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James Gordon Beatty, MC

James Gordon Beatty, MC

Male 1894 - 1990  (96 years)

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  • Name James Gordon Beatty 
    Suffix MC 
    Born 11 Feb 1894  Brampton, Peel Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1901  Brampton, Peel Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1911  Brampton, Peel Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Military Service 1917  Vimy Ridge, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1934  Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 161 Welland Ave.
    Died 25 Nov 1990  Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I863  Brydon family tree
    Last Modified 26 Nov 2016 

    Father William James Beatty,   b. 24 Feb 1862, Brampton, Peel Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1945, Brampton, Peel Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Annie Shearer McConachie,   b. 27 Feb 1863, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1952  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 24 Feb 1886  Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F269  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anna Florence Maclachlan,   b. Jun 1890, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1977  (Age ~ 86 years) 
    Married 28 Mar 1923  Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 15 Feb 2015 
    Family ID F295  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Feb 1894 - Brampton, Peel Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1901 - Brampton, Peel Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1911 - Brampton, Peel Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - 1917 - Vimy Ridge, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 Mar 1923 - Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1934 - Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Nov 1990 - Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Gord Beatty
    Gord Beatty
    at age 65
    photo from his book "The Beattys and the McConachies"
    Gord Beatty
    Gord Beatty
    Age 6, this would be 1900

    from his book "The Beattys and the McConachies"

    Histories
    Toronto
    Toronto
    The Canada Life Building. Gord Beatty worked here from 1919 unitl his retirement.
    Gord Beatty's medals
    Gord Beatty's medals

    The Brampton Invasion
    The Brampton Invasion
    by James Gordon Beatty

  • Notes 
    • He received a Military Cross for what he did at Passchendaele, November 6 1917.

      from http://alumni.utoronto.ca/s/731/index.aspx?sid=731&gid=9&pgid=822

      In 1910 he entered the University of Toronto, University College, to study Mathematics and Physics. He received both a BA(1914) and a MA(1915).

      In 1914 he accepted a teaching fellowship in mathematics.

      He enlisted in 1915 and joined the Canadian Army's 2nd Divisional Cyclists Corps as a Private and began training in army communications using push bikes.

      On May 15, 1915 his unit embarked for England, and shortly after, France. His duties included dispatch riding, trench guiding, and working parties of all kinds. He took part in the battle of the Somme. In mid 1916 he applied for a commission in the Artillery.

      He received his commission in spring of 1917 and was posted to the 5th Battalion Canadian Field Artillery in time to take part in the battle of Vimy Ridge. Later that year this Battery took part in the battle of Passchendaele, a different kind of battle, where he was assigned to a front line observation post. He was awarded the Military Cross for his part in that action.

      Nov.6, 1917 marked the first use of wireless sets with success during a Canadian attack. This may be what Gord was using in his forward observation post.

      He returned to Toronto, and in 1919 joined Canada Life Assurance Company as an actuarial student. He was with that company for the rest of his working life, seventy-one years, rising to Vice-President and Chief Actuary in 1949. On retirement, he was appointed a member of the Board and Vice-President. In 1969 he retired from the Board, and in 1978 became archivist of the Company.
      In 1986 Canada Life established a scholarship in Gordon Beatty's name for students in Mathematics at the University of Toronto.

      He bequeathed his medals to Hart House, which loaned them to the University of Toronto Alumni Association for display in the Memorial Room.

      He was assistant editor of "The Saga of the cyclists in the Great War, 1914-1918". -- Edited by W.D. Ellis. -- Toronto : Privately printed, 1965. -- 93 p.

      A tribute to him ...
      http://www.canadaveteranshallofvalour.com/BeattyJG.htm

      He received a Canadian Centennial Medal in 1967 for his work in the actuarial profession.
      He and Anna had no children.