Folger — FHght Cadet. Born 13th May,
1897, at Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Father, Philip H. Small,
Manager, Kingston Ice Company. Educated at Public Schools
and Collegiate Institute. Entered the service of the Bank, 5th



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November, 1915. Enlisted, in Canadian Engineers, 1915. Dis-
charged as medically unfit for active service. Re-enlisted, 1st
January, 1918, from Kingston branch, in Royal Air Force, with the
rank of Flight Cadet. Trained in the Royal Air Force in Canada.
Died of tuberculosis contracted on active service, 12th May,
1918.

•fSMiLLiE, Charles Blair — Sergeant. Born 9th September,
1894, at Glasgow, Scotland. Father, William Kirkwood Smillie,
Wholesale Fish Merchant. Educated at Strathbungo Higher Grade
School. Entered the service of the Bank, 17th May, 1911.
Enlisted, September, 1914, from Saskatoon branch, in Legion of
Frontiersmen, with the rank of Frontiersman. Transferred to 32nd
Canadian Battalion; 28th Canadian Battalion, and subsequently
to 8th Canadian Battalion. Promoted Sergeant. Served with
his Battalion in France from February, 1915, to November, 1917.
Wounded, at Passchendaele, 10th November, 1917.

Died of W'ounds at No. 44 Casualty Clearing Station, 14th
November, 1917. Buried in the British Military Cemetery,
Poperinghe, Belgium. 137.

Smith, Alexander — Private. Born 27th August, 1889, at
Aswanley, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Father, Alexander Smith,
Farmer (deceased). Educated at Inverness Royal Academy,
Inverness, Scotland. Entered the service of the Bank, 30th
August, 1910. Enlisted, 21st June, 1916, from Fernie branch, in
231st Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred
to 72nd Canadian Battalion, April, 1917. Service and principal
actions: Lens front, June-October, 1917; Passchendaele, October-
November, 1917. Gassed, 22nd July, 1918. Demobilized, 24th
February, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 16th May, 1919.

Smith, Andrew — Trooper. Born 30th October, 1888, at
Edinburgh, Scotland. Father, James Jardine Smith (deceased).
Educated at Lasswade School, Edinburgh. Entered the service of
the Bank, 26th July, 1911. Enlisted, January, 1915, from Clares-
holm branch, in 13th Canadian Mounted Rifles, with the rank of
Trooper. Service in Canada. Discharged in Calgary, on account
of septic poisoning, April, 1915. Returned to duty with the Bank,
17th May, 1915.

Smith, Arthur Cheslet — A.B., R.N.C.V.R. Born 2nd
December, 1897. Father, H. C. Smith, Carpenter. Entered the
service of the Bank, 1st December, 1913. Enlisted, January, 1918,
from Middleton branch, in Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer
Reserve, with the rank of Abie-Bodied Seaman.



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Smith, Arthur Lewis — Lieutenant. Born 11th January,
1888, at Monticello, Ontario, Canada. Father, W. J. Smith,
Wholesale Lumber business. Educated at Grand Valley, Fergus,
and Guelph Schools. Entered the service of the Bank, 21st
January, 1907. Enlisted, 15th January, 1916, from Hamilton
branch, in 166th (Queen's Own) Battalion, with the rank of Lieu-
tenant. Transferred to 75th Canadian Battalion, 25th April,
1917; 4th Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps, 20th June,
1918. In action continuously from the capture of Vimy Ridge,
April, 1917, to the Armistice. Returned to duty with the Bank,
2nd August, 1919.

Smith, Cyril Falconer White — Flight Cadet. Born 6th
May, 1900, at Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada. Father, Rev.
Canon Henry H. Smith (deceased). Educated at Trinity College
School, Port Hope, Ontario. Entered the service of the Bank, 11th
September, 1916. Enlisted, 17th September, 1918, from Pincher
Creek branch, in Royal Air Force, with the rank of Flight Cadet.
Training in the Royal Air Force in Canada. Demobilized, 7th
December, 1918. Returned to duty with the Bank, 28th Decem-
ber, 1918. Resigned from the service of the Bank, 21st August,
1920.

