Percy Carruthers Band fonds RG 562
Percy Carruthers Band was born on 27 November 1892 in Toronto, Ontario to
Charles Walter Band, a grain merchant and Jessie Camp Shaw Band. He graduated
from Upper Canada College and became a broker. He worked at the Dominion
Bank and then at Maple Leaf Milling Company. He was stationed at Port Colborne
for a while. Before leaving for the front, he was with Bankers Bond Company of
Toronto and is also listed as working with the firm of Bailey, Wood and Cross.
Lieutenant Band received a Certificate of Military Qualifications on Dec. 24th,
1914. He received his Certificate of Military Instruction on Nov. 30, 1915. He
received these certificates while with the 48th Regiment (Highlanders). He
enlisted in 1914 and went overseas in August of 1915 as an officer in the 35th
Battalion. By August 26, 1915, he is listed as being with the 23rd Reserve
Battalion. A year later, in August of 1916 Lieutenant Band arrived in France and
was posted to the 2nd Battalion – “The Second Iron”.
In 1916, Band was the victim of shell shock received during a charge. He was
wounded in April 1917 at Vimy Ridge yet he remained on duty. At this time he
received a gunshot wound to his right jaw. He earned a promotion to Captain
0n September 16th, 1917. He was wounded again in November 1917 at
Passchendaele where he suffered a gunshot wound to the ear.
For his courage and determination Percy Band received the Military Cross on
February 18, 1918. He led his company under difficult circumstances even though
he was wounded. He was awarded a bar to the Military Cross for gallantry during
a successful attack on two villages on December 2nd, 1918. During this attack he
led his company against enemy machine guns. It is said that he displayed
exceptional leadership qualities and skill during this time. On August 30 in 1918,
he made a daring reconnaissance to the front under heavy fire in an attack on
Upton Wood. He was also commended on his gallantry during attacks on
Cagnicourt and the Canal du Nord in September 1918. He was awarded the
second bar to the Military Cross on February 1, 1919. The award of the Croix de
Guerre was conferred on Captain Percy Carruthers Band by the President of the
French Republic on December 15th, 1918 for distinguished service rendered
during the course of the campaign. His general demobilization took place on April
Percy Band married Margaret Julia Woodruff on November 25, 1919, and they
had three children: Charles Woodruff Band (1921), Margaret Elizabeth Band
(1924) and Robert DeVeaux Woodruff Band (1927). After the war, Mr. Band was
a manager at Geo. Weston Bread and Cakes Limited, St. Catharines. Percy Band
was also an avid collector. His collections included antique toys and art.
He died suddenly on May 19, 1961. The Toronto Telegram published this about
him: “Captain Percy Carruthers Band, M.C. with two Bars, Croix de Guerre with
Palm – was an officer whose buoyant spirit and gallantry mirrored the vibrant
soul of the Battalion. Blythe of heart, yet endowed with a fine sense of
responsibility, he gave inspired leadership of No. 3 Company.”
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Presentation of Colours, St. Paul's Church1921A service was held at St. Paul’s Church in Bowmanville, Ontario for the Receiving and Depositing the Colours of the 2nd Canadian Battalion, East Ontario Regiment, Canadian Expeditionary Force. The colours were the gift of Mr. Charles Band. Included in this file are: the program for the event (2 copies), the speech that was given by Colonel L.T. McLaughlin, a brief history of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Battalion, a letter to Charles Band from Col. McLaughlin thanking him for presenting the colours to the battalion.
Margaret Woodruff Band’s Gold Wedding Ring and Locket1919-11-25Margaret Woodruff Band’s gold wedding ring engraved with M.J. W. P.C.B. Nov. 25/19. This is inside a sterling silver locket which is engraved with M.J.W. Inside the locket there is also a lock of hair, 1919.
Framed family coat of armsn.d.Framed family coat of arms – The side with the eagles and a chevron containing 3 cinquefoils represents the Irish Shaw clan [Thomas Shaw – father of Jessie Shaw Band was from Wexford, Ireland]. The other side which has ermine spots between 3 crosses patty fitchy seems to be an armorial crest. The motto associated with this shield is Honor Post Funera Vivit [Honour triumphs over death]. Blue stands for truth and loyalty. The lion’s paw on the crest is holding a cross patty fitchy, n.d.
