Canadian Virtual War Memorial

George Crowther Ryerson

In memory of:

Captain George Crowther Ryerson

April 23, 1915

Military Service


Age:

32

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Division:

3rd Bn.

Additional Information


Son of Maj. Gen. G. Sterling Ryerson, of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 35 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Panel 18 - 24 - 26 - 30

Location:


The Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and erected by the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission, it consists of a Hall of Memory", 36.6 metres long by 20.1 metres wide. In the centre are broad staircases leading to the ramparts which overlook the moat, and to pillared loggias which run the whole length of the structure. On the inner walls of the Hall, on the side of the staircases and on the walls of the loggias, panels of Portland stone bear the names of the dead, inscribed by regiment and corps. Carved in stone above the central arch are the words:


TO THE ARMIES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO STOOD HERE FROM 1914 TO 1918 AND TO THOSE OF THEIR DEAD WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE.

Over the two staircases leading from the main Hall is the inscription:

HERE ARE RECORDED NAMES OF OFFICERS AND MEN WHO FELL IN YPRES SALIENT BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH.

The dead are remembered to this day in a simple ceremony that takes place every evening at 8:00 p.m. All traffic through the gateway in either direction is halted, and two buglers (on special occasions four) move to the centre of the Hall and sound the Last Post. Two silver trumpets for use in the ceremony are a gift to the Ypres Last Post Committee by an officer of the Royal Canadian Artillery, who served with the 10th Battery, of St. Catharines, Ontario, in Ypres in April 1915."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Memorial – Inscription on the Menin Gate … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial – The Golden Book : The Military Institute, 1927 (Toronto : University of Toronto Press);
  • Memorial – The Golden Book : The Military Institute, 1927 (Toronto : University of Toronto Press);
  • Photo of George Crowther Ryerson – From The War Book of Upper Canada College, edited by Archibald Hope Young, Toronto, 1923.  This book is a Roll of Honour including former students who served during the First World War.
  • Newspaper Clipping – The Varsity War Supplement, University of Toronto, July 1915.
  • Honor Roll – Honour Roll from The Varsity War Supplement, University of Toronto, July 1915.
  • Newspaper Clipping – Captain George C. Ryerson's father and sister.  Surgeon General George Sterling Ryerson survived the sinking of the Lusitania on May 7th, 1915.  His mother, Mary Amelia Crowther (Mrs. Ryerson) was drowned when her lifeboat capsized.  Her daughter Laura, shown in this photo, was saved.
  • Newspaper Clipping – From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Newspaper Clipping (2)
  • Newspaper Clipping (4) – Lt. Arthur Connaught Ryerson was the brother of Captain George Crowther Ryerson. The Varsity War Supplement, University of Toronto, July 1915.
  • Honour Roll – "University of Toronto / Roll of Service 1914-1918", 1921.
  • Newspaper Clipping – Newspaper clipping from Daily Telegraph of April 30, 1915. Image taken from web address of http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ww1-archive/11561799/Daily-Telegraph-April-30-1915.html
  • Memorial Tablet – Lt. George Crowther Ryerson is remembered on this brass Memorial Tablet. It was unveiled on May 1st, 1921 in memory of Upper Canada College students who died on active service during  the First World War.  Upper Canada College is located in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Royal Canadian Yacht Club Memorial – The Royal Canadian Yacht Club World War One Memorial, Toronto, Ontario.  
Images of the 1926 unveiling ceremony and the names listed on the side 
panels of the sun dial memorial. This unveiling and the photographs were 
presented in a special edition booklet entitled "In Memoriam 1914-1918".
  • Inscription on Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial
  • Family Monument – Captain George Crowther Ryerson is remembered on the Ryerson family monument located in St. James Cemetery, Parliament Street, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Memorial Plaque – Memorial Plaque – Lt. George Crowther Ryerson is remembered on this bronze memorial plaque. It is found in the foyer of the Alpha Delta Phi Chapter House at 94 Prince Arthur Avenue

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