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Born 29th December, 1895, at Kintore, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Father, John Smith, Building Contractor. Educated at Public
School, Kintore, and Gordon's College, Aberdeen. Entered the
service of the Bank, 15th September, 1913. Enlisted, 24th Dec-
ember, 1915, from Broderick branch, in 128th (Moose Jaw) Bat-
talion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 46th Canadian
Battalion, 24th May, 1917. Promoted Sergeant, 23rd December,
1918. Principal actions: Lens, Passchendaele, 1917; Amiens,
Arras, Cambrai, Valenciennes, 1918.
Awarded
The Military Medal

for

Bravery in the Field.

Demobilized, 25th February, 1919. Returned to duty with the

Bank, 22nd February, 1919. Retired from the service of the Bank,

31st August, 1920.

Note: Mr. Smith was in training for a commission when the
Armistice was signed.

Smith, John Douglas — Private. Born 20th June, 1891, at
Liverpool, England. Father, John Smith, City Clerk, Port
Coquitlam, B.C. Educated at King Edward VI. Grammar School,
Wymondham, England. Entered the service of the Bank, 1st
May, 1907. Enlisted, 31st October, 1917, from North Victoria



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branch, in 1st Depot Battalion, with the rank of Private. Trans-
ferred to 29th (Vancouver) Battalion, May, 1918. Principal
actions: Amiens, Canal du Nord, 1918. Concussion, 9th August,
1918. Demobilized, 24th May, 1919. Returned to duty with
the Bank, 21st June, 1919.

"I"Smith, Lionel Claude Dancer — Private. Born 16th Nov-
ember, 1894, at Mountmellick, Queen's County, Ireland. Father,
John Sandes Smith, Manager, National Bank Limited, Mallow,
County Cork, Ireland. Educated at Cork Grammar School, and
Mountjoy School, Dublin. Entered the service of the Bank, 18th
April, 1914. Enlisted, August, 1915, from Alexander Avenue,
Winnipeg, branch, in 5th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of
Private. Principal action: Somme, September, 1916 (wounded).

Died, 30th September, 1918, from wounds received on 27th
September, during an attack near Haynecourt, about five miles
north-west of Cambrai.

Note: When wounded in September, 1916, Private Smith
had in his left breast pocket a steel mirror, a metal cigarette case
and a large pocket book; the shot pierced all three and merely
inflicted a flesh wound.

Smith, Merritt Homer — Private. Born 29th July, 1893, at
Coaticook, Quebec, Canada. Father, William K. Smith, General
Storekeeper. Educated at Coaticook High School. Entered the
service of the Bank, 1st March, 1912, from Eastern Townships
Bank. Enlisted, 29th July, 1915, from Neepawa branch, in 78th
Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to
32nd Reserve Battalion, Shorncliffe, 5th October, 1915;
5th Canadian Battalion, France, 24th July, 1916. Principal
action: Somme, 1916. Gun shot wound in the right thigh,
26th September, 1916. Demobilized, 29th July, 1917, on account
of being medically unfit for further military service. Returned to
duty with the Bank, 10th October, 1917.

Smith, Martin Nathaniel — Private. Born 25th September,
1896, at Waskada, Manitoba, Canada. Father, David Smith,
Lumber Merchant (retired). Educatedat Strathcona High School.
Entered the service of the Bank, 9th April, 1915. Enlisted, 25th
July, 1916, from Edmonton branch, in 238th (Forestry) Battalion,
with the rank of Private. On service with the Canadian Forestry
Corps. Demobihzed, 14th July, 1919.

Smith, Norman Dryden — Corporal. Born 7th June, 1894,
at Buckie, Banffshire, Scotland. Father, Charles Smith, Solici-
tor (deceased). Educated at Aberdeen Grammar School, and




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Aberdeen University. Entered the service of the Bank, 26th
June, 1913. EnHsted, September, 1915, from Kamloops branch,
in 72nd Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Trans-
ferred to Canadian Machine Gun Corps, May, 1916. Promoted
Corporal, September, 1918. Principal actions: Vimy Ridge,
Passchendaele, 1917. Invalided to the Base in France for six
weeks in 1916 (trench fever). Demobilized, 4th February, 1919.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 3rd February, 1919.

