Eby, Alexander Ralph
He went with the 1st Contingent B.E.F. 2nd Infantry Brigade, 4th Company, 5th Battalion.
Miss Helen Eby, Eby St. Kitchener, is his sister.
He was killed in France, March 21, 1915 and was the first Waterloo County victim of the war on the fields of France.
Alexander Ralph Eby, of the Fifth Battalion, First Canadian Contingent, born in Berlin, Ontario, 1891, killed in action March 20th, 1915, descendant, in line of oldest sons in each generation, of Bishop Benjamin Eby, founder of Berlin and one of the first settlers in this locality.
Bishop Benjamin Eby's oldest son was Isaac Fby; Isaac Eby's oldest son was Menno Eby, who married a German, Elizabeth Becker.
Menno Eby's oldest son was Alexander Eby, who married an Engish-woman, Nellie Watson, and their oldest son was Alexander Ralph Eby, with whose death the line in direct descent of oldest sons from Bishop Bejamin Eby becomes extinct.
The early Mennonite settlers refused on religious principles to carry arms in war. In the war of 1812 a number of them took part as teamsters.