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Old Boys who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War.

Captain John Egerton Ryerson ’03

Died: September 19, 1916

Capt. J. E. Ryerson, youngest son of Mrs. C. Egerton Ryerson, 60 St. Clair Ave. W., and grandson of the late Rev. Egerton Ryerson, of Toronto, was reported killed in action, Sept. 28th, 1916. He was a cousin of Surgeon-General G. Sterling Ryerson, and was formerly manager of the Wychwood Branch of the Canadian Bank of Commerce. He was twenty-nine years of age, and was married shortly before going overseas.

One brother, Major Stanley Ryerson, is with the 4th Canadian Hospital at Saloniki.

Capt. Ryerson was for years a private in the Queen’s Own Rifles. He took out his commission soon after war broke out, and was gazetted to the 58th Batt., going to England in Nov., 19 15. In February he reached the trenches and became Captain in June, receiving command of a trench mortar battery. He was at Upper Canada College from 1900 to 1903.

College Times (Summer 1916) pg. 21


More information about Captain John Egerton Ryerson ’03 can be found at:

Upper Canada Roll of Service 1914-1919

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canadian Great War Project

Commonwealth War Graves Commission