Smith, Walter Thomas— Flight Cadet. Born 15th June, 1888.
Father, William J. Smith, Farmer (retired). Entered the service
of the Bank, 16th September, 1909. Enhsted, January, 1918, from
Toronto branch, in Royal Flying Corps, with the rank of Fhght
Cadet. Transferred to Royal Air Force, 1st April, 1918. Service:
Training in the Royal Air Force.

Smith, William Howard — Private. Born 21st April, 1894,
at Kilmarnock, Scotland. Father, Robert Smith (deceased).
Educated at Kilmarnock Academy. Entered the service of the
Bank, 22nd February, 1916. EnHsted, 7th March, 1918, from
Transcona branch, in 1st Depot Battalion, Manitoba Regiment,
with the rank of Private. Transferred to 18th Reserve Battalion,
June, 1918; 78th Canadian Battalion, October, 1918. Service:
With 78th Battalion in Belgium from October, 1918, to May, 1919.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 19th June, 1919.

Smyth, Richard Charles — Second Lieutenant. Born 4th
May, 1897, in South Africa. Father, Richard Henry Smyth
(deceased). Educated at St. Stephen's Hospital, Cork, Ireland,
and Skerry's College. Entered the .service of the Bank, 9th Jan-
uary, 1914. "Enlisted 20th October, 1915, from Kincaid branch, in
68th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred
to 128th Canadian Battalion, November, 1915; 50th Canadian
Battalion, France, 11th December, 1916; attached to Royal Flying
Corps, 3rd March, 1918. Promoted Second Lieutenant, 7th Feb-
ruary, 1919. Principal action: Vimy Ridge, 9th April, 1917.
Wounded (shell) in the right lower thigh, 9th April, 1917. Injured
in an aeroplane accident, July, 1918. Demobilized, October, 1919.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 24th October, 1919.

Smyth, Reuben Robert — Corporal, M.M. Born 6th June,
1896, at Belfast, Ireland. Father, Andrew Smyth, Jeweller and
Optician. Educated at Belfast Royal Academy. Entered the
service of the Bank, 23rd July, 1913. Enlisted, March, 1916, from
Ponoka branch, in 196th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of



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Private. Transferred to 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion,
April, 1917. Promoted Lance-Corporal, August, 1918; Corporal,
September, 1918. Principal actions: Hill 70, Passchendaele, 1917;
Amiens, Arras, Cambrai, 1918.

Awarded

The Military Medal

for

Bravery in the Field

In bringing in wounded under heavy shell fire

At the Battle of Monchy,

28th August, 1918.

Demobilized, 29th March, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank,

3rd April, 1919.

Note: At the Battle of Monchy above referred to. Private
Smyth was responsible for the capture of twenty-one prisoners,
whom he employed to carry in wounded. Owing to the shortage
of stretchers, the wounded were brought in on carriers improvised
with their coats and pieces of trench mats. Several of these
prisoners were wounded by German shell and machine-gun fire.

Smythe, John Cecil — Lieutenant. Born 6th November,
1891, at Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Father, Edward Hanley
Smythe, K.C., LL.D. (deceased). Educated at Kingston Col-
legiate Institute. Entered the service of the Bank, 16th August,
1909. Enlisted, 24th July, 1915, from Montreal branch, in Pro-
visional School of Infantry, Kingston, Ontario, with the rank of
Lieutenant. Transferred to 59th Canadian Battalion, 15th Sep-
tember, 1915; 39th Canadian Battalion, 4th July, 1916; 21st
Canadian BattaHon, France, 9th July, 1917. Ser\ace and principal
actions: Operations in the vicinity of Lens, 1917; the capture of
Hill 70, 15th August, 1917. Multiple shrapnel wounds in the
left lung, right thigh and right leg (at knee and calf), 15th August,
1917. Returned to duty with the Bank, 26th August, 1919. 229,
230, 231.