Mahogany walking cane with staghorn handlen.d.Mahogany walking cane with staghorn handle. The cane is 85 cm. long and has a gold metal collar and gold metal ferrule at the tip of the handle. The bottom of the cane has a steel ferrule. Within the staghorn handle, the letters WKC are inlaid with silver. This cane belonged to William Knapp Cleveland. The inlaid C is missing and the back of the staghorn handle is chipped, n.d.
Margaret Woodruff’s Needle Book for Sewingn.d.Margaret Woodruff’s needle book for sewing. This is a miniature needle book complete with needles, pins and scissors. It is an 8 cm. x 7 cm. cloth covered booklet with a tiny flowers pinned to the front cover. Margaret Woodruff is written inside the back cover, n.d.
War Medalsca 1914A frame containing: The Military Cross and 2 bars (lower left hand side), the 1914-1915 star (2nd from left), British War Medal (3rd from left), Victory Medal (4th from left) and the French Croix de Guerre with Palm (right hand side). Smaller versions of these medals are below. There are 4 2nd Battalion East Ontario buttons of 2 varying sizes. The band at the top is made up of all the different ribbons from the awards sewn together. The 2 flowers at the end represent the 2 bars and the palm is the same as the Croix de Guerre Palm, n.d.
Two 2nd Battalion badges (cap badge and collar badge) and 6 uniform buttons1914Two 2nd Battalion badges (cap badge and collar badge) and 6 uniform buttons (2 small, 2 medium and 2 large). The badges are inscribed with “2 Battalion Semper Paratus” [always ready]. The buttons are engraved with “East Ontario Regiment”. These items are enclosed in a frame. The backing within the frame has some staining n.d.
World War I Trench Helmet which belonged to Percy Carruthers Band1914A World War I trench helmet which belonged to Percy Carruthers Band during his time in the 2nd Canadian Infantry Battalion. The helmet has the Battalion colours emblazoned on it. It has a few slight chips in it, but is in very good condition. The leather straps are partially attached to the inside, n.d.
14 K. Gold Cigarette Case1919-11-2514 K. gold cigarette case which was a gift to Percy from Margaret. It is engraved M.J.W. to P.C.B. Nov. 25 – 1919 on the inside and the initials P.C.B. are on the outside, [this is inside a suede pouch, 1919.
Certificate from Bellevue Hospital for W.K. Cleveland1862-03-03A certificate from Bellevue Hospital in New York City to "certify that W.K. Cleveland, M.D., has attended the practice of the medical and surgical ward of Bellevue Hospital for the term of two years."
College of Physicians and Surgeons Certificate - W.K. ClevelandCertificate from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario that William Knapp Cleveland "has complied with the requirements of the Ontario Medical Act" and is duly registered as a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Ontario, 23 August 1873.
Letter to Charles W. Band from the members of the Flour and Grain Section of the Board of Trade of the City of Toronto1914Letter to Charles W. Band from the members of the Flour and Grain Section of the Board of Trade of the City of Toronto regarding the closure of Messrs. James Carruthers and Company Ltd. office in Toronto necessitating Mr. Band’s move to New York. The letter is done in calligraphy and signed by numerous people including Mr. Hogg, Chairman and Mr. Tolchard, secretary, 1914.
Appointment to Percy Carruther [Carruthers] Band to be an officer in the Land Forces in the rank of Lieutenant1915-08-17Appointment to Percy Carruther [Carruthers] Band to be an officer in the Land Forces in the rank of Lieutenant, Aug. 17, 1915.
Appointment of Percy Carruthers Band to be an Officer in the Active Militia of the Dominion of Canada1914-12-24Appointment of Percy Carruthers Band to be an Officer in the Active Militia of the Dominion of Canada, signed by the Minister of Militia and Defense, Dec. 24, 1914.
Passport for John Band (a miller) of Thorold1865-02-28A passport page certifying that John Band (a miller) of Thorold is a British subject living in Canada. This page is for a journey to the United States. The page was signed by John Band; Charles Stanley Monck, 4th Viscount Monck; the Governor General and William M. McDougall, Secretary of the Province of Canada, Feb. 28, 1865 [This document was part of the Robert Band Collection and was purchased from Gordon Russell in February of 2016. John Band is the paternal grandfather of Percy Carruthers Band], 1865.