Smith, Cecil Gordon — Second Lieutenant. Born 19th Sep-
tember, 1892, at Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Father, A. Lapthorn
Smith, B.A., M.D., M.R.C.S., Surgeon. Educated at Montreal
High School and McGill University. Entered the service of the
Bank, 22nd October, 1912. Enlisted, 1914, in Fort Garry Horse
(discharged as medically unfit for active service). Re-enlisted,
3rd July, 1916, from North Battleford branch, in Royal Canadian
Horse Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Transferred to 47th
Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, 2nd August, 1916; 11th
Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, 13th February, 1917; Regi-
mental Depot, Canadian Reserve Artillery, August, 1917; Royal
Field Artillery, July, 1918, with the rank of Second Lieutenant.
Service and principal actions: Vimy Ridge, 1917; final advance
from Ypres to RoUaghem and Iseghem, 13th September, to 11th
November, 1918. Wounded — fractured skull, April, 1917.

Smith, Charles Sidney — Private. Born 22nd December,
1895, at Enniskillen, Ireland. Father, William Smith, Wholesale
Merchant (deceased). Educated at Model National School,
and Portora Royal School, Enniskillen. Entered the service
of the Bank, 15th February, 1913. Enlisted, 2nd February,



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1915, from Rockyford branch, in 50th Canadian Battalion, with
the rank of Private. Transferred to 9th Reserve BattaHon, Shorn-
clifle, England, 9th June, 1915; 10th Canadian Battalion, France,
3rd August, 1915. Service and principal actions: Ploegsteert,
August, 1915, to March, 1916; Ypres salient, March, 1916, to June,

1916. Wounded (shell spHnters) in the right shoulder and left
knee, 3rd June, 1916. Demobilized, 30th April, 1917, on account
of being medically unfit for further military service. Returned to
duty with the Bank, 1st May, 1917.

Smith, Donald Bennett — Sergeant (U.S. Army). Born 20th
September, 1890, at Superior, Iowa, U.S.A. Father, James C.
Smith, Private Banker. Educated at Superior Grammar School,
and High School and Sioux Falls College, South Dakota. Entered
the service of the Bank, 1st March, 1912, from Eastern Townships
Bank. Enhsted, 29th July, 1918, from Nokomis branch, in "E"
Company, 211th Engineers, U.S. Army, with the rank of Private,
Transferred to "H" Company, 1st Training Battalion Engineers,
Camp Forrest, Georgia, U.S.A. Promoted Corporal, 1st September,
1918; Sergeant, 15th October, 1918. Service in the United States
(medically unfit for active service). Demobilized, 18th December,
1918. Returned to duty with the Bank, 30th December, 1918.

+Smith, Donovan R. M. — Second Lieutenant. Born 15th
April, 1896, at Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Father, Archibald W.
Smith, Department of Naval Service, Ottawa. Educated at Rose-
dale PubUc School, University of Toronto School, and St. Andrew's
College, Toronto. Entered the service of the Bank, 8th October,
1913. Enhsted, August, 1916, from Gerrard & Pape, Toronto,
branch, in Officers' Training Corps, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 4th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, August, 1917,
with the rank of Second Lieutenant; 1st Battahon, Worcester
Regiment, France, April, 1918.

Wounded and missing, 27th May, 1918, and subsequently
reported Killed in Action on that date.

Note: Lieutenant Smith was reported wounded and missing
during the German Advance and it was hoped for some time that
he had been taken prisoner of war. One of his men, who was
wounded and made prisoner of war on the same day, reported
on his release from Germany that Lieutenant Smith was killed
instantly by shell-fire shortly after receiving his first wound.

Smith, Harht Ryekson — Bombardier, M.M. Born 13th
December, 1894, at Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Father, Samuel



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G. Smith, Builder. Educated at Harbord Collegiate Institute, and
Humberside Collegiate Institute. Entered the service of the Bank,
15th July, 1912. Enlisted, June, 1916, from Lindsay branch, in
74th Battery, Canadian Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Trans-
ferred to 2nd Battery, Canadian Reserve Artillery, England, 24th
November, 1916; 6th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, France,
1st March, 1917. Promoted Bombardier, July, 1916. Principal
actions: Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Passchendaele, 1917; Arras, Amiens,
Drocourt-Queant Line, Canal du Nord, Cambrai, 1918.
Awarded
The Military Medal
(October, 1918)
for
Bravery in the Field
While carrying ammunition under shell-fire.
DemobiHzed, 21st April, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank,
16th June, 1919.

Smith, John Alexander Henry — Cadet (Sergeant), M.M.