Sneddon, David Hendry — Sergeant. Born 23rd May, 1894,
at Coatbridge, Scotland. Father, Alexander Sneddon (retired).
Educated at Dunfermline High School. Entered the service of the
Bank, 16th August, 1912. Enlisted, 15th October, 1915, from
Milestone branch, in 38th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, with
the rank of Gunner. Promoted Bombardier, 2nd April, 1917;
Corporal, 13th March, 1918; Sergeant, 4th April, 1918. Principal
actions: Somme, 1916; Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Passchendaele, 1917;



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Amiens, Arras, Mons, 1918. Gun shot wound in the right thigh,
14th September, 1918. DemobiHzed, 2nd April, 1919. Returned
to duty with the Bank, 12th April, 1919.

*Sntder, William Hilliard — Lieutenant. Born 2nd Feb-
ruary, 1897, at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Father, Major A. E.
Snyder, Superintendent, Royal North West Mounted Police
(retired) . Educated at Larchfield School, Scotland, Trinity College
School, Port Hope, Canada, and University School, Victoria, B.C.
Entered the service of the Bank, 23rd November, 1914. Enlisted,
December, 1915, from East Vancouver branch, in 195th Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Lieutenant. Transferred to "B"
Battery, 1st Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade. Principal
actions: Lens, Vimy Ridge, 1917; German Advance, 1918.

Killed in Action, at Villers-Carbonel, near Mericourt (Somme),
24th March, 1918, during the great German offensive.

Note: The 1st Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade was
one of the few Canadian units engaged in the first days of the great
German offensive which commenced on 21st March, 1918. The
British newspapers gave unstinted praise to the Canadians engaged
in this action for their heroic and successful defence.

The following account of Lieutenant Snyder's gallant death,
and of the part taken by his unit in breaking the enemy advance,
was given by a driver who was himself wounded in the engagement:

"The Brigade left Vimy on the night of 21st March and with
the Borden Armoured Car Battery arrived three kilometres before
Mericourt on the morning of the 23rd and were attached to an
Imperial Detachment of Infantry only 150 strong — they were
strung out on both sides of a road, Hilhard's Battery "B" being on
the south side, and further along, the Borden Battery, altogether
covering five miles.

"The enemy attacked in vast masses and were simply mown
down by our machine-guns. The Huns attacked again and again
and in one of these attacks Hilhard's sergeant was wounded rather
badly. HilHard also got a wound in the left hand and succeeded
in getting his sergeant placed in a shell-hole. Shortly afterwards he
noticed a big Hun jump into the shell-hole and bayonet the
sergeant — with this, Hilliard jumped into the hole and tackled the
Hun but was overpowered and taken prisoner by him. He, how-
ever broke away, and grabbing a Mills bomb, killed the Hun.
Then three Huns came along and tried to take Hilliard prisoner,
and after a struggle, Hilliard refusing to be taken prisoner, one of
them shot him, killing the poor boy instantly."



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SoHiER, Adolph — Sergeant. Born 12th September, 1895, at
St. Helier, Jersey. Father, Peter J. Sohier, Sheriff. Educated at
Charing Cross School, St. Helier. Entered the service of the Bank,
24th November, 1913. Enlisted, 26th January, 1916, from Simcoe
branch, in 133rd Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 24th Canadian BattaHon, January, 1917. Promoted
Lance-Corporal, May, 1916; Corporal, July, 1917; Sergeant, 24th
August, 1917. Principal actions: Vimy, April, 1917; Hill 70,
August, 1917. Gun shot wound in the head, 26th September, 1917.
Demobilized, 1st March, 1919. Returned to dutj' with the Bank,
17th March, 1919.

Note: Sergeant Sohier was awarded the Royal Humane
Society's Silver Medal for a gallant attempt to save the life of a
boy at St. Helier, July, 1918.

SoMERViLLE, James, Jr.— Staff Quartermaster Sergeant. Born
3rd May, 1895, at Edinburgh, Scotland. Father, James Somerville,
Civil Service Clerk. Educated at George Heriot's School. En-
tered the service of the Bank, 17th May, 1911. EnHsted, 10th July,
1915, from Nutana branch, in 3rd University Company, Princess
Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, France,
24th November, 1915. Promoted Corporal, 14th February, 1917;
Sergeant, 1st June, 1917; Staff Sergeant, 1st October, 1917; Staff
Quartermaster-Sergeant, 11th November, 1918. Served with
P.P.C.L.I. for six months at Wulverghem, Kemmel and Ypres,
1915-16. Invalided to England in 1916 and served at the Canadian
Record Office in London. Returned to duty with the Bank, 22nd
July, 1919.

