A white index card containing name, rank and military history of a soldier of Waterloo County.
Byrle was born in Schomberg, York County, Ontario on the 16th of October 1892 to Harry and Mary Gibson. He had a brother, Ellsworth, born in 1896 and a sister, Irene, born in 1897. By 1911 the family was living in Elmira, Ontario and Byrle was working as a mail clerk in the railroad mail service.
He was drafted under the Military Service Act of 1917 and reported to the London Ontario Depot on the 1st of May, 1918. He was in the 1st Tank Battalion, which was part of the Canadian Machine Gun Corps. It was activated on 28 March 1918 and moved to England where it trained at Bovington Camp. The Armictice occurred just as the Battalion was getting ready to embark for the Continent. It was repatriated in 1919 and then dissolved.
Following the war, he moved to Toronto where he continued to work as a railroad mail clerk. He married 28-yearold Mary Ann Jackson of Greensville, Ontario (near Dundas) on the 25th of May 1920. At that time he listed his religion as Anglican. They had a son, James Robert, in 1921.
Their son, James, died in 1962 and was buried on 21 Sept of that year at Christ Church Anglican, Greensville, Flamborough, Ontario. Byrle died in 1963 and was buried 20 April of that year in the same location. His wife, Mary Ann, followed in 1969 and was buried with her husband and son on 13 Nov 1969. The church and cemetery is located at 92 Hwy 8, Dundas, Ontario.