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Brothers-in-Arms: 1914-1918

We Will Remember Them.

 
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CAPT. GEORGE CROWTHER RYERSON, 0T6

Died: April 23, 1915
Age: 32
Unit: Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
Division: 3rd Battalion

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After three years at Varsity his passion for life in the open, which was always one of his chief characteristics, led him to spend a year in the lumber camps of Northern Ontario. In 1906 he returned to Toronto and went into the real estate business with the firm of Stinson and Hollwey. Two years later he formed with Mr. W. G. Mitchell the firm of Mitchell & Ryerson, insurance brokers, and at the time the war broke out the firm had built up a large and lucrative business.

His military career began in 1908 when he obtained a commission in the 10th Royal Grenadiers, and he held the rank of captain in that regiment when he offered his services for the First Canadian Contingent. He was given command of a company in the 3rd Battalion, and on reaching France was promoted to Major. At the battle of Langemarck he was moving forward from a trench with a detachment of reliefs when he was struck by a rifle bullet and died about half an hour afterwards.

This great world-war was always the overshadowing thing on his horizon, and for years he devoted a great deal of his spare time to the necessary preparations for it. At times he seemed to have a premonition that when the war came it would cost him his life, but he always seemed ready to make the sacrifice. His death was such as he would have chosen, but by his death the Empire has lost a loyal, big-hearted, gentle-minded, brave, strong son.

 
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Capt. George Edward VanSittart, 1905

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Lieut. John Anthony Ninian Ormsby 1T6

Died: August 2, 1916
Age: 22
Unit: Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade

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Lieut. John Anthony Vivian Ormsby died on Aug. 2nd, 1916, in the German lines, according to information from the German Red Cross, three days after his machine had been brought down by anti-aircraft guns, from wounds received in action while flying over the enemy trenches.

Lieut. Ormsby was the son of Mr. J. Y. Ormsby, of Forest Hill Road, Toronto. He obtained a commission with the 10th Royal Grenadiers in Sept., 19 14, and was appointed to the Eaton Machine Gun Battery in Jan., 19 15. He reached England at the beginning of June, 1915, and in January, 1916, exchanged into the Royal Flying Corps. On July 1st, 191 6, he crossed to France, and on Aug. 2nd was reported missing.

 
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Lieut. Archibald Walter MacDonald, 1T1

Died: September 15, 1916
Age: 27
Unit: Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
Division: 19th Battalion

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Lieut. Archie W. Macdonald, B Company, 19th Battalion, 4th Brigade, was killed in action in France on Sept. 15th, 1916, at the age of 26.

Lieut. Macdonald was the youngest son of Dr. Albert A. Macdonald, Bedford Rd., Toronto. He was educated at Upper Canada College, 1898-1906, and Toronto University. At the outbreak of war, he left the business he was engaged in to join the ioth Royal Grenadiers, and received his lieutenant’s commission.

After training at the Exhibition grounds during the winter, Lieut. Macdonald left for England with the 2nd Contingent, and reached Flanders in Sept., 1915.

A friend of his has said : ‘ Probably no boy more deservedly enjoyed confidence, respect and popularity at U.C.C. and Toronto University, for his many attributes, his prowess as a boxer, swimmer and all-round athlete, as well as his gentle and kindly manner ; and above all he was an honourable gentleman in the true sense of the word.”

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Maj. John Redmond Walsingham Meredith, 1900

Lieut. Archibald Walter MacDonald, 1T1

Died: September 15, 1916
Age: 27
Unit: Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
Division: 19th Battalion

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Lieut. Archie W. Macdonald, B Company, 19th Battalion, 4th Brigade, was killed in action in France on Sept. 15th, 1916, at the age of 26.

Lieut. Macdonald was the youngest son of Dr. Albert A. Macdonald, Bedford Rd., Toronto. He was educated at Upper Canada College, 1898-1906, and Toronto University. At the outbreak of war, he left the business he was engaged in to join the ioth Royal Grenadiers, and received his lieutenant’s commission.

After training at the Exhibition grounds during the winter, Lieut. Macdonald left for England with the 2nd Contingent, and reached Flanders in Sept., 1915.

A friend of his has said : ‘ Probably no boy more deservedly enjoyed confidence, respect and popularity at U.C.C. and Toronto University, for his many attributes, his prowess as a boxer, swimmer and all-round athlete, as well as his gentle and kindly manner ; and above all he was an honourable gentleman in the true sense of the word.”

