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He loyally and willingly answered the roll
call for his King and country, and has gone to
join the Great Army of his Heavenly King.
QUEEN'S OWN RIFLES,
Alan Stanley Clark Rogers, Captain of C
Company in the 6th Battalion, East Yorkshire
Regiment, late Lieutenant in the Royal Sussex
Regiment, Rawal Pindi, India, and the 61st
King George's Own Pioneers, Bangalore,
Mysore, India, and ex-member of the Queen's
Own Rifles, Toronto, Ontario; an old boy
of Trinity College School, Port Hope, and
a graduate of Royal Military College, King-
ston, Ontario ; only son of Edwin R. Rogers,
1 02 Wells Hill Avenue, Inspector of Prisons
and Public Charities, Parliament Buildings,
Toronto, Ontario ; born at Calgary, Alberta,
November 23rd, 1888, and killed in the
Dardanelles on the afternoon of Sunday,
August 8th, 1915.
*' He gave his life for his friends."
August 22nd, 1915
102 Wells Hill Ave.,
Deeply regret to have to inform you that
your son, Lieutenant A. S. C. Rogers,
Sixty- First Pioneers, attached Sixth East
Yorkshire Regiment, officially reported Irom
Dardanelles killed in action between seventh
and eleventh August. Mr. Secretary
Chamberlain desires to express sincere sym-
pathy with you in loss of this gallant officer.
August 24 tk 1 915
E. R. Rogers.
102 Wells Hill Ave.,
The King and Queen deeply regret the
loss you and the Army have sustained by the
death of your son in the service of his
country. Their Majesties truly sympathize
with you in your sorrow.
The Keeper of the
THE late Captain Alan S. C. Rogers was bom
in the City of Calgary, in the Province of
Alberta, in November, 1888, and resided in that
city for ten years, where he spent many happy, early
boyhood days attending the public schools there. He
moved with the family to West Toronto in the year
1898 and later passed his public school examination
for entrance into the High School, and was a member
of the Cadet Corps which was being formed at that
time. During his attendance at the High School he
was seriously injured while kicking a football, and was
confined to his home and the General Hospital for a
year and a half.
He attended St. John's Anglican Church in West
Toronto, and was confirmed in that church in 1905.
His Rector (at that time) says : *' No announcement of
our losses has come quite so keenly to me as Alan*s
death. He was the finest specimen of young man-
hood in body and in mind that 1 have known. I got
acquainted with him in his confirmation days and my first
impression was never changed. What a noble fellow
and what a noble death ! What a blessed memory in
life and in death ! " His Sunday-school teacher writes :
" Alan died the noblest death a young man of promise
could die, for the cause of righteousness, peace, justice
and freedom in the greatest crisis of the British
Empire's history. It was a proud day for me when
Alan was confirmed and a prouder day when he took a
class in the Sunday school."
He enlisted in the Queen's Own Rifles in the
Company of Captain (now Brigadier-General) Mercer,
and in the summer of 1905, instead of taking his usual
vacation, he attended a class at Stanley Barracks and
passed his examinations for a Sergeant's certificate,
v/hich he received.
In the fall of 1905 he vyrent to Trinity College
School, Port Hope, and remained there until 1907.
Rev. Dr. Rigby, who was then the Head Master at
the School, writes, ** I have none but the happiest
recollections of Alan Rogers at School. He was one
of the steadiest of workers and took full part in all the
activities of the School. He was a member of the foot-
ball team, Captain of the Cadet Corps, and won the
Ross rifle for being the best shot. He was also a
member of the choir and a regular communicant at the
altar. He was made a prefect, for which his uniform
good conduct, his reliability and excellent moral influ-
ence specially fitted him. He was very popular with
his schoolmates, being noted for his unruffled good
temper, and he was particularly kind and protective to
the younger boys. We Masters, too, all valued and
trusted him, and he passed out of the School with an
unblemished record, carrying with him the affection and
respect of us all. There was no boy at the School in
my time for whom I had a higher regard. His old
School honours his memory and mourns his loss."
In the summer of 1907 Captain Rogers passed the
entrance examinations for the Royal Military College
at Kingston, and went to that place in the fall of 1907,
and remained there until the end of the summer term
in 1910. During his residence at the College he was
very prominent in all sports in connection with that
institution, winning many prizes, and before he gradu-
ated he won the championship cross-country run in the
best time that was ever made, and also won the heavy-
weight boxing championship of the College. He stood
six feet four and one-half inches in height, and was
familiarly called " Shorty *' by his many intimate friends.