Soper, Vivian Donald — Corporal. Born 18th September,
1896, at Bridgevvater, England. Father, V. J. Soper, Water
Works Department, Edmonton. Entered the service of the Bank,
2nd December, 1915. Enlisted, 11th March, 1916, from Edmonton
branch, in 202nd Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 50th Canadian Battalion, 27th May, 1917. Pro-
moted Corporal. Wounded. Demobihzed, 7th May, 1918, on
account of being medically unfit for further miUtary service.

Spankie, Hugh Vernon — Captain, M.C. Born 23rd Sep-
tember, 1892, at Mussoorie, India. Father, Lieutenant-Colonel
J. P. W. Spankie (deceased), late of Indian Army. Educated at
Wellington College. Entered the service of the Bank, 2nd August,
1912. Enlisted, 5th August, 1914, from North Winnipeg Branch,



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in 8th Canadian Battalion (90th Winnipeg Rifles), with the rank
of Private. Transferred to 4th Royal Dubhn Fusiliers, with the
rank of Second Lieutenant, February, 1915; Indian Army, 6th
May, 1917. Promoted Lieutenant, April, 1916; subsequently
Captain. Service: Egypt, February-March, 1915; France, April-
July, 1915; Dardanelles Campaign, August, 1915, to January, 1916;
Mesopotamia, June, 1918, to May, 1919. Subsequently on active
service on the Indian Frontier.

Awarded

The Military Cross

(26th October, 1918)

"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.

After the first two hours of an attack he was the only

company commander left; with great zeal and ability

he re-organized his men under heavy fire and fre-

ciuently crossed exposed ground to visit various

portions of his front. He later rendered valuable

service during the night, encouraging his men who

were almost worn out from lack of sleep. His brave

conduct at a most critical period had a splendid

effect on all ranks." (London Gazette)

Wounded (shell) in the arm and foot, Somme, 1st July, 1916.
Subsequent occupation: Joined the Regular Army in India.

Sparham, George Arthur — Second Lieutenant. Born 9th
May, 1895, at Smith's Falls, Ontario, Canada. Father, Bayard
E. Sparham, Barrister-at-Law and Police Magistrate. Educated
at Smith's Falls Collegiate Institute. Entered the service of the
Bank, 25th January, 1915. Enlisted, 3rd July, 1917, from
Chatham branch, in University of Toronto Overseas Training Com-
pany, with the rank of Private. Transferred to Royal Field
Artillery, as Cadet, March, 1918. Promoted Second Lieutenant,
20th October, 1918. Service: Artillery training in England.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 13th August, 1919.

Spellman, John James — Corporal. Born 19th August, 1900,
at Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Father, James Spellman (deceased).
Educated at Separate School, Vegreville, and Jesuit College,
Edmonton. Entered the service of the Bank, 11th January, 1918.
Enlisted, 26th February, 1918, from Vegreville branch, in Depot
Battery, Canadian Artillery, Calgary, with the rank of Gunner.
Promoted Corporal. Returned to duty with the Bank, 24th
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Spence, John Gordon — Lieutenant. Born 29th September,

1895, at Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Father, W. P. Spence, Mason.
Educated at Port Perry Public and High Schools. Entered the
service of the Bank, 2nd July, 1913. Enlisted, 1st October, 1917,
from Timmins branch, in Royal Flying Corps, with the rank of
Flight Cadet. Transferred to Royal Air Force, 1st April, 1918.
Promoted Second Lieutenant, 7th May, 1918, and subsequently
promoted Lieutenant. Served as Flying Instructor at Camp
Mohawk, Canada. Demobilized, 1st April, 1919. Returned to
duty with the Bank, 12th June, 1919.

