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Dryden, John Cameron, Ste. Agathe, Manitoba, B.S.A. (1914). Medals/Honours: Military Medal (MM). Military Service: Lieutenant, Reg. No. 541727, 9th Field Co. 3rd Div. Engineers, Attestation Papers. Diary Reference: "Met Harry Hudson the other day. He and [J.C.] Dryden are over in the next field. They are attached to the 9th Field Engineers," 2:30 May 1916.
Additional Biographical Information:
Graduate, J. C. Dryden (Military Medal) 541727, 9th Field Co., 3rd Div. Engineers. University of Manitoba, Archives and Special Collections, Managra, v. XI, No. 1 (Nov 1917), 6.
Lance-Corp. J. C. Dryden. Word has been received in Winnipeg that Lance-Corp. J. C. Dryden is now studying for a commission at Bexhill-on-Sea, England. He left with the Canadian Engineers and has served for 20 months in the field. Lance-Corp. Dryden was awarded the Military Medal after the battle of Vimy Ridge, where he had charge of a working party of 200 men and succeeded in consolidating gains under heavy shell fire. He is well known in Winnipeg and comes of a well-known family in the St. Agathe district. As a student at the Manitoba Agricultural College he had a brilliant career and was one of those selected by the Department of Agriculture to lecture throughout the province in connection with the farmers’ courses. He changed his mind, however, and decided to serve his country in a harder and more dangerous field.
University of Manitoba, Archives and Special Collections, Managra, v. XI, No. 4, (Feb. 1918), 45.
Jack Dryden, ’14. Jack enlisted with the Engineers in 1915 and was soon in France. Promotion came rapidly and Jack was made a sergeant-major. Shortly after he won the military medal and was recommended for a commission. Crossing to England he completed his training and was soon back in France as a lieutenant. A short time after this he was wounded in the arm and invalided home.
University of Manitoba, Archives and Special Collections, Managra, v. XII, No. 2 (Feb. 1919), 28.
Dryden-Kemp. The marriage of Loretta, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. Kemp, of Winnipeg, to Lieut. Jack Dryden, M.M., of St. Agathe, took place June 30, at St. Andrews Church, Winnipeg. Lieut. Dryden] graduated with the ’14 class, while Mrs. Dryden spent a winter with the ’22 class.
University of Manitoba, Archives and Special Collections, Managra, v. XIII, No. 1 (Nov. 1919), 44.