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Private. Promoted Lance-Corporal. Principal actions: St. Eloi,
April, 1916; Courcelette (Somme), 15th September, 1916; Vimy,
9th April, 1917.

Awarded
The Military Medal

for

Bravery in the Field

In scout work and cutting German wire in connection with the

first daylight raid on the German trenches,

28th July, 1916.



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Gun shot wounds in the head and chest, 9th April, 1917.

Died of Wounds, 10th April, 1917, at No. 22 Casualty Clearing
Station, France.

Wheeler, Arthur— Flight Cadet. Born 13th October, 1890.
Father, Adolphus Wheeler, Butcher. Entered the service of the
Bank, 1st October, 1909. Enlisted, June, 1916, from Winnipeg
branch, in 200th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 2nd July, 1919.

White, Cecil Samuel — Signaller. Born 22nd November,
1895, at Dublin, Ireland. Father, George White, Wholesale
Agent. Educated at King's Hospital School, DubUn. Entered
the service of the Bank, 2nd August, 1912. EnHsted, 19th
February, 1916, from Carmangay branch, in 13th Canadian
Mounted Rifles, with the rank of Private. Transferred to
Fort Garry Horse, July, 1916. Principal actions: Passchen-
daele, First Battle of Cambrai, 1917; German Advance, March,
1918; Amiens, Le Cateau, and subsequent actions to the Armistice,

1918. SHghtly gassed, and concussion, 29th March, 1918. Demob-
iHzed, 29th June, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 22nd
July, 1919. Retired from the service of the Bank, 15th July, 1920.

White, Michael Francis — Flight Cadet. Born 2nd Dec-
ember, 1892, at Clonmel, Ireland. Father, James White, Wine
Merchant. Educated at Clonmel High School. Entered the
service of the Bank, 8th June, 1912. Enlisted, 1st March, 1918,
from Vulcan branch, in 1st Depot BattaHon, Calgary, with the rank
of Private. Transferred to Royal Air Force, 15th May, 1918.
Promoted Flight Cadet, October, 1918. Service: Training in the
Royal Air Force, in Canada. Demobihzed, December, 1918.

White, Marvin Hart — Gunner. Born 26th November, 1896,
at St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. Father, Frank Hazen
White, Printer. Educated at St. John Public Schools. Entered
the service of the Bank, 22nd January, 1915. Enlisted, 25th
October, 1917, from Vulcan branch, in 9th Siege Battery, Canadian
Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Transferred to Canadian
Garrison Artillery Reserve, Witley Camp, 1st February, 1918; 4th
Canadian Siege Battery, France, 17th August, 1918. Principal
actions: Bourlon Wood, Cambrai, 1918. Demobilized, 10th May,

1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 28th May, 1919.
White, Thomas Milton— Flight Cadet. Born 13th March,

1895, at Palmerston, Ontario, Canada. Father, Robert F. White
(retired). Educated at Wingham Collegiate Institute. Entered



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the service of the Bank, 2nd February, 1916. Enlisted, 3rd Jan-
uary, 1918, from Ingersoll branch, in 1st Depot Battalion, Western
Ontario Regiment, with the rank of Private. Transferred to Royal
Flying Corps, 1st March, 1918; Royal Air Force, 1st April, 1918.
Service: Training in the Royal Air Force in Canada. Demobilized,
9th December, 1918. Returned to duty with the Bank, 9th Jan-
uary, 1919.

Whitehead, Geoffrey — Company Quartermaster-Sergeant.
Born 19th April, 1892, at London, England. Father, Ernest
Whitehead, Engineer's OflBce, Canadian Pacific Railway. Entered
the service of the Bank, 19th October, 1908. EnHsted, 24th
August, 1915, from Penticton branch, in 54th Canadian Battalion,
with the rank of Private. Promoted Lance-Corporal, 1st July,
1916; Corporal, 2nd October, 1916; Company Quartermaster-
Sergeant, 12th January, 1917. Service and principal actions:
Ypres salient, Somme, 1916; Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Lens,
1917. Demobilized, 30th March, 1919. Returned to duty with
the Bank, 30th April, 1919. 190.