Spracklin, Rowland — Flight Cadet. Born 21st October,
1888, at Cupids, Newfoundland. Father, John Spracklin, Fisher-
man. Educated at Cupids Public School and North College, St.
John's. Entered the service of the Bank, 6th August, 1912.
Enlisted, 23rd March, 1918, from Windsor, Ontario, branch, in
Royal Flying Corps, with the rank of Flight Cadet. Transferred
to Royal Air Force, 1st April, 1918. Service: Training in Royal
Air Force in Canada. Demobilized, 20th December, 1918.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 16th December, 1918.

Sprague, William Franklin — Bombardier. Born 6th
September, 1895, at Belleville, Ontario, Canada. Father, E. B.
Sprague, Builder and Contractor. Educated at Belleville Public
and High Schools. Entered the service of the Bank, 3rd February,
1913. Enlisted, 7th October, 1915, from Prince Arthur & Park,
Montreal, branch, in 3rd Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, with
the rank of Gunner. Promoted Bombardier. Principal actions:
Courcelette, 1916; Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Passchendaele, 1917;
Cambrai, Mons, 1918. Demobilized, 12th May, 1919. Returned
to duty with the Bank, 9th June, 1919.

Sproule, Robert Crawford — Sergeant. Born 21st October,

1896, at Banbridge, County Down, Ireland. Father, William
Sproule, Farmer. Educated at Banbridge Academical Institution.
Entered the service of the Bank, 13th October, 1913. Enlisted,
August, 1915, from Taber branch, in 13th Canadian Mounted
Rifles, with the rank of Private. Transferred to Princess Patricia's
Canadian Light Infantry, August, 1916; 7th Area Employment
Company, September, 1917; Canadian Corps Gas Services,
February, 1918. Promoted Lance-Corporal, October, 1917;
Sergeant, February, 1918. Principal actions: Somme, 1916;
Vimy, 1917; attached to Canadian Corps Headquarters, as Gas
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Vimy Ridge, 9th April, 1917. Demobilized, lOth April, 1919.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 2nd May, 1919.

Stainton, Eric — Second Lieutenant. Born 18th October,
1895, at Stratton, Cornwall, England. Father, George Heston
Stainton, Professor of Music. Educated at the Cathedral School,
Exeter. Entered the service of the Bank, 24th February, 1913.
Enlisted, 31st July, 1915, from London, England, Branch, in
Scot's Guards, with the rank of Private. Transferred to King's
Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, as Second Lieutenant, 28th
August, 1917. Principal Actions: Somme, August and September,
1916; Cambrai, October and November, 1917. Taken prisoner of
War at Villers-Guislain, near Cambrai, 30th November, 1917, and
interned at the following camps in Germany: Karlsruhe, 10th
December, 1917; Heidelberg, 20th December, 1917; Saarlouis, 10th
January, 1918; Coblenz, 11th to 28th November, 1918. Repatriat-
ed through Holland, 3rd December, 1918. Wounded in the face
(slight), 25th September, 1916, and 30th November, 1917. De-
mobilized, February, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank,
24th February, 1919. 141, 160, 236, 238.

Staihs, Hehbert Morrow — Lieutenant, M.C. Born, 15th
June, 1891, at Maitland, Hants County, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Father, G. L. Stairs, Wholesale Merchant. Entered the service
of the Bank, 27th September, 1909. Enlisted, 4th December, 1915,
from New Glasgow branch, in 14th Brigade, Canadian Field Artil-
lery, with the rank of Lieutenant. Transferred to 3rd Siege
Battery, Canadian Artillery.

Awarded
The Military Cross
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty
on patrol during the attack on Aulnoy and Marly
on 1st November, 1918. Though machine-gun and
shell-fire were very heavy, he kept in touch with
three battalions, sending in valuable information
to his brigade. At one time two of the battalions
lost touch, but through his close liaison with the two
commanding officers they were able to regain con-
nection." (Supplement to the London Gazette, 10th
December, 1919.)
Demobilized, 13th May, 1919.