A former Commandant writes : " Your son was
one of the very best cadets I ever had under me.
Quite apart from all his physical advantages, he was a
man. I always thought that he was a very strong
character, with lots of thoughtful purpose in him, and
one who was bound to gain the respect and esteem
of anyone who got to know him well."
A valued friend at Kingston writes : " Alan's
death came to all in our home as a great shock. We
knew him so well, and his sterling young manhood, his
many noble, generous and endearing qualities brought
him very near to the hearts of all. We mourn the loss
of a brave soldier, a gallant knight, who went forth
cheerfully at his country's call and who went down to a
glorious death on fields immortalized through the ages
for deeds of valour and heroism. All at the Royal
Military College who knew Alan loved him dearly and
are proud of his bravery and of the honour he has
brought to his Alma Mater."
At the end of his term at the Royal Military Col-
lege he was awarded a Lieutenancy in the Imperial
Service, and chose India, on account of the hard work
and experience that he would receive in his vocation as
a soldier. Before leaving for England he was made a
member of Victoria Lodge, A. F. and A. M., No.
474, G.R.C., West Toronto, His lodge forwarded
a resolution expressing their most sincere sympathy to
the relatives and friends of the late Brother Captain
Alan S. C. Rogers in their bereavement.
He was notified during the early fall to report at
the War Office in London, England, and proceeded
there in October of 1910. He was attached to the
First Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment in India,
and after obtaining his outfit in England proceeded
there about the middle of November, and his boat
arrived in the harbour at India in the early part of
December. On landing from the steamer on the
following morning Captain Rogers was met by Lieu-
tenant Guy Hutton (son of Principal Hutton of the
University of Toronto) whom he followed in the Royal
Sussex Regiment and who had preceded him by a year
from the Royal Military College at Kingston and was
attached to the 22nd Cavalry, Frontier Force. The
kindly welcome and warm handclasp of a genuine friend
in a foreign land was greatly appreciated.
Captain Rogers immediately joined his Regiment
at Rawal Pindi ; the Regiment is a British Infantry
one which served with great honour and distinction in
the South African War and is composed of a splendid
body of officers and men. He remained there for a
year, and was then transferred in the early part of
December, 1911, to the 61st King Ceorge*s Own
Pioneers, which is a native Infantry Regiment with
British and Indian Officers, at Bangalore, Mysore.
He was particularly fortunate in arriving at Delhi in the
very early morning of the day on which Their Majes-
ties the King and Queen of England were to take the
most prominent part in the Durbar. It was his privilege
to be placed in a favourable position to see all the
prominent proceedings of the day. On the evening of
that day a dinner was held in Delhi at which about
thirty-five graduates of the Royal Military College
at Kingston attended. During his stay in India, in
addition to the above named places, Captain Rogers
was also stationed at Lahore, Umballa, Hyderabad,
Trichinopoly and Secunderabad.
During his residence at Bangalore, Mysore, India,
he was greatly interested and took part in many of the
sports connected with his Regiment and was awarded,
in very keen competition, the cup for being the best
Dismounted British Officer at Arms in the Army in
India. He received many congratulations, locally, for
his brilliant achievements in the numerous events in
which he had competed.
He remained in India until April, 1914, when he
was granted one year's furlough sooner than he had
expected. He left India and went to Ceylon, then to
Australia, where he was visiting when war was pro-
claimed. He immediately got into communication with
his official office in London, England, and sailed for
New Zealand, and from there to Vancouver and thence
to Toronto, stopping at Calgary and Winnipeg on the
way and arriving at home on October 1st last year.
A friend from Australia writes : ** He was one of
the finest real men I have ever met. It would do you
good to hear the people here who met him speak
of him. Everyone loved him, I do not see how they
could help it."
A friend from India writes: '* We were so fond of
Captain Rogers and he was a very good, true and
faithful friend to us all. I knew him well during the
whole oi the three years we were in India and he was,
I consider, one of the finest young men I ever knew.
Everyone hked him and he was very popular and in
great demand in the station ; not only that, but he was
respected by everyone and I never heard him say an
unkind word about anyone."
