Sidney Stephen Ryan

Rifleman Sidney Stephen Ryan, B64309
Toronto, Ontario
The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada

Rifleman Ryan is sponsored by the City of Toronto

Sidney Stephen Ryan was born on 28 April 1917 in Toronto, Ontario. As a child he lived on Dundas Street West in Toronto with his mother Pearl Ryan and his sister Florence Ryan. His father’s name was William Ryan. Sidney spent three years in high school until he left at 17 years old to become an auto mechanic at Western Technical School. He graduated from Western Technical School and became an auto mechanic until 22 June 1940 when he enlisted in the Canadian army the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada regiment.

He spent the majority of his time in England, which was unfamiliar to him, but his parents had lived there before moving to Canada. Once in England, Sidney meets B.A Wayne and the two were arranged to be married on 7 December 1942 but the wedding was cancelled. On July 1943 he marries Priscilla Elsie Grant. Sidney and Priscilla have a son, William, named after Sidney’s father’s Christian name. Sidney was killed in action on 6 June 1944 at Bernieres-sur-Mer which was a part of the Juno beach landings.   This military action was known as Operation Overlord which was a planned 90 day campaign to fight the Germans from the beaches of Normandy inland to Paris.

After Sidney is killed in action, his widow Priscilla moved to Canada to raise her son.

On 22 June 1940 Sidney enlisted in Toronto. He was quickly transferred to Camp Borden just north of Toronto on 29 June 1940 to begin his basic training. He continued his training and was transferred to Newfoundland on 1 August 1940.  He arrived to Halifax on 19 July 1941 where he spends one day being shipped overseas, arriving in Gourock Scotland on the 29th. He took a course to become a driver and when he successfully completed the course he was granted 1st primary leave from 11-17 November 1941.  He was awarded a Good Conduct Badge on 2 July 1942.

Sidney Stephen Ryan was killed on 6 Juno beach on June 1944 alongside many members of the Queen’s Own Rifles.

Written by: A student at the Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par : Un élève de Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute, Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.

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