Stanley, Harold Dilworth — Second Lieutenant. Born
25th November, 1898, at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada.
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Collegiate Institute. Entered the service of the Bank, 24th July,
1916. Enlisted, 30th April, 1918, from Shellbrook branch, in
Royal Air Force, with the rank of Flight Cadet. Promoted Second
Lieutenant, 9th April, 1919. Service: Training for a pilot's cer-
tificate in the Royal Air Force in England. Demobihzed, 30th
May, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 30th June, 1919.

Stanley, Harry McDonald — Sergeant. Born 4th January,
1895, at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Father,
W. W. Stanley, Merchant. Educated at West Kent School, Char-
lottetown. Entered the service of the Bank, 8th March, 1912.
Enhsted, 5th October, 1915, from Charlottetown branch, in 2nd
Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, with the rank of Gunner.
Promoted Bombardier, November, 1915; Sergeant, March, 1917.
Principal actions: The Somme, July and August, 1916. Subse-
quently engaged in clerical work in England (on account of being
medically unfit for active service). Invalided to England (sick),
15th August, 1916. Returned to duty with the Bank, 12th
September, 1919.

+Stanway, James William — Sergeant. Born 17th October,
1890, at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Father, Captain Herbert
Stanway, R.O. Educated at Morris Street School, Halifax, West
Kent School, Charlottetown, Prince of Wales College, and Charlotte-
town Business College. Entered the service of the Bank, 6th Sep-
tember, 1910. Enhsted, August, 1915, from Cudworth branch, in
37th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, with the rank of Sergeant.
Transferred to Assistant Adjutant General's Department, Rouen,
June, 1916; 39th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, April, 1918.
Principal actions: Amiens, Arras (Monchy-le-Preux), 1918.

Killed in Action, at Monchy-le-Preux, 29th August, 1918.

Note: The late Sergeant Stanway was well known in athletic
circles in the Maritime Provinces. In 1908 he won the Pole Vault-
ing contest of the Maritime Provinces, being awarded a gold medal.
He won the broad jump at the Canadian Corps Sports in France in
July, 1918, and held numerous cups and medals for skill at hockey,
football, baseball and track racing.

"A brave soldier and a loyal comrade, cheerful under every
diflBcuIty and danger. His memory will be kept bright by all who
knew him." — A Battery Commander, 9th Brigade, Canadian Field
Artillery.

Starkey, Percy Dougim.s — Private. Born 30th June, 1897,
at St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. Father, Walter Starkey, Merchant.
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service of the Bank, 28th July, 1917. Enlisted, 15th August, 1918,
from Marcelin branch, in 1st Depot Battalion, Saskatchewan
Regiment, with the rank of Private. Employed on clerical work
in Canada (medically unfit for active service). Demobilized, 12th
March, 1919.

Steacy, George William — Flight Cadet. Born 11th Sep-
tember, 1892, at Kazubazua, Quebec, Canada. Father, N. S.
Steacy, Clerk. Educated at Ottawa Collegiate Institute. Entered
the service of the Bank, 5th November, 1907. Enlisted, 22nd
April, 1918, from Shellbrook branch, in Royal Air Force, with the
rank of Flight Cadet. Service: Training in the Royal Air Force in
Canada. Demobilized, 9th December, 1918. Returned to duty
with the Bank, 7th January, 1919.

Steele, Thomas — Lieutenant, M.C. Born 1st September,
1890, at Wishaw, Scotland. Father, Thomas Steele, District
Registrar. Educated at Wishaw High School, Hamilton Com-
mercial College, and Canadian Khaki University (post war).
Entered the service of the Bank, 1st August, 1912. Enlisted, 5th
July, 1915, from Vancouver branch, in 45th Canadian Battalion,
with the rank of Lieutenant. Transferred to 3rd Canadian Machine
Gun Company, France, September, 1916 (later Canadian Machine
Gun Corps). Principal actions: Somme, 1916; Vimy Ridge, Hill
70, Lens, Passchendaele, 1917.

Awarded
The Military Cross
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty
when in command of eight guns. The guns were
under a concentrated bombardment, many members
of the crews becoming casualties. Although buried
many times by shell-fire he exhibited the greatest
courage, cheering on his men, caring for the
wounded, and keeping his guns in action under the
most adverse conditions." (London Gazette, 18th July,