 
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Lieut. Maurice Arundel Clarkson, 1T5

Died: April 21, 1917
Age: 24
Unit: Canadian Field Artillery
Division: 8th Brigade

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Lieut. Maurice A. Clarkson, 40th Battery, 11th Division, 3rd Brigade, C.F.A., youngest son of E. R. C. Clarkson, of Toronto, died of wounds received at Vimy Ridge on April 21st 1917, aged 24.

Lieut. Clarkson took his degree at Toronto University in 1915. He was a fine all-round athlete, representing the University in football and hockey, and winning his class in the boxing tournament.

Lieut. Clarkson was a fine sample of young Canada, keen both at work and play, and was popular with all who knew him.

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Lieut. Thomas Leslie Harling, 1T8

Died: September 15, 1916
Age: 27
Unit: Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
Division: 19th Battalion

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Lieut. Archie W. Macdonald, B Company, 19th Battalion, 4th Brigade, was killed in action in France on Sept. 15th, 1916, at the age of 26.

Lieut. Macdonald was the youngest son of Dr. Albert A. Macdonald, Bedford Rd., Toronto. He was educated at Upper Canada College, 1898-1906, and Toronto University. At the outbreak of war, he left the business he was engaged in to join the ioth Royal Grenadiers, and received his lieutenant’s commission.

After training at the Exhibition grounds during the winter, Lieut. Macdonald left for England with the 2nd Contingent, and reached Flanders in Sept., 1915.

A friend of his has said : ‘ Probably no boy more deservedly enjoyed confidence, respect and popularity at U.C.C. and Toronto University, for his many attributes, his prowess as a boxer, swimmer and all-round athlete, as well as his gentle and kindly manner ; and above all he was an honourable gentleman in the true sense of the word.”

 
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Capt. Alan Pratt MacLean, 1T7

Died: March 18, 1918
Age: 22
Unit: Royal Flying Corps
Division: 11th Squadron

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Captain Alan (Lally) P. Maclean enlisted in September 1914, while attending Toronto University, with the 48th Highlanders and in the spring of 1915 was transferred to the 20th Battalion. He went overseas in May 1915, and trained in Sandling Camp until September 15th of the same year, when he went to France as Signalling Officer and was in the trenches for eleven months.

He then joined the R.A.F., but, owing to sickness was invalided to Perkins Bull Hospital, near London. He rejoined the R.A.F., and was flying until April 18th, when he was reported missing.

On May 25th, he was reported killed in action. It is believed that he was killed while in the air.

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Capt. John Robinson Woods, 1T4

Died: October 24, 1917
Age: 25
Unit: 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles (2nd Central Ontario Regt.)

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Capt. J. R. Woods, son of Mr. J. D. Woods, 91 Bredalbane St., Toronto.. He went overseas in 1915 with the 35th Batt., and was made a Captain in the 4th C.M.R. Prior to enlistment he was taking an Arts course at Varsity; he was killed in action in October at the age of 25.

 
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Lieut. Frank Reginald Gibson, 1917

Lieut. Archibald Walter MacDonald, 1T1

Died: September 15, 1916
Age: 27
Unit: Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
Division: 19th Battalion

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Lieut. Archie W. Macdonald, B Company, 19th Battalion, 4th Brigade, was killed in action in France on Sept. 15th, 1916, at the age of 26.

Lieut. Macdonald was the youngest son of Dr. Albert A. Macdonald, Bedford Rd., Toronto. He was educated at Upper Canada College, 1898-1906, and Toronto University. At the outbreak of war, he left the business he was engaged in to join the ioth Royal Grenadiers, and received his lieutenant’s commission.

After training at the Exhibition grounds during the winter, Lieut. Macdonald left for England with the 2nd Contingent, and reached Flanders in Sept., 1915.

A friend of his has said : ‘ Probably no boy more deservedly enjoyed confidence, respect and popularity at U.C.C. and Toronto University, for his many attributes, his prowess as a boxer, swimmer and all-round athlete, as well as his gentle and kindly manner ; and above all he was an honourable gentleman in the true sense of the word.”

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Maj. Sidney Smith Burnham, 1910

Lieut. Archibald Walter MacDonald, 1T1

Died: September 15, 1916
Age: 27
Unit: Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
Division: 19th Battalion

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Lieut. Archie W. Macdonald, B Company, 19th Battalion, 4th Brigade, was killed in action in France on Sept. 15th, 1916, at the age of 26.

