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uary, 1896, at Cork, Ireland. Father, A. J. Beamish, J. P.
Entered the service of the Bank, 18th December, 1912. Enlisted,
27th October, 1915, from Swift Current branch, in Canadian Army



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Medical Corps, with the rank of Private. Subsequently promoted
Staff Sergeant. Wounded, October, 1916. Demobilized, 7th
May, 1919, in England.

+Bean, Lewis Mackenzie — Private. Born 29th December,
1894, at Hanford, California, U.S.A. Father, George Bean, Farmer
(deceased). Educated at Aberlour Public School, Banffshire,
Scotland, and Central School, Aberdeen. Entered the service of
the Bank, 30th May, 1911. Enlisted, 14th August, 1914, from
Winnipeg branch, in 79th (Winnipeg) Cameron Highlanders, with
the rank of Private. Transferred to 16th Battalion, Canadian
Scottish. Principal action: Second Battle of Ypres, April, 1915.
Missing (subsequently reported Killed in Action), 23rd April,
1915.

Beaton, Lawrence — Trooper. Born 12th August, 1892, at
Leith, Scotland. Father, Daniel Beaton, Swimming Instructor.
Educated at Oatlands School, Glasgow. Entered the service of the
Bank, 16th March, 1911. Enlisted, 21st October, 1915, from
Grandview branch, in Fort Garry Horse, with the rank of Trooper.
Transferred to Department of General Auditor, 15th May, 1918.
Principal actions: Somme, 1st July, 1916, to October, 1916;
German Retreat of February, 1917; Epehy, May, 1917. Wounded,
in the leg and eardrums (with resultant slight deafness), by shell-
fire, 21st May, 1917. Demobilized, 10th February, 1919.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 17th February, 1919.

^■Beatson, Roger Stewart Montresor — Lieutenant. Born
20th July, 1890, at Rangoon, Burmah, India. Father, W. W. G.
Beatson, East India Merchant. Educated at Rugby. Entered
the service of the Bank, 5th June, 1911. Enlisted, 10th August,
1914, from Vancouver branch, in 72nd Seaforth Highlanders of
Canada, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 10th King's
Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, December, 1914; 6th King's Own
Yorkshire Light Infantry, 1916. Promoted Second Lieutenant,
December, 1914; Lieutenant, June, 1916. Principal actions:
Second Battle of Ypres, 1915; Somme, 1916. Wounded (shrapnel)
in the knee, Hooge, 1st August, 1915.
Killed in Action, 2nd July, 1916.

"He was very cool and gallant under fire and was just giving
orders for the attack on a wood when he fell dead." — A brother
oflScer.

Beattie, Walter Ernest — Private. Born 12th September,
1892, at Fintona, County Tyrone, Ireland. Father, Robert



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Beattie, Farmer. Educated at The Academy, Omagh, Ireland,
and Skerry's College, Belfast. Entered the service of the Bank,
11th April, 1913. Enlisted, 1st May, 1916, from Kitscoty branch,
in 196th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred
to 46th Canadian Battalion, February, 1917; Canadian Army Pay
Corps, London, May, 1918. Principal actions: Vimy Ridge, 1917,
and minor engagements in the vicinity of Lens, 1917. InvaUded
to England, July, 1917.

Beatty, Arthur Pakenham — Private. Born 17th February,
1892, at Wimbledon, England. Father, Octavius Holmes Beatty,
Barrister-at-law. Educated at King's College School, Wimbledon,
and South Eastern Agricultural College, Wye, Kent. Entered the
service of the Bank, 2nd May, 1912. Enlisted, August, 1914, from
Chilliwack branch, in 104th Westminster Fusiliers, with the rank
of Private. Transferred to 1st British Columbia Regiment (7th
Battalion); British Red Cross Society, 19th December, 1914, pro-
ceeding to France, 15th January, 1915. Service and principal
actions: Motor Ambulance Driver, French Army (123rd Division
Infantry; Verdun, Champagne, Montdidier. Gassed, 21st April,

1918, near Montdidier. Invalided to England, May, 1918.
Joined Navy, June, 1918. Demobilized, 11th January, 1919.
Subsequent occupation: Senior Clerk, Wimbledon War Pensions
Committee, March, 1919.

Beattt, George Arthur — Second Lieutenant. Born 17th
November, 1894, at Fermanagh, Ireland. Father, James Beatty,
Farmer (retired). Educated at Cavan Royal School. Entered
the service of the Bank, 23rd August, 1911. Enlisted, November,
1917, from Gleichen branch, in Royal Air Force, with the rank of
Flight Cadet. Promoted Second Lieutenant, 19th July, 1918.
Service: Engaged in training in England. Demobilized, July,

1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 8th August, 1919.

•I-Beatty, James Harold — Private. Born 16th January, 1896,
at Killartry, Brookeboro, Ireland. Father, James Beatty, Farmer.
Educated at Royal School, Cavan. Entered the service of the
Bank, 24th April, 1914. Enlisted, February, 1916, from Nokomis
branch, in Fort Garry Horse, with the rank of Trooper. Principal
actions: Vimy Ridge, Messines, Lens, St. Quentin, Cambrai, 1917;
Amiens, 1918.

Killed in Action, 1st April, 1918, at Rifle Wood, near Amiens,
while carrying in wounded after a long engagement.



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Beatty, Robert John — Gunner. Born l'2th June, 1891, at
Cobourg, Ontario, Canada. Father, George Beatty (deceased).
Educated at Royal City High School, New Westminster, B.C.
Entered the service of the Bank, 1st April, 1908. Enlisted, 9th
May, 1918, from Vancouver branch, in 68th Battery, Canadian
Field Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Transferred to Canadian
Reserve Artillery, 8th September, 1918. Trained at Petawawa
Camp, Canada, and in Canadian Reserve Artillery Brigade,
England. Demobilized, 28th March, 1919. Returned to duty
with the Bank, 31st March, 1919.

Beatty, Wilbert James — Signaller. Born 28th March,
1898, at Forest, Ontario, Canada. Father, George W. Beatty,
Farmer (retired). Educated at Forest High School. Entered the
service of the Bank, 2nd September, 1915. Enlisted, 11th January,
1916, from Forest branch, in 149th Canadian Battalion (Lambton's
Own), with the rank of Signaller. Transferred to 49th (Edmonton)
BattaUon, in France. Principal actions: Arras, Amiens, Drocourt-
Queant Switch, Bourlon Wood, Cambrai, Valenciennes, Mons,
1918. Gassed at Cambrai. Demobihzed, 30th May, 1919.

Beaulieu, George Raoul — Lance-Corporal. Born 16th
October, 1891, at Riviere du Loup, Quebec, Canada. Father,
George Beaulieu, Miller (deceased). Educated at St. Joseph's
College, Memramcook, N.B. Entered the service of the Bank,
15th December, 1915. Enlisted, 3rd January, 1918, from Crescent
and St. Catherine, Montreal, branch, in 2nd Depot Battalion, 2nd
Quebec Regiment, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 10th
Canadian Reserve Battalion, 28th July, 1918. Promoted Lance-
Corporal, 8th April, 1919. Service: Engaged in training and
clerical work. Demobilized, 4th July, 1919. Returned to duty
with the Bank, 5th August, 1919. Retired from the service of the
Bank, 31st July, 1920.

Beaulieu, Joseph Adhemar — Private. Born 29th Novem-
ber, 1895, at Rimouski, Quebec, Canada. Father, Joseph Beaulieu
(deceased). Educated at Seminary of Rimouski. Entered the
service of the Bank, 28th December, 1914. Enlisted, 25th May,
1918, from Bedford branch, with the rank of Private. Trained in
the Royal Air Force in Canada. Returned to duty with the Bank,
11th February, 1919.

Beck, Darrell Alexander — Bombardier. Born 26th Feb-
ruary, 1899, at Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Father, John Beady
Gwinnett Beck, Accountant. Educated at Oshawa and Toronto
Schools. Entered the service of the Bank, 6th September, 1915.



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Enlisted, 27th February, 1916, from Head Office, Toronto, in 52nd
Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, with the rank of Gunner.
Transferred to Heavy Trench Mortar Battery, October, 1917.
Promoted Bombardier, August, 1918. Service: In action in
France and Belgium from October, 1917, until the Armistice.
Gassed slightly. Returned to duty with the Bank, 2nd September,
1919.

+Beck, Gut Armstrong — Lieuten.ant. Born 20th April, 1893,
at Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Father, John Beady Gwinnett Beck,
Accountant. Educated at Oshawa Public and High Schools.
Entered the service of the Bank, 5th September, 1911. Enlisted,
October, 1915, from Toronto branch, in 127th Canadian Battalion,
with the rank of Lieutenant. Joined the Royal Canadian Regi-
ment in England, about September, 1916, proceeding to France in
October, 1916. Principal action: Vimy Ridge, 1917.

Killed in Action, 9th April, 1917.

(Brother of D. A. Beck.)

Beckett, Grenville — Lieutenant. Born 17th December,
1890, at Dublin, Ireland. Father, A. Beckett, Chief Clerk, General
Valuation Office. Entered the service of the Bank, 20th January,
1912. EnUsted, June, 1915, from Montreal branch, in 60th Can-
adian Battalion, with the rank of Lieutenant. DemobiUzed, 23rd
April, 1919.

Bedard, George Stephen — Signaller. Born 3rd July, 1898,
at Richmond, Quebec, Canada. Father, George Albert Bedard
(deceased). Educated at Sacred Heart Academy. Entered the
service of the Bank, 10th January, 1916. Enlisted, 16th April,
1917, from Valcourt branch, in Canadian Cychst Corps, with the
rank of Private. Transferred to 23rd Canadian Reserve Battalion,
26th July, 1917; 14th Canadian Battalion, 23rd May, 1918.
Principal actions: Amiens, Arras, Cambrai, 1918. Wounded
(gun shot), in the left thigh, 1st October, 1918. Demobilized, 29th
March, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 23rd April, 1919.

Beddome, Norman Ruttan — Gunner. Born 2nd August,
1892, at Minnedosa, Manitoba, Canada. Father, B. B. Beddome
(retired). Educated at Portage la Prairie Pubhc School, and
Winnipeg High School. Entered the service of the Bank, 1st
February, 1911. Enlisted, 8th March, 1918, from Queen East,
Toronto, branch, in 67th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, with
the rank of Gunner. Service: Engaged in artillery training.
Demobihzed, 13th January, 1919. Returned to duty with the
Bank, 14th January, 1919.



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Beekworth, Eaele Stanley — Flight Cadet. Born 11th
May, 1893, at Passumpsic, Vermont, U.S.A. Father, Herbert A.
Beerworth, Railway Agent, Boston and Maine Railway. Educated
at Stanstead Wesleyan College. Entered the service of the Bank,
1st March, 1912, from Eastern Townships Bank. EnUsted, 15th
May, 1918, from Superintendent's Department, Sherbrooke, in
Royal Air Force, with the rank of Flight Cadet. Demobilized
22nd December, 1918. Returned to duty with the Bank, 2nd
January, 1919,

Belford, Franklin Robert William — Lieutenant. Born
27th August, 1894, at Eden, Manitoba, Canada. Father, Major
James F. B. Belford, Clergyman. Educated at Windsor Mills
Academy, Sunnyhill School, London (England), and Bishop's
College. Entered the service of the Bank, 3rd September, 1913.
Enlisted, 11th December, 1915, from East Angus branch, in 87th
Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 1st
Canadian Battalion, May, 1916; Canadian Forestry Corps,
October, 1917. Promoted Sergeant, June, 1916; Lieutenant,
July, 1917. Service and principal actions: Third Battle of Ypres,
June, 1916, and minor actions in July, 1916. Subsequently
employed on Forestry work (on account of wounds received in
action). Gun shot wounds in the face and hip, and concussion,
July, 1916. Demobilized, February, 1918, on account of being
medically unfit for further military service.

Note: Mr. BeKord is one of three brothers who wero on
active service, one of whom was killed. Major J. F. Belford (father)
was also on active service as Chaplain to the 1st Canadian
Divisional Artillery.

+Bell, David Hunter — Captain, M.C. Born 6th September,
1885, at Edinburgh, Scotland. Father, John Bell, Doctor.
Educated at George Watson's College, Edinburgh. Entered the
service of the Bank, 15th February, 1913. Enlisted, 5th August,
1914, from Vancouver branch, in 16th Battalion, Canadian Scottish,
with the rank of Private. Promoted Lieutenant, October, 1915;
Captain, June, 1916. Principal actions: Second Battle of Ypres,
Festubert, 1915; Third Battle of Ypres June, 1916; Somme,
October, 1916.

Awarded

The Military Cross

(June, 1916)

"For conspicuous leadership during an attack.

He disposed of eight of the enemy, besides being a

very brave and efficient officer." — {London Gazette.)

Killed in Action, 8th October, 1916.



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Bell, John Black — Sergeant. Born 8th January, 1885, at
Roxborough, Scotland. Father, Thomas M. Bell, Farmer.
Educated at St. Mary's PubUc School and Collegiate Institute, and
Boston University, Boston, U.S.A. Entered the service of the
Bank, 3rd February, 1905. Enlisted, 15th April, 1916, from
Gleichen branch, where he was Accountant, in 187th Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 50th Canadian
BattaHon, April, 1917. Promoted Sergeant, February, 1918.
Principal actions: Lens, August, 1917; Passchendaele, October
and November, 1917; Arras, March, 1918; Amiens, August, 1918.
Wounded (gun shot) in the stomach and spine, 11th August, 1918.

+Bell, John Mercer Grimshaw — Lieutenant, M.C. Born
4th September, 1891, at Belfast, Ireland. Father, Richard Bell,
late Officer in Princess Victoria's Royal Irish Fusiliers and Lanca-
shire Fusiliers. Educated by private tuition, and at Rockport,
County Down, Ireland. Entered the service of the Bank, 27th
June, 1910. Enlisted, 4th August, 1914, from Victoria branch, in
5th Canadian Garrison Artillery, with the rank of Gunner. Trans-
ferred to Royal Field Artillery, 11th December, 1914, with the rank
of Second Lieutenant; Royal Air Force, Summer of 1918. Pro-
moted Lieutenant, about October, 1917. Proceeded to France with
his battery shortly after transferring to the Royal Field Artillery.
Awarded
The Military Cross
"When the enemy attacked and approached in
view of the battery, be brought his section into the
open to engage the enemy, and himself took up an
exposed situation and controlled and fought his guns
with the greatest coolness and determination until his
ammunition was exhausted."
Wounded, near Montauban, July, 1916, and again in August,
1917.

Died, 11th October, 1918, of wounds received on 3rd October.
Note: The Chaplain of Mr. Bell's Squadron wrote of him:
"He possessed all those qualities of character and disposition
which are the foundation of true nobility. Everyone who knew
him was irresistibly attracted towards him."

Bell, Walter Samuel — Second Air Mechanic. Born 12th
April, 1891, in Ireland. Father. James Bell, School teacher.
Educated at Latsy National School. Entered the service of the
Bank, 1st November, 1915. Enlisted, 12th July, 1917, from



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Superintendent's Department, Winnipeg, in Royal Flying Corps,
with the rank of Private. Served with the Canadian Training
Squadrons of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force, in
Texas and Canada. Demobilized, 23rd December, 1918. Sub-
sequent occupation: Employed with Gault's Limited (Dry Goods)
Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Bennett, Frederick Charles — Private. Born 4th Feb-
ruary, 1888, at Alberton, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Father,
Charles E. Bennett, Agent, Imperial Oil Company, Limited.
Educated at Alberton High School. Entered the service of the
Bank, 1st June, 1906. Enhsted, 29th February, 1916, from
Vancouver branch, in 231st Canadian Battalion, with the rank of
Private. Transferred to 72nd Canadian Battalion, May, 1917.
Principal actions: Avion and Lens, June to September, 1917;
Passchendaele, 1917; Amiens, 1918. Gun shot wound in the face,
26th August, 1917, bayonet wound in the hand, 8th August, 1918.
Demobilized, 3rd March, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank,
19th March, 1919.

Bennett, Henry Norman — Second Lieutenant. Born 3rd
February, 1890, at Grenada, British West Indies. Father, H. J.
Lee Bennett, Physician. Educated at Royal Naval School,
Eltham, Kent, England. Entered the service of the Bank, 9th
November, 1909. Enhsted, October, 1915, from Macleod branch,
in 10th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery, with the rank of Gunner.
Transferred to Royal Air Force, October, 1917. Promoted Ser-
geant, December, 1916; Second Lieutenant, February, 1918.
Principal action: Somme, 1916. Demobihzed, July, 1919.
Returned to duty with the Bank, 1st October, 1919.

Benson, Herbert John — A.B. Born 10th September, 1880,
at Kinglands, London, England. Father, Charles Benson, Sales-
man. Educated at Board School. Entered the service of the
Bank, 19th January, 1912. Enhsted, 4th August, 1914, from
London, England, branch, in the Royal Navy, as an A.B. in the
Royal Fleet Reserve. Transferred to H.M.S. "Weasel," August,
1914; H.M.S. "Ruby," 16th January, 1916. Service: Engaged in
Mine Sweeping, Harbour Duties, Patrol and Escort Duties —
Atlantic and Eastern Mediterranean. Returned to duty with the
Bank, 28th April, 1919. 92.

Berrow, Henry Robert — Bandmaster. Born 18th October,
1874. Entered the service of the Bank, 4th September, 1914.
Enlisted, August, 1915, from Superintendent's Department,



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Winnipeg, in 78th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Band-
master. Honourably discharged in England and returned to
Canada, 1916.

Note: Mr. Berrow has a record of twenty-one years' service
in the Imperial Army.

Berwick, William Robekt — Sergeant. Born 19th February,
1892, at London, England. Father, Thomas Augustus Berwick,
Engineer. Educated at Cusack's College, London. Entered the
service of the Bank, 28th September, 1914. EnUsted, 4th August,
1915, from London, England, branch, in Royal Flying Corps, with
the rank of Private. Discharged after a few months service as
medically unfit. Joined the British Red Cross Society, 4th August,
1917. Promoted Lance-Corporal, 15th September, 1918; Cor-
poral, 10th November, 1918; Sergeant, 16th February, 1919.
Service: Engaged in clerical work with the British Red Cross
Society in France.

Bethell, Donald Leslie — Lieutenant. Born 15th January >
1895, at Stourbridge, England. Father, Thomas Duke Bethell-
Educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Stourbridge-
Entered the service of the Bank, 15th February, 1913. Enlisted>
10th November, 1914, from Herbert branch, in 32nd Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 2nd Canadian
Battalion, 4th May, 1915, in France; 1st Canadian Divisional Head-
quarters, 4th April, 1916; 6th Canadian Reserve, as Lieutenant,
5th May, 1917; 2nd Canadian Battahon, 20th August, 1918; 6th
Canadian Reserve Battalion, 25th November, 1918; attached to
Headquarters Staff, Witley, 27th November, 1918. Promoted
Sergeant, 4th April, 1916; Lieutenant, 5th May, 1917. Principal
actions: Festubert, Givenchy, 1915; Ypres (Third Battle), Somme,
1916; Vimy, 1917; Cambrai, 1918. Bullet wound through the
left thigh, and trench mortar wound in the hand. Subsequent
occupation: Assistant Treasurer (British Government) in German
East Africa.

Bethune, John Alexander — Lieutenant. Born 27th Jan-
uary, 1896, at Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Father, Henry J.
Bethune, Dominion Bank, Toronto. Educated at Trinity College
School, Port Hope, and Ontario Agricultural College, Guelph.
Entered the service of the Bank, 24th September, 1914. Enlisted,
September, 1915, from Brandon branch, in 4th University Company,
with the rank of Private. Transferred to 1st Canadian Mounted
Rifles, June, 1916. Promoted Lance-Corporal, December, 1915;



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Lieutenant, January, 1916. Principal actions: Ypres, Somme,
1916; Vimy Ridge, 1917; Cambrai, 1918; Wounded slightly,
September, 1916, April, 1917, and September and November, 1918.
Demobilized, 3rd February, 1919. Subsequent occupation: With
National City Bank of New York, Foreign branch, April, 1919.

+Bevan, Alfeed William — Private. Born 21st March, 1895,
at Liverpool, England. Father, John Bevan (deceased). Edu-
cated at Liverpool Collegiate School. Entered the service
of the Bank, 15th February, 1913. Left North Winnipeg branch,
22nd June, 1915, to return to England to take up Military duty.
Enlisted in 10th Liverpool Scottish, with the rank of Private.
Service: Engaged in active service with his Battalion in France,
in 1916.

Killed in Action, at Guillemont, Somme, 9th August, 1916.

BiCKNELL, Leslie Newton — Private. Born 11th March,
1899, at Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Father, Charles Bicknell
(deceased). Educated at Parkdale Collegiate Institute, Toronto.
Entered the service of the Bank, 26th January, 1916. Enhsted,
8th February, 1917, from Grandview branch, in 221st Canadian
Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 78th Canadian
Battalion, 28th May, 1917. Principal actions: Lens, Passchen-
daele, 1917. Invalided with trench fever, 16th November, 1917.
DemobiHzed, 10th June, 1919.

