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Francis Jeremiah Ryan

In memory of:

Sergeant Francis Jeremiah Ryan

July 6, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

H/41435

Age:

31

Force:

Army

Unit:

Royal Winnipeg Rifles

Honours and Awards:

Military Medal

Additional Information


Son of John Clarence and Mary Veronica Ryan, of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Husband of Sarah P. Ryan.

Commemorated on Page 561 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

FLIN FLON (ROSS LAKE) CEMETERY
Manitoba, Canada

Grave Reference:

Plot B. Block 2. Lot 27.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Wedding picture– Wedding picture of Sergeant Frank Ryan and Sara Patricia O'Reilly, before he went into France.
  • Photo 2 of Francis Jeremiah Ryan– Sergeant Frank Ryan, Bren Gunner.
  • Wedding Party– Wedding Party left to right: Tad Val Briltz from The Pas, Manitoba; Peggy O'Reilly, sister of the bride; Tom Ryan, brother of the groom;
The bride: Sara Patricia O'Reilly; and The groom: Sergeant Frank Ryan
  • In training– Sergeant Frank Ryan - Training
  • Royal Winnipeg Rifles on parade.
  • Gravemarker– Sergeant Frank Ryan's grave at Flin Flon, Manitoba.
  • Frank Ryan hunting– Frank Ryan hunting in Northern Manitoba before the war.
  • Bren Gun carrier– Sergeant Frank Ryan and Bren Gun carrier
  • Barracks– Sergeant Frank Ryan on steps of barracks.
  • Sergeant Frank Ryan and comrades– Sergeant Frank Ryan, flanked by two unknown members of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles.
  • Frank Ryan in RWR Vehicle– Sergeant Frank Ryan in RWR Vehicle
  • Bren Gun Carrier– Sgt. Ryan using a Bren Gun Carrier to clear a field.
  • Sgt. Ryan with a Bren Gun
  • Frank and brother Tom– Sgt. Frank Ryan, with his brother Rifleman Tom Ryan who served as a Dispatch Rider with the Regina Rifles.  Photo taken somewhere in England
  • Royal Winnipeg Rifles barracks– Royal Winnipeg Rifles barracks, somewhere in England
  • Christmas Card– Cover of Christmas Card from England, December 1941
  • Inside of Christmas Card– Inside of Christmas Card from England, December 1941
  • Newspaper Article– Newspaper Article - Awarding of the Military Medal posthumously to Sgt. Frank Ryan, for bravery during the taking of Appingdam Hollland on April 23, 1945.  Hostilities in the area ended on 28 April 1945.
  • Newspaper Article - Funeral– Newspaper Article - Reporting the funeral for Sgt. Frank Ryan at Flin Flon Manitoba.
  • Letter - 21 Feb 1942 - p.1 of 5– Letter to uncle and aunt in Saskatchewan.
  • Letter - 21 Feb 1942 - p.2 of 5– Letter to uncle and aunt in Saskatchewan
  • Letter - 21 Feb 1942 - p.3 of 5– Letter to uncle and aunt in Saskatchewan
  • Letter - 21 Feb 1942 - p.4 of 5– Letter to uncle and aunt in Saskatchewan
  • Letter - 21 Feb 1942 - p.5 of 5– Letter to uncle and aunt in Saskatchewan
  • Letter - 6 Aug 1943 - p.1 of 3– Letter to uncle and aunt in Saskatchewan
  • Letter - 6 Aug 1943 - p.2 of 3– Letter to uncle and aunt in Saskatchewan
  • Letter - 6 Aug 1943 - p.3 of 3– Letter to uncle and aunt in Saskatchewan
  • Letter - 26 June 1945 - p.1 of 6– Letter by Sergeant Ryan after he was wounded and returned to Canada, written for him by his sister to an aunt in Edmonton. He passed away on July 6, 1945.
  • Letter - 26 June 1945 - p.2 of 6
  • Letter - 26 June 1945 - p.3 of 6
  • Letter - 26 June 1945 - p.4 of 6
  • Letter - 26 June 1945 - p.5 of 6
  • Letter - 26 June 1945 - p.6 of 6
  • Reproduction of a letter to his mother– Reproduction of a letter to Sgt. Ryan's mother, requesting her concurrence in the naming of a map feature in his memory.
  • Map showing Ryan Island– Copy of the Map Feature named in memory of Sgt. Frank Ryan.
Map: Series A 701, Map 73 P/16, Edition 2 MCE, Surveys and Mapping Branch, Dept. of Energy, Mines and Resouces Ottawa.
Grid location: 104 degrees, 00 minutes, 55 seconds West, by 55 degrees, 45 minutes, 87 seconds North.
  • Frank with a colt– Frank Ryan with a colt in Saskatchewan
  • Frank Ryan - a boy in Saskatchewan
  • Fishing Photo– Tom and Frank Ryan fishing with their Uncle Mike sitting to the right.
  • Hunting Photo– Frank Ryan hunting with his uncles, Dan, Lee, Mike (MJ) and his dad Clare.
  • Attestation Paper– Frank Ryan's Attestaion Paper upon volunteering for military service with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, 6 July 1940.  He died 6 July 1945.
  • Book of Remembrance - Title Page
  • Book of Rememberance - Page 561– Sergeant Francis Ryan 1s commemorated on page 561 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance.  Every morning, at eleven o'clock, the pages of the Books of Remembrance are turned by a member of the House of Commons Protective Service Staff. A calendar was devised so that each page of each book is turned once a year.  This page will be open on November 24th.
  • Book of Remembrance - Letter to the family
  • 1939 - 1945 Star
  • Defence Medal
  • France German Star
  • War Medal
  • Canadian Volunteer Sevice Medal with Clasp
  • Military Medal (Awarded Posthumously)
  • Cap Badge of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles
  • Letter - 17 December 2003– Letter from the Manitoba government confirming the naming of Ryan Lake on 2 May 1957, in memory of Sgt. Frank Ryan.  Ryan Lake is west of Tadoule Lake (Map Reference: 64 J/10)
  • Commemorative Name Certificate– Province of Manitoba, Commemorative Name Certificate. Ryan Lake is located
at 58-34'-27" latitude, and 98-45'-33" longitude.
  • Anniversary Book– Royal Winnipeg Rifles Fiftienth Anniversary (1883-1933)Book.  Given by Frank Ryan to his Uncle Mike before going overseas.

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