Lieut. Macdonald was the youngest son of Dr. Albert A. Macdonald, Bedford Rd., Toronto. He was educated at Upper Canada College, 1898-1906, and Toronto University. At the outbreak of war, he left the business he was engaged in to join the ioth Royal Grenadiers, and received his lieutenant’s commission.

After training at the Exhibition grounds during the winter, Lieut. Macdonald left for England with the 2nd Contingent, and reached Flanders in Sept., 1915.

A friend of his has said : ‘ Probably no boy more deservedly enjoyed confidence, respect and popularity at U.C.C. and Toronto University, for his many attributes, his prowess as a boxer, swimmer and all-round athlete, as well as his gentle and kindly manner ; and above all he was an honourable gentleman in the true sense of the word.”

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Capt. Walter Leslie Lockhart Gordon, 1914

Lieut. Archibald Walter MacDonald, 1T1

Died: September 15, 1916
Age: 27
Unit: Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
Division: 19th Battalion

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Lieut. Archie W. Macdonald, B Company, 19th Battalion, 4th Brigade, was killed in action in France on Sept. 15th, 1916, at the age of 26.

Lieut. Macdonald was the youngest son of Dr. Albert A. Macdonald, Bedford Rd., Toronto. He was educated at Upper Canada College, 1898-1906, and Toronto University. At the outbreak of war, he left the business he was engaged in to join the ioth Royal Grenadiers, and received his lieutenant’s commission.

After training at the Exhibition grounds during the winter, Lieut. Macdonald left for England with the 2nd Contingent, and reached Flanders in Sept., 1915.

A friend of his has said : ‘ Probably no boy more deservedly enjoyed confidence, respect and popularity at U.C.C. and Toronto University, for his many attributes, his prowess as a boxer, swimmer and all-round athlete, as well as his gentle and kindly manner ; and above all he was an honourable gentleman in the true sense of the word.”

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Lieut. Charles Penner Cotton, 1913

Lieut. Archibald Walter MacDonald, 1T1

Died: September 15, 1916
Age: 27
Unit: Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
Division: 19th Battalion

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Lieut. Archie W. Macdonald, B Company, 19th Battalion, 4th Brigade, was killed in action in France on Sept. 15th, 1916, at the age of 26.

Lieut. Macdonald was the youngest son of Dr. Albert A. Macdonald, Bedford Rd., Toronto. He was educated at Upper Canada College, 1898-1906, and Toronto University. At the outbreak of war, he left the business he was engaged in to join the ioth Royal Grenadiers, and received his lieutenant’s commission.

After training at the Exhibition grounds during the winter, Lieut. Macdonald left for England with the 2nd Contingent, and reached Flanders in Sept., 1915.

A friend of his has said : ‘ Probably no boy more deservedly enjoyed confidence, respect and popularity at U.C.C. and Toronto University, for his many attributes, his prowess as a boxer, swimmer and all-round athlete, as well as his gentle and kindly manner ; and above all he was an honourable gentleman in the true sense of the word.”

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Lieut. Eyre Frederick Morton Dann, 1909

Lieut. Archibald Walter MacDonald, 1T1

Died: September 15, 1916
Age: 27
Unit: Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
Division: 19th Battalion

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Lieut. Archie W. Macdonald, B Company, 19th Battalion, 4th Brigade, was killed in action in France on Sept. 15th, 1916, at the age of 26.

Lieut. Macdonald was the youngest son of Dr. Albert A. Macdonald, Bedford Rd., Toronto. He was educated at Upper Canada College, 1898-1906, and Toronto University. At the outbreak of war, he left the business he was engaged in to join the ioth Royal Grenadiers, and received his lieutenant’s commission.

After training at the Exhibition grounds during the winter, Lieut. Macdonald left for England with the 2nd Contingent, and reached Flanders in Sept., 1915.

A friend of his has said : ‘ Probably no boy more deservedly enjoyed confidence, respect and popularity at U.C.C. and Toronto University, for his many attributes, his prowess as a boxer, swimmer and all-round athlete, as well as his gentle and kindly manner ; and above all he was an honourable gentleman in the true sense of the word.”

 
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Lieut. John Ure Garrow, 1T0

Died: September 12, 1916
Age: 27
Unit: 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles (2nd Central Ontario Regt.)

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Lieut. John Ure Garrow died of gas poisoning caused by the explosion of a gas shell, on Setpt. 12, 1916, at the age of twenty-six.

Lieut. Garrow was born in Goderich, Ont., in 1890, the son of the late Hon. Mr. Justice Garrow. In 1901 he went enrolled at Toronto University, and after taking his B.A. degree in 1912 entered Osgoode Hall. In 1915 he was called to the bar.

In Sept., 1915, he joined the Royal Grenadiers, and was immediately drafted into the 74th Batt., C.E.F., as Lieutenant ; on completing winter training at Exhibition Camp he sailed for England with his Battalion on Mar. 31st, 1916. After several months further training at Bramshott, Lieut. Garrow was drafted into the Canadian Mounted Rifles, under Col. H. Lockhart Gordon (older brother of Capt. W. L. L. Gordon 1T4), and had been in the trenches for three months when he met his death.

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Maj. Robert Douglas Galbraith, 1915     

Lieut. Archibald Walter MacDonald, 1T1

Died: September 15, 1916
Age: 27
Unit: Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
Division: 19th Battalion

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Lieut. Archie W. Macdonald, B Company, 19th Battalion, 4th Brigade, was killed in action in France on Sept. 15th, 1916, at the age of 26.

Lieut. Macdonald was the youngest son of Dr. Albert A. Macdonald, Bedford Rd., Toronto. He was educated at Upper Canada College, 1898-1906, and Toronto University. At the outbreak of war, he left the business he was engaged in to join the ioth Royal Grenadiers, and received his lieutenant’s commission.

After training at the Exhibition grounds during the winter, Lieut. Macdonald left for England with the 2nd Contingent, and reached Flanders in Sept., 1915.

A friend of his has said : ‘ Probably no boy more deservedly enjoyed confidence, respect and popularity at U.C.C. and Toronto University, for his many attributes, his prowess as a boxer, swimmer and all-round athlete, as well as his gentle and kindly manner ; and above all he was an honourable gentleman in the true sense of the word.”

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Lieut. Ogden Dunlap Cochrane, 1914

Lieut. Archibald Walter MacDonald, 1T1

Died: September 15, 1916
Age: 27
Unit: Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
Division: 19th Battalion

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Lieut. Archie W. Macdonald, B Company, 19th Battalion, 4th Brigade, was killed in action in France on Sept. 15th, 1916, at the age of 26.

Lieut. Macdonald was the youngest son of Dr. Albert A. Macdonald, Bedford Rd., Toronto. He was educated at Upper Canada College, 1898-1906, and Toronto University. At the outbreak of war, he left the business he was engaged in to join the ioth Royal Grenadiers, and received his lieutenant’s commission.

After training at the Exhibition grounds during the winter, Lieut. Macdonald left for England with the 2nd Contingent, and reached Flanders in Sept., 1915.

A friend of his has said : ‘ Probably no boy more deservedly enjoyed confidence, respect and popularity at U.C.C. and Toronto University, for his many attributes, his prowess as a boxer, swimmer and all-round athlete, as well as his gentle and kindly manner ; and above all he was an honourable gentleman in the true sense of the word.”

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Lieut.-Col. William John Ogilvie Malloch, 1890

Lieut. Archibald Walter MacDonald, 1T1

Died: September 15, 1916
Age: 27
Unit: Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
Division: 19th Battalion

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Lieut. Archie W. Macdonald, B Company, 19th Battalion, 4th Brigade, was killed in action in France on Sept. 15th, 1916, at the age of 26.

Lieut. Macdonald was the youngest son of Dr. Albert A. Macdonald, Bedford Rd., Toronto. He was educated at Upper Canada College, 1898-1906, and Toronto University. At the outbreak of war, he left the business he was engaged in to join the ioth Royal Grenadiers, and received his lieutenant’s commission.

After training at the Exhibition grounds during the winter, Lieut. Macdonald left for England with the 2nd Contingent, and reached Flanders in Sept., 1915.

A friend of his has said : ‘ Probably no boy more deservedly enjoyed confidence, respect and popularity at U.C.C. and Toronto University, for his many attributes, his prowess as a boxer, swimmer and all-round athlete, as well as his gentle and kindly manner ; and above all he was an honourable gentleman in the true sense of the word.”