Edward George Rathbun Rogers signature

Edward George Rathbun Rogers, a bank clerk, signed up in Kingston on this day in 1916. He was born in Deseronto on September 13th, 1894, the son of Frank J. Rogers (manager of the Bank of Montreal in Deseronto between 1893 and 1896) and Ann (née Read). His name was Edward George Fitzgerald Rogers when his birth was registered. Frank died in 1897 and Ann in 1908. Edward gave his next of kin as his eldest sister, Frances Aileen Rogers.

Rogers joined the 50th (Queen’s) Battery with the regimental number 318990. He was five feet eight and a half inches tall, with a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. He was discharged in October 1916 as medically unfit, but signed up again on February 28th, 1917, and this time was considered fit for overseas service. He joined the 72nd (Queen’s) Battery. His service record shows that he arrived in England on April 7th, 1917 on the SS Missinabie and arrived in France on August 24th to serve with the 1st Canadian Divisional Ammunition Column. He was treated in hospital in March 1918 for gonorrhea and in March 1919 for tonsillitis.

Edward returned to Canada on the SS Regina on May 28th, 1919 and was demobilized in Kingston on May 31st. He married Edith Pearl Moffat in Toronto on September 22nd, 1924 and died in Huntsville on July 21st, 1969.