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

Lieutenant Ralph Egerton Norris Jones ’92

Died: April 6, 1916

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Lieut. Ralph E. N. Jones, 27th Battalion, was killed in action on April 6th, presumably at St. Eloi. He was the son of the late C. S. Jones, of St. Mary’s, where he was born in 1877, and was at the College from 1891 to 1892.

Lieutenant Jones was in his 38th year. He had been in the service of the Canadian Bank of Commerce since leaving Upper Canada College as a youth and had filled positions in Toronto, Vancouver, Portland, (Oregon), San Francisco and Calgary ;and had been Manager of the Alexander Avenue Branch of the Bank in Winnipeg for several years. He left the Bank of Commerce to join the 100th Winnipeg Grenadiers, at the outbreak of war, and reached England with the 27th Battalion in June, 1915. His brother, Lieut. T. Roy Jones, is with the 6th Howitzer Brigade in Flanders.

Lieut. Jones was one of the most regular correspondents to the Bank of Commerce, and many of his letters have been published by that institution, commencing Sept. 28th, when he was expecting to be sent to the trenches. He reached the trenches at the beginning of October, and his letters contain many interesting items. For example, the following, from a letter dated Nov. 6th, gives a curious sidelight on the war :

“A 28th officer tells me that, when the usual morning fog lifted the other day, one of his men, who was out in front, found himself a few yards from a German, who said, ‘You had better go back, or I shall have to shoot you.’ …. One would think there was no war some days, about breakfast or dinner time, as not a shot is fired by either side for sometimes an hour or so.”

 College Times (Summer 1916) pg. 3-4

More information about Lieutenant Ralph Egerton Norris Jones ’92 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

The Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Library Archives Canada – Attestation Papers

CIBC Remembers World War 1

Canadian Great War Project

University of Waterloo: “Brothers in the Great War”

Canada At War

Commonwealth Graves Commission