BiGGAR, Frederick Charles — Major. Born 23rd Novem-
ber, 1881, at Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Father, Charles R. W.
Biggar, SoHcitor. Educated at Upper Canada College. Entered
the service of the Bank, 11th July, 1898. Enlisted, 24th Decem-
ber, 1914, from Virden branch, where he was Manager, in 32nd
Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Lieutenant. Transferred to
2nd Canadian Battalion, 3rd May, 1915; Headquarters 13th
Canadian Infantry Brigade, 1st August, 1917; Headquarters Can-
adians, Witley, 1st April, 1918; Headquarters, Overseas Military
Forces of Canada, 16th October, 1918; Headquarters, Kinmel
Park Demobihzation Camp, 12th December, 1918. Promoted
Captain, 19th September, 1916; Staff Captain, 1st August, 1917;
Major (Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General), 1st January, 1919.
Principal actions: Festubert, Givenchy, 1915. Returned to duty
with the Bank, 24th November, 1919. 20, 28, 71, 73.

BissoN, Marie-Louis — Second Lieutenant. Born 3rd July,
1895, at Scotts, Quebec, Canada. Father, Stanislas Bisson
(retired). Educated at St. Mary's College, Ste. Marie-Beauce,



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Quebec; College St. Joseph-de-Levis; and Queen's University.
Entered the service of the Bank, 4th May, 1912. Enlisted, 25th
April, 1918, from Chatham branch, in Western Ontario Regiment,
with the rank of Private. Transferred to Royal Air Force, 14th
May, 1918, with the rank of Flight Cadet. Promoted Second
Lieutenant, 12th February, 1919. Service: Engaged in training
until January, 1919. Returned to duty with the Bank, 19th
September, 1919.

*Black, Francis — Corporal. Born 23rd October, 1893, at
Santiago de Veraguas, Republic of Columbia. Father, Claude
Black, Mining Engineer. Educated at Christ's Hospital, Horsham,
England, and Grammar School, Reading. Left Elfros branch,
7th November, 1914, to return to England to take up Mihtary
duty. Enlisted in Pubhc Schools Battalion (18th Royal Fusiliers),
with the rank of Private. Promoted Lance-Corporal, March, 1915;
Corporal, June, 1915.

Killed instantly by a sniper, 2nd December, 1915, about three
weeks after his arrival in France.

Black, James — Captain, M.C. Born 15th November, 1893,
at Liscolman, County Antrim, Ireland. Father, James Black,
retired Farmer and Merchant. Educated at Ballycastle High
School, Coleraine Academical Institution, and by private tuition.
Entered the service of the Bank, 21st June, 1912. Enlisted, 26th
November, 1915, from London, England, branch, in Artist's Rifles,
O.T.C., with the rank of Cadet. Promoted Second Lieutenant,
May, 1916; Lieutenant, October, 1916; Captain, November, 1918.
Principal actions : Somme, 1916; Ypres, Boesinghe, Passchendaele,
1917. Service: Military Mission to U.S.A., from November, 1917,
to July, 1918, as Instructor in Army Intelligence.
Awarded
The Military Cross
(9th October, 1917)
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty
as Adjutant during three days' operations. When
the trenches of one of the support companies were
being blown to pieces he went from Battahon Head-
quarters and led the company forward into a new
position." (Supplement to the London Gazette, 6th
April, 1918).

The French Croix de Guerre
(9th October, 1917)
Demobilized, 17th May, 1919. Subsequent occupation: With
Industrial Bank of New York.



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Black, James Martin — Sergeant. Born 22nd October, 1893,
at Belfast, Ireland. Father, Andrew Black, Electrical Engineer.
Entered the service of the Bank, 20th September, 1912.
Enlisted, 18th December, 1914, from Langham branch, in 5th
Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Subsequently
promoted Sergeant. Demobilized, 1st January, 1920. Returned
to duty with the Bank, 15th January, 1920.

Black, William Bueglass — Flight Cadet. Born 16th Feb-
ruary, 1894, at Ayr, Ontario, Canada. Father, John L. Black
(retired). Educated at Ayr, and Gait Collegiate Institute.
Entered the service of the Bank, 27th January, 1913. Enlisted,
22nd March, 1918, from Prince Albert branch, in Royal Air Force,
with the rank of Flight Cadet. Service: Engaged in training for