Whiteside, Ger.\rd Magee — Private. Born 15th October,
1893, at Nasik, India. Father, Rev. William C. Whiteside,
Clergyman. Educated at Campbell College, Belfast, Ireland.
Entered the service of the Bank, 15th February, 1913. Left
Rivers branch, 30th November, 1916, to undertake mihtary service.
EnUsted, May, 1918, in 46th Battalion, New Zealand Expeditionary
Force, with the rank of Private. Service : In training at Feathers-
ton Camp, New Zealand, when the Armistice was signed.
Demobilized, 24th November, 1918. Subsequent occupation:
Wireless Operator with Amalgamated Wireless (Australia) Limited,
Wellington, New Zealand.

Whittaker, Cecil Geddes — Lance-Corporal. Born 3rd
March, 1894. Father, Rev. John G. Whittaker, Methodist
Minister. Entered the service of the Bank, 18th August 1913.
Enlisted, January, 1915, from Market, Toronto, branch, in 35th
Canadian Battahon, with the rank of Lance-Corporal. Transferred
to Canadian Army Medical Corps. Wounded, 11th October, 1916.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 19th February, 1918. Retired
from the service of the Bank, 11th July, 1919, to obtain outdoor
employment on account of ill-health.

Whittaker, Randolph Humphries — Lieutenant. Born 24th
October, 1892, at Cootehill, Ireland. Father, Rev. John G.
Whittaker, Methodist Minister. Educated at Wesley College,



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Dublin. Entered the service of the Bank, 1st April, 1911. En-
Usted, August, 1914, from Toronto branch, in 3rd Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to Royal Air
Force, September, 1918. Promoted Corporal, May, 1915; Sergeant,
September, 1915; Lieutenant, December, 1916. Principal actions:
Neuve Chapelle, March, 1915; Second Battle of Ypres, April, 1915;
Festubert, May, 1915; Givenchy, June, 1915; Sanctuary Wood,
June, 1916. Wounded, June, 1916.
(Brother of C. G. Whittaker) . 7.

Whtte, Frederick — Gunner. Born 9th November, 1893.
Father, Joseph S. Whyte, Factory Worker. Entered the service of
the Bank, 2nd April, 1912. Enlisted, January, 1917, from Gilbert
Plains branch, with the rank of Gunner.

Whyte, James Guy — Sergeant. Born 10th March, 1894, in
Ireland. Father, James M. Whyte, Farmer. Educated at Royal
School, Raphoe, and Trinity College, DubHn. Entered the service
of the Bank, 9th December, 1912. Enhsted, October, 1917, from
Deha branch, in 78th Battery, Canadian Artillery, with the rank of
Gunner. Transferred to 1st Brigade, Canadian Garrison Artillery,
(England), December, 1917. Promoted Bombardier, July, 1918;
Sergeant, November, 1918. Principal actions: Vimy, 1917.
Amiens, Cambrai, 1918. DemobiUzed, 7th July, 1919. Returned
to duty with the Bank, 25th July, 1919.

Whyte, Marvin — Corporal. Born 9th December, 1895, at
St. George, Ontario, Canada. Father, Edward H. Whyte,
Miller. Educated at St. George High School, and Brantford
Business College. Entered the service of the Bank, 23rd October,
1911. Enlisted, 12th August, 1914, from Youngstown branch, in
10th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred
to 21st Reserve Battalion (England), October, 1917. Promoted
Corporal, 8th April, 1917. Principal actions: Ypres, May, 1915;
Festubert, May, 1915; Givenchy, June, 1915; Ypres, June, 1916;
Somme, October, 1916; Vimy, April, 1917; Arras, May, 1918. Gun
shot wounds in the head, chest and leg, 9th April, 1917; in the right
thigh, 3rd May, 1918. DemobiUzed, 17th February, 1919. Re-
turned to duty with the Bank, 3rd March, 1919.

WiCKHAM, Basil Redfield — Gunner. Born 28th January,
1899, at Madoc, Ontario, Canada. Father, R. H. Wickham,
Electrician. Educated at Madoc Pubhc and High Schools.
Entered the service of the Bank, 13th March, 1916. Enlisted,
1st January, 1917, from Belleville branch, in Cobourg Heavy



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Battery, Canadian Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Transferred
to 32nd Battery, Canadian Field Artillery (8th Army Brigade),
September, 1917. Principal actions: Passchendaele, 1917; Amiens,
Arras, Cambrai, Mons, 1918. Demobilized, 7th April, 1919.

WiGLE, Clinton Ernest — Gunner. Born 1st March, 1897,
at Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Father, Lieutenant-Colonel
Ernest S. Wigle, Barrister. Educated at Windsor Collegiate
Institute. Entered the service of the Bank, 28th September, 1914.
Enlisted, 5th April, 1917, from Windsor, Ontario, branch, in 67th
Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, with the rank of Gunner.
Transferred to 45th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, December,
1917. Promoted Lance-Corporal, June, 1917; Corporal, August,
1917; Sergeant, October, 1917. (Subsequently reverted to the rank
of Gunner.) Principal actions: Amiens, 1918. Demobilized,
January, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 17th February,
1919. Retired from the service of the Bank, 31st December, 1919,
to accept a position with the Howell Lithograph Company,
Hamilton. 245.

+Wilbraham-Taylor, Harington — Private. Born 1st March,
1895. Father, Gerald Wilbraham-Taylor (retired). Entered the
service of the Bank, 2nd February, 1914. EnHsted, August, 1914,
from Fernie branch, in 7th Canadian BattaHon, with the rank of
Private. Principal action: Second Battle of Ypres, 1915.
Killed in Action, 24th April, 1915.

Wilcox, Edward Richard Cumberland — Major, M.C.
Born 12th January, 1892, at Bedford, England. Father, Major
E. a. C. Wilcox, D.S.O., Officer, British Regular Army (retired).
Educated at Felsted School, Essex. Entered the service of the
Bank, 11th December, 1907. Enhsted, 15th June, 1915; from
Melfort branch, in 52nd Canadian Battahon, with the rank of
Lieutenant. Promoted Captain, 25th December, 1916; Major,
26th December, 1916. Principal actions: Third Battle of Ypres,
Somme, 1916; Vimy Ridge, Lens, Hill 70, Passchendaele, 1917;
Amiens, Arras, 1918.

Awarded
The Military Cross
" During an attack upon enemy trenches, when one
of his platoons came suddenly under heavy machine-
gun fire and suffered severely, he rushed forward and
reorganized them, led the bombers, and cleared the
trench of the enemy, and established a block. To



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perform this gallant action he had to cross heavy
uncut wire under continuous machine-gun fire. He
set a splendid example of fearlessness and deter-
mination." {London Gazette, 26th September, 1917.)

Mentioned in Despatches
for
Gallant and Distinguished Service in the Field.
Shrapnel wounds in the head and shoulder, 7th June, 1916; bullet
wounds in the head and neck, 28th August, 1918. Demobilized,
17th December, 1918. Returned to duty with the Bank, 14th
December, 1918.

Note: Major Wilcox and his father (Major E. A. C.
Wilcox), served together in the 52nd Battalion. Both officers
were decorated for gallantry in action. Major E. A. C. Wilcox being
awarded the D.S.O. for service at Passchendaele in 1917. 109.

Wilde, Jack Pemberton — Private. Born 30th September,
1895, at Moosomin, Saskatchewan, Canada. Father, Thomas
Wilde, Farmer. Entered the service of the Bank, 3rd July, 1913.
Enlisted, 2nd September, 1916, from Yellowgrass branch, in 217th
Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Served with the
Canadian Forces in France. Gun shot wound in the head, leg,
and arm, 4th September, 1918.

Wilkinson, Arthur Bogart — Lieutenant. Born 22nd Sep-
tember, 1895, at Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Father, Henry J.
Wilkinson (deceased). Educated at Kingston Collegiate Institute
and Kingston Business College. Entered the service of the Bank,
2nd January, 1914. Enlisted, 12th August, 1914, from Kingston
branch, in 2nd Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to Canadian Army Pay Corps, 25th January, 1915;
Royal Flying Corps, 10th September, 1917; Royal Air Force, 1st
April, 1918. Promoted Corporal, 1st February, 1915; Sergeant,
1st June, 1915; Staff Sergeant, 4th January, 1916; Staff Quarter-
master Sergeant, 1st June, 1916; Second Lieutenant, 20th Decem-
ber, 1917; Lieutenant, 20th December, 1919. Service: Engaged
in clerical duties with the Canadian Army Pay Corps, London,
1st June, 1916, to 10th September, 1917; service with the Royal
Air Force during the German Retreat, Lille sector, September,
October, and November, 1918.

"Brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for
Valuable Services rendered in connection with the War."

Wilkinson, John — Private. Born in 1900. Entered the
service of the Bank, 25th January, 1914. EnUsted, June, 1916,



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from Stationery Department, Head Office, Toronto, with the rank
of Private (Bugler). Returned to duty with the Bank, 5th Nov-
ember, 1918. Retired from the service of the Bank, 15th June,
1919.

WiLLET, Robert Lindsay — Private. Born 7th November,

1893, at St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. Father, Thomas
Wiilct, Hardware Salesman. Educated at Public School, St. John,
N.B., and High School, Amherst, N.S. Entered the service of the
Bank, 9th October, 1911. Enlisted, 14th March, 1918, from
Moncton branch, in 9th Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, with
the rank of Private. Transferred to Canadian Reserve Artillery,
Frcnsham Pond, Surrey, England, 16th August, 1918; Canadian
Machine Gun Depot, Seaford, England, 3rd October, 1918;
Canadian Array Pay Corps, 6th March, 1919. Service: Engaged
in Artillery training in Canada and England, and subsequently
employed on clerical work in the Paymaster General's Department,
Canadian Headquarters, London, England. Returned to duty
with the Bank, '2nd October, 1919.

+ W1LLIAMS, Arthur Percival — Private. Born 17th January,

1894, at Cowansville, Quebec, Canada. Father, H. F. Williams
(deceased), late Manager, The Canadian Bank of Commerce,
Cowansville, Quebec. Educated at Cowansville Academy, Bishop's
College School, and Bishop's College University, Lennoxville,
Quebec. Entered the service of the Bank, 8th February, 1915.
Enlisted, 25th September, 1915, from Cowansville branch, in 73rd
Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private.

Killed in Action on the Somme, 19th November, 1916.

Williams, Earl Austin — Flight Cadet. Born 26th May,
1894, at Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Father, E. M. Williams,
Gardener and Florist. Educated at Port Perry High School.
Entered the service of the Bank, 15th September, 1913. Enlisted,
7th May, 1918, from Provost 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.

Williams, Harold Curtis — Flight Cadet. Born 2nd April,
1899, at Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. Father, George
AVilliams, Manager, The Canadian Bank of Commerce, Goderich.
Educated at Goderich Collegiate Institute. Entered the service
of the Bank, 21st January, 1916. Enlisted, 10th September, 1918,
from Gait branch, in Royal Air Force, with the rank of Flight Cadet.



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Service: Training in the Royal Air Force in Canada. Demobil-
ized, January, 1920. Returned to duty with the Bank, 22nd Sep-
tember, 1919. Retired from the service of the Bank, 15th Novem-
ber, 1920.

Williams, Harold Patton— Captain, M.C. Born 12th
December, 1890, at Londonderry, Ireland. Father, James A.
Williams, Actuary, Londonderry Savings Bank. Educated at
Foyle College, Londonderry, and London University (King's
College). Entered the service of the Bank, 12th October, 1910.
Left Grouard branch, 14th July, 1915, to return to the Old Country
to take up miUtary duty. Enlisted, August, 1915, in Inns of Court
Officers' Training Corps, with the rank of Private. Transferred
to 14th Manchester Regiment, January,1916; 4th Royal Inniskilling
Fusiliers, March, 1916. Proceeded to France and attached to 1st
Royal InniskiUing Fusiliers, May, 1916. Promoted Second Lieuten-
ant, January, 1916; Lieutenant, July, 1917; Captain, August, 1917.
Principal actions: Somme, Third Battle of Ypres, 1916; Arras,
Cambrai, 1917; St. Quentin, 1918.

Awarded
The Military Cross
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.
Throughout an attack, in which he led his company,
and subsequent consolidation, he showed the greatest
coolness and courage, and when the officers of two
other companies had become casualties he supervised
their organization." {London Gazette).
Mentioned in Despatches
(December, 1917)
for
Gallant and Distinguished Service in the Field.
Awarded
Two Parchment Certificates
for
Gallantry in the Field
At Arras, Ypres and Cambrai.
Subsequent occupation: With Londonderry Savings Bank.

Note: Captain Williams is the eldest of a family of four sons,
three of whom were killed in action. We give below a short record
of their service:

Captain C. B.WilUams: 2nd Roy allrish Rifles. Killed in
Action at Hooge, August, 1915, aged 20.



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Second Lieutenant J. A. Williams: 7th Royal Irish Rifles.

Killed in Action at Ginchy, September, 1916, aged 18.
Lieutenant E. J. Wilhams: 1st Royal Irish Rifles (late of

Bank of Montreal, Regina). Killed in Action near

Courtrai, October, 1918, aged 26.
Williams, John Smout— Captain. Born 7th July, 1886, at
Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Father, Rev. J. W. Williams, D.D.,
(deceased). Educated at Swansea Grammar School and Technical
College. Entered the service of the Bank, 10th May, 1912.
Enlisted, February, 1915, from Winnipeg branch, in 28th
Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Lieutenant. Transferred to
6th Brigade, Stokes Gun Battery, March, 1916. Promoted Captain
6th October, 1916. Principal actions: St. Eloi, April, 1916;
Third Battle of Ypres, June, 1916; Sommc, September, 1916.
Invalided to England — trench fever and influenza. 41, 46, 57, 105,
117, 136, 227, 249.

Williams, John Warren — Private. Born 19th November,
1896, at Craighurst, Ontario, Canada. Father, John Williams,
Farmer (retired). Educated at Yellowgrass High School. Entered
the service of the Bank, 12th August, 1915. Enlisted, 9th March,

1916. from Yellowgrass branch, in 152nd Canadian Battalion,
with the rank of Private. Transferred to 32nd Reserve Battalion
(England), November, 1916; 1st Canadian Entrenching Battalion,
November, 1916; 5th Canadian Battalion (France), 13th April,

1917. Principal actions: Fresnoy, April, 1917; Amiens, 8th August,

1918. Wounded (gun shot), in the back, 8th August, 1918. De-
mobilized, 29th May, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank,
17th December, 1919.

Williams, Vincent — Company Sergeant-Major. Born 17th
February, 1894, at Ahmedabad, India. Father, Rev. Thomas
James Williams, Clerk in Holy Orders. Educated at St. John's,
Leatherhead, and St. Peter's, York, England. Entered the service
of the Bank, 27th January, 1914. EnHsted, February, 1915, in
5th Canadian Mounted Rifles, but owing to disabiHty caused by
an accident, was discharged, April, 1915. Re-enlisted, 24th Jan-
uary, 1916, from Beebe branch, in 117th (Eastern Townships)
Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 23rd Reserve
Battalion, January, 1917; 24th Canadian BattaHon, February,
1917; Composite Company, June, 1917. Promoted Sergeant,
March, 1916; Company Sergeant-Major, August, 1918. Principal
action: Vimy Ridge, 1917. Invalided — trench fever — April, 1917.
Demobilized, 24th April, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank,
25th April, 1919.



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Williamson, Henry Carson — Corporal. Born 21st April,
1895, at Dundalk, Ireland. Father, Heuston Maxwell Williamson,
Timber, Iron and Slate Merchant. Educated at Wesley College,
Dublin, Ireland. Entered the service of the Bank, 2nd August,
1912. Enlisted, March, 1916, from Athabasca branch, in 63rd
Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to
115th Canadian Battalion, 21st April, 1916; 13th Reserve Bat-
talion, January, 1917; 26th Canadian Battalion, April, 1917; 13th
Reserve Battalion, August, 1917. Promoted Lance-Corporal,
8th May, 1918; Corporal, 11th September, 1918. Service: Joined
26th Canadian Battalion after the battle of Vimy Ridge, April,
1917, also served as Bombing Instructor in England. Fractured
ankle (accident), June, 1917. Returned to duty with the Bank,
7th June, 1919.

^Williamson, James — Private. Born 21st August, 1896, at
Aberdeen, Scotland. Father, James Williamson, Manufacturer.
Educated at Crypt Grammar School, Gloucester, England.
Entered the service of the Bank, 6th April, 1914. Enlisted, Oct-
ober, 1914, from Hanna branch, in 31st Canadian Battalion, with
the rank of Private. Service: With his Battalion in France.
Wounded (shrapnel), 17th April, 1916.

Killed in Action, 26th September, 1916, by a sniper.

Wilson, Adam — Captain. Born 30th August, 1884, at
Dalkeith, Scotland. Father, Andrew Wilson (deceased). Edu-
cated at Roslin Public School, Leith Academy, and Heriot-Watt
College, Edinburgh. Entered the service of the Bank, 12th Nov-
ember, 1907. EnUsted, 8th February, 1915, from West End, Sault
Ste. Marie branch, in 37th Canadian Battalion, with the rank
of Lieutenant and Paymaster. Transferred to 116th Canadian
Battalion, 1st November, 1915; 182nd Canadian Battalion, 1st
July, 1916. Promoted Captain, 1st February, 1916. Served as
Paymaster and as Adjutant in England (medically unfit for active
service). Demobilized, 26th May, 1917, on account of being
medically unfit for further miUtary service. Returned to duty
with the Bank, 20th June, 1917.

Wilson, Alexander — Lance-Corporal. Born 20th June,
1895, at Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Father, William Wilson,
Farmer and Granite Mason (deceased). Educated at Blackburn
Public School, Kintore Higher Grade School, and Civil Service
Institute, Aberdeen. Entered the service of the Bank, 27th June,
1913. Enlisted, 23rd June, 1915, from Melville branch, in 45th
Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 78th



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Canadian Battalion, 16th October, 1917. Promoted Lance-Cor-
poral, March, 1916. Service and principal action: Amiens, 1918;
trench warfare, 1917. Ill — pneumonia — July, 1916; gun shot
wound in the right hand, 11th August, 1918. Demobilized, 6th
June, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 21st June, 1919.

Wilson, Archie Gordon — Lieutenant. Born 10th May,
1893, at Barrington, Nova Scotia, Canada. Father, A. M. Wilson,
Postmaster. Educated at Barrington High School. Entered the
service of the Bank, 15th August, 1908. Enlisted, 26th November,
1917, from London, England, branch, in Royal Flying Corps, with
the rank of Flight Cadet. Transferred to Royal Air Force, 1st
April, 1918. Promoted Lieutenant, 27th September, 1918.
Service: With No. 80 Squadron in France during October and
November, 1918. Demobilized, 5th April, 1919. Returned to
duty with the Bank, 6th May, 1919.

+W1LS0N, Andrew Murdison — Corporal. Born 15th August,
1897, at Musselburgh, Scotland. Father, Andrew Wilson,
Registrar, Council of Higher Education, St. John's, Newfoundland.
Educated at Presbyterian and Methodist Colleges, St. John's.
Entered the service of the Bank, 4th February, 1916. Enlisted,
May, 1916, from Springhill branch, in 193rd Battalion (Nova
Scotia Highlanders), with the rank of Private. Transferred to
25th (Nova Scotia) Battalion, January, 1917. Promoted Corporal.
Service and principal actions: Vimy Ridge, 1917; wounded about
7th May, 1917 (in the face, slight). Attended classes at the base
from May to August, 1917. Rejoined 25th Battalion in August,
1917.

Killed in Action on his 20th birthday, 15th August, 1917.

Wilson, Charles Willingham — Private. Born 26th July,
1889, at Edinburgh, Scotland. Father, William John Wilson,
Custom House Officer. Educated at Daniel Stewart's College,
Edinburgh. Entered the service of the Bank, 15th March, 1910.
Enlisted, 12th February, 1915, from East Vancouver branch, in
6th Duke of Connaught's Own Rifles, with the rank of Private.
Transferred to 47th Canadian BattaHon, 12th March, 1915; 30th
Reserve Battalion, October, 1915; 3rd Canadian Machine Gun
Corps, 9th March, 1916. Principal actions: Ypres, Somme, 1916;
Vimy, 1917. Shrapnel wound in the right shoulder, 5th June,
1919. Machine-gun bullet wounds in both thighs (right leg
amputated), 9th April, 1917. Demobilized, 30th September, 1918,
on account of being physically unfit for further military service.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 15th October, 1918.



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Wilson, Douglas Alexander — Lieutenant. Born 15tli
April, 1887, at Liverpool, England. Father, Christopher Alexander
Wilson, Bank Manager. Educated at Liverpool Institute. Enter-
ed the service of the Bank, 9th December, 1910. Left Montreal
branch to return to England to take up military duty, 23rd
September, 1914. Enlisted, October, 1914, in 10th (Scottish)
Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment (Territorial Forces), with
the rank of Private. Promoted Corporal, June, 1915. Trans-
ferred to 9th Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment, with the