After arriving at home he felt that the call to
duty was his first consideration. After a week's stay he
left Toronto on October 8th, visiting friends at Kingston
and Montreal on the way, and arrived in England
shortly after the middle of the month. He was finally
attached to the Sixth Battalion of the East Yorkshire
Regiment, and did excellent work in the training of
officers and men in trench warfare. So well was this
work done that he was congratulated by his Com-
mander and appointed a Captain before he left the Old
Country, and the Regiment to which he was appointed
were made Pioneers for their good work. He sailed
with his regiment from England at the end of June and
landed in the Dardanelles on the 1 5th of July. The
Country was described by one of his own men as " no
His Battalion had captured a Hill on Sunday
morning, August 8th, and he went up in the afternoon
with a patrol and was shot through the head by a
sniper. After the second action on August 2 1st,
there were only 4 officers left of the 36 and about 250
men of the 980 that sailed from England. One of the
Officers writes : " We lost a good comrade and the
Nation lost one of the finest and keenest officers when
we lost your son, and he will be hard to replace in our
Battalion." Another Officer says : *' The loss of
Captain Rogers, the first officer casualty in the Battalion,
naturally cast a gloom over matters, as everybody had
had much reliance on him. I would ask you to accept
our sympathy in your loss, which was also most particu-
larly a loss to our Regiment and the Army." His
Sergeant, who was with him at the time of his death,
says : ** He was a fine Officer and we all relied on
him to show us the way to great things. Hoping you
will accept mine and all the men of his Company's
deep sympathy in your and our loss."
'Vhe Parish Magazine of the Church of St.
Michael's and All Angels, where the family attends
service, says : "At the service on August 29th the
hymn, * For all the Saints who from their labours rest '
was sung as a fitting memorial hymn for this gallant
soldier who truly has given his young and promising
life for his friends. Captain Rogers was a manly man
and a fine soldier. All who knew him bore testimony
to the very high esteem in which he was held. His
men in India idolized him and the splendid tradi-
tions of the family to which he belonged found
one who cherished them dearly. To soften the grief
for an only son his family can well cherish the memory of
a gallant soldier who was true to the highest standard
of manhood, duty and faithful service."
A Brigadier-General at the Front, in the trenches
of France, writes : "I trust that my poor words will con-
vey as far as they can my great sorrow at the loss of a
splendid comrade, as well as express for you all my
most sincere sympathy in your great bereavement.
Like many of my own Brigade Alan counted duty
more than life and made every sacrifice with cheerful-
ness. The sad reality of war has come home to you
in a terribly grievous way. Alan made the great
sacrifice cheerfully for humanity, honour, right dealing
between nations and individuals, as well as for the
liberty and freedom of the Empire. In Alan's death I
feel a deep personal loss. He was a splendid fellow
and a fine soldier. Do not think that your sacrifice is
in vain, for * The Hand that bringeth sorrow is still the
Hand of Love.* "
A kind friend writes : ** Let me send to you our
deepest sympathy. The days of our years slip away
like shadows, but I am proud to know you as the father
of the son who sleeps so softly by the Dardanelles,
duty all done and so bravely done. I live and work
amongst broken men, wrecks and driftwood. My
heart seems to tell me that here and now and hereafter
some tender glow of the ever-growing Divine tender-
ness shall be the part of the family who placed their
all on the altar. I pray that the Comfort of God may
rest on you and yours, even as He has given His
angels charge over the slumber of your son."
Captain Rogers came from a long line of soldiers
who had fought for the defence of Canada through
centuries past. When he attended the Tercentenary
at Quebec as a Cadet from the Royal Military College,
he was one of the very few soldiers attending that event
whose ancestors had taken part in the defence of that
ancient city, and the old powder horn which was made
to replace the one which was shot away from the side
of his forefather still remains a relic of ancient times.
Captain Rogers was a great - grandnephew of
Colonel Robert Rogers, who came to Canada as a
Military Ruler after the conquest by Wolfe in 1 759.
That hero was the cause of the name of Rogers* Slide
at Lake George, and the place still retains the name on
account of the incident which occurred. Rogers was
chased by the Indians and came to a steep precipice
and, finding that he could not proceed farther, threw
his knapsack over the precipice to mislead the Indians
and walked back on reversed snowshoes until he came
to a spot where he could get away. The Indians
followed his track to the top of the precipice and,
suddenly seeing him speeding across the ice below,
they imagined that he had been assisted by the Great
Spirit to get down the precipice and they feared to
pursue him on that account.
The grandfather of Captain Rogers, in the
rebellion of 1837, recruited a company from the
Peterborough district and marched to Toronto and took
boat there to Niagara Falls. He was the last man on
board the steamer Caroline when she was released and
sent over the Falls by the British and Canadian soldiers.
Again, in the Rebellion of 1866, he, with his son
and other relations, responded to the call at that time
and was Colonel of the 57th Battalion. In the North-
West in 1885, his uncle Alfred took part — with the
Battalion from Peterborough, Port Hope and Lindsay
— in the suppression of the Riel Rebellion, and still
resides in Calgary.
Captain Rogers' uncle, James Z., enlisted at the
formation of the Battalion in 1867 and was Colonel of
the 57th Regiment at Peterborough for some sixteen
years, and his father's cousins, Robert Z., of Grafton,
Ontario, was Colonel of the 40th Regiment with
headquarters at Cobourg, and Henry C, of Peter-
borough, was Colonel of the Third The Prince of
Wales Canadian Dragoons for many years — all three
receiving the Fenian Raid Medal of 1 866 and the
General Service Medal. His other uncles and
relatives also served in the 57th and other Battalions.
His father served in the 57th Battalion, was a member
of the Queen's Own Rifles, an officer in the 90th
Rifles at Winnipeg, Manitoba, and a member of the
Home Guard at Calgary in 1885. At the present
time he has a cousin on the staff of Sir John French in
France, another cousin as Colonel of one of the
Battalions in the trenches at the Front, another cousin who
did brave work on the machine gun section and is now
a prisoner of war at Geissen, Germany ; another who
is in command of the Military Force near Simla, India ;
another an officer in the Transportation Force at Shorn-
cliffe in England ; another an officer at Bramshott
Camp, England ; another an officer who has just sailed
for England with the Engineers, and another a doctor
attached to the Forces in England.
Captain Rogers was of a lovable nature, and
chose for himself the profession he liked best. He
was a noble son, a brave and fearless officer, and, while
many regrets have been expressed at his loss, it is felt
that he died in a manner that he would have chosen-
fighting for his country and the protection of the
" And how can man die better than facing fearful odds
For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his gods ? "
g o a]
There was no sacrifice on his part — just the loss of
a loving and loyal son of this great Dominion of
Canada who gave his life willingly for his King and
country and who in Canada, India, Australia, England
and the Dardanelles did his part in cementing together
this great Empire.
The hundreds of kind letters of sympathy that
have been received by the family from Calgary,
Winnipeg, Toronto, Kingston, Hamilton, Peter-
borough, London, and many places show that the
memory of the life work of Alan Rogers amongst the
people wherever he lived is buried deep in the hearts
of friends who loved him for his own splendid worth
and genial disposition. One friend writes : " He had
all the things one loves most in a man — strength,
simplicity and courage.'*
He leaves to mourn his loss Mr. and Mrs. Rogers
and two sisters — Bessie and Rita — his grandmother,
Mrs. Thomas Clark, of Winnipeg, and many other
relatives, besides a multitude of loving friends.
" To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die."
He's just gone away.
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand
He has wandered into some unknown land.
And left us dreaming how very fair
it needs must be since he lingers there.
Alan ^tmh^ Ollark Ungrra
Calgary, Alberta 1888-1898
West Toronto, Onl. - - - - 1898-1905
Queen's Own Rifles,
Toronto, Ont. - - - - 1903-1905
Trinity College School,
Port Hope, Ont. - - - 1905-1907
Royal Military College,
Kingston, Ont. - - - - 1907-1910
Royal Sussex Regiment,
Rawal Pindi, India - - - 1910-1911
6 1 St King George's Own Pioneers,
Bangalore, India - - - 1911-1914
6th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment,
Surrey, England, - - - 1914-1915
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Somewhere in the Dardanelles he lies,
Our boy with the laughing and kind blue eyes ;
1 said " Good-bye," it seems but yesterday
He clasped my hand in his manly grip.
1 can see him now with his smiling lip
And his chin held high in the old proud way.
The very Salt ol our Canadian earth,
A boy full of promise and of great worth.
Tall and straight and true as the blade at his side ;
Instant to answer his country's call
He leaped to the fray to fight and fall,
And there, in his youth's full blood, he died.
Victor he is, though in his grave.
For all that he had to give, he willingly gave.
Nor may we weep for the might-have-been ;
For ihe quenchless flame of a heart aglow
Burns clear, that the soul yet blind may know
The vision splendid his eyes have seen.
Weep for the poor, worthless and wasted life
Of him who shrinks and shirks from the strife.
Shunning the path that the brave have trod ;
Weep not for the boