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Robert Gordon (Bob) Ronson
Pte. Robert Gordon (Bob) Ronson, younger son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Ronson, 120 Erie Avenue, lost his life at Verrieres, on the outskirts of Caen, France, on July 25, 1944, when his regiment, the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, encountered heavy opposition from the Germans. The attack was part of Field Marshal Montgomery's plan to destroy the German defenses which were blocking progress toward Falaise. In that memorable operation, in which many units took part, the only success achieved was at Verrieres when the R.H.L.I, captured the village and held it. Pte. Ronson was among the gallant Canadians who that day paid with their lives for the success of the attack. He now lies buried in that region. Born in Brantford on February 19, 1922, Robert attended King Edward School where he achieved a six years' record for perfect attendance and punctuality. As a boy he was interested in the Y.M.C.A., the Boy Scouts and the Boys' Band, of which he was a member for many years. He was also one of the constant young patrons of the Public Library. He was an adherent of Alexandra Presbyterian Church. He found employment first at the Standard Drug Store, then at the Moyer Printing Co., Limited, until he was ready to begin his apprenticeship as a printer at The Expositor. His progress and aptitude made him extremely keen, so much so that when overseas he was able to spend three months at his former work and he was perfectly happy as it was one of his best English experiences. Popular and highly regarded by his fellow employees, it was with real regret that they saw him leave their ranks on October 2, 1942, when he enlisted in the R.C.O.C. and began training in Hamilton. After some time at Camp Borden and Halifax, he sailed overseas on December 1, 1943.