|Date of Birth||December 1, 1888|
|Place of Birth||Drumbo, Ontario|
|Next of Kin||J. Ronald; father; Ayr, Ontario|
|Trade / Calling||Engineer|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Battalion||Machine Gun Sector|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Branch||Canadian Cavalry Brigade|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Enlisted|
|Address at Enlistment||Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians)|
|Date of Enlistment||April 6, 1917|
|Age at Enlistment||28|
|Theatre of Service||Europe|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||October 15, 1985|
|Age at Death||97|
Gordon Campbell Ronald was born on 1 December 1888 in Drumbo, Ontario. His parents were James Edwin Ronald and Christina Mcpherson. Siblings included: William Daniel (1886-1929), Jennette (1891-1951), Margaret Helen (1895-1925) and James Edwin (1897-1923). Gordon lived in the Blenheim area of Ontario with his family until some time after 1911 when he headed north and found work on the railroad.
On 6 April 1917 Gordon enlisted with the Lord Strathcona Horse in Winnipeg, Manitoba.The next month he landed with his unit in England aboard the S.S. Olympic. On 27 November 1917 he was taken on strength by the Canadian Machine Gun Depot. He attended the Machine Gun training centre in Maresfield from 4 February, 1918 to 6 April 1918. Then he was posted to the Canadian Cavalry Brigade Machine Gun Sector. Gordon joined his unit in the field in France on 19 August 1918. He served there until returning to England on 16 April 1919. A month later Gordon was struck off strength to Canada. His official discharge due to demobilization came on 31 May 1919 in Toronto, Ontario. Gordon was listed as a returning soldier in the Kenora Miner & News on 8 August 1919.
The 1921 Canadian Census shows Gordon living in Nanaimo, BC working as a logger. Three years later while crossing the border into the United States, he listed his last permanent residence in Canada as Ladysmith, BC where he worked as a logger.
On 13 November 1924 Gordon married Mary Telfer Shiell back in his home district of Blenheim, Ontario. Daughter, Margaret Evelyn (b. 1928 in Westmont, Quebec) joined the couple. Gordon continued to farm in the Woodstock, Ontario area until his retirement in the mid 1960’s.
Gordon Campbell Ronald died on 15 October 1985 in Woodstock, Ontario.
His two brothers also served in WW1. William Daniel was working as a steam engineer in Merrit BC when he enlisted at New Westminster, BC. James Edwin was a baggageman on the railroad when he enlisted at Fergus.
All photos courtesy of Lori McCabe, Gordon’s great-granddaughter