4 3/4 Inches by 6 3/8 Inches
(12 cm x 16 cm)
D. A. Wesse & Co - Photographer
121 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Frank Eby - as identified on this photographs reverse side - was born on 10 August 1880 at Kingston, Ontario, Canada to Joel Erb Eby and Jane Hewton.
As early as 1897 Eby was serving as a private in the 14th Regiment, Princess of Wales´ Own Rifles and was still with the 14th when Canada entered the Anglo-Boer War. Seeking
service overseas, Eby transferred into the Royal Canadian Artillery as No. 48, gunner in "C" Battery on 29 December 1899.
One of three batteries ("C", "D" and "E") each armed with six breech loading Ordnance BL 12-pounder 6-cwt guns, "C" Battery arrived at Cape Town on the SS Columbian in March
1900. Making an extended forced march the battery took part in the relief of Mafeking and was mentioned in Colonel Baden-Powell's despatch to the Canadian government for their
"invaluable assistance". "C" Battery would see further action with Lieutenant-Colonel Herbert Plumer's column until June 1901 when it returned home to Canada. Eby had apparently
returned home prior to this since his service papers show him taking his discharge on 10 January 1901. Eby was presented with his Queen's South Africa Medal on 26 March 1902 along
with the four clasps for which he was entitled which included "Relief of Mafeking", "Orange Free State", "Transvaal" and "Rhodesia". His later World War One service papers state
that he suffered from bouts of both malaria and dysentery while in South Africa.
Frank's older brother, Daniel also served in the war with the 2nd (Special Service) Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment. Both men applied for their South African War land bounties in
Frank Eby would marry Annie McGuin at Kingston, Ontario on 5 January 1904 and the union would produce at least three children: Joel Conroy "Roy" Eby (1904 - 1999), Mary
Magdalene Eby (1908- 1995) and Tootsie Eby (b. 1911).
The Eby's had moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta sometime around 1904 prior to the birth of their first child and the family was still residing there when World War One broke out. Eby
attested as sergeant No. 552270 with the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 8 February 1915 at MacLeod, Alberta. Interestingly he stated that besides his service with 14th Regiment,
Princess of Wales´ Own Rifles prior to the Anglo-Boer War and his service in South Africa at some point he also served for one year as a sergeant with the Canadian Army Service
Corps. (The Canadian Contingent medal roll for the 1902 Edward VII Coronation Medal - dated 16 August 1902 - lists Private F. Eby of No. 3 Company, Army Service Corps as one of
those entitled to the Coronation Medal. This man may be our Frank Eby.)
Eby's service papers show that he was assigned to the 13th Canadian Mounted Rifles (8 February 1915 - June 1916) and later to Lord Strathcona's Horse once in England (June 1916 -
October 1917) and in France with Lord Strathcona's Horse (October 1917 - October 1918). He was invalided back to England with a goiter in October 1918 and remained hospitalized at
Epsom, Surrey until January 1919 when he returned to Canada for further treatment. He was discharged as unfit for further military duty on 12 June 1919 at Queen's Military Hospital,
Kingstown, Ontario. Standing 5 feet 9 inches tall, Eby's weight at the time of discharge was only 130 pounds. This was no doubt brought on by the same thyroid condition that caused his
Eby was appointed lance corporal on 30 March 1918 after Lance Corporal R. S. Whitford was killed in action. He was promoted corporal on 28 April 1918 and then appointed acting
sergeant with pay on 8 May 1918. His rank of sergeant was confirmed the following day. Although not mentioned in his service paper - the appropriate section being left blank - Frank
Eby should have been entitled to both the British War and Victory medals.
Frank Eby was apparently not his full name and his full name of William Franklin Eby appears for the first time withing the pages of his WWI service papers.
Eby returned to Alberta briefly after the war but took his family to the United States around 1920, entering the U.S. via Eastport, Idaho. The Eby's settled in San Bernardino, California
where one of his sisters was already residing. Here Frank found employment as a pumping engineer. In December 1928 his wife Annie passed away a the age of 48. Sometime after
1930 Eby remarried to Maude Geneva Savoie. Eventually most of his family including his brother Daniel, a fellow Anglo-Boer War veteran as well as his parents Joel and Jane would
relocate to San Bernardino, California. Additionally, after his arrival in the U.S. Eby began to go by his full name of William Franklin in official documents and correspondence. On 25
April, 1942 a 61 year old William Franklin Eby registered for the draft although at that age there was no real danger of this veteran of two wars being drafted into a third. His draft card
gives his weight as a hefty 195 pounds.
William Franklin "Frank" Eby passed away at his home in San Bernardino on 18 July 1953.