Ribton, Reginald Heber: Service no. 53280 (Military Medal)


Digitized Service Record

Source: Earned the Military Medal for “Bravery in the Field” during the actions at the Somme September 1916.


This soldier enlisted with the 18th Battalion (reg. no. 53280) at Windsor, Ontario on October 26, 1914. He was a bank clerk working for The Merchants Bank of Canada. The 18th Battalion travelled to England, trained, and began active service in September 1915.

The then Private Ribton earned a Military Medal for “bravery in the field” during the Battalion’s assignment to the Somme in the fall of 1916. He was appointed the rank of Lance-Corporal on October 20, 1916.

Moving with the Battalion he was mortally wounded by German shell bursting in the billet he was staying in and died of wounds at No. 9 Canadian Field Ambulance on the same day.

Appendix to October 1916 War Diary outlining the soldiers who won decorations from Septembers 1916 action on the Somme Front.
Training during the morning. Postponed Church Parade held. About midday (12.40 pm) shell dropped by long range gun struck one of the huts in which H.Q. details and portion of D coy where billeted. 5 ors Killled. 4 ors died of wounds. 35 wounded.
“Died of Wounds” at No. 9 Canadian Field Ambulance.
Source: CVWM Roll of Honour – Lance Corporal Reginald Heber Ribton’s name was included on the Merchants Bank of Canada 1914 – 1918 Roll of Honour. He indicated on his military attestation that he was a clerk. Source: The Standard / Canada’s Aid to the Allies and Peace Memorial. Edited by Frederick Yorston. Published by the Montreal Standard Publishing Co., Ltd., Montreal. This large Souvenir Edition magazine included the Rolls of Honour for various prominent Canadian businesses.
Source: CVWM Inscription detail for R.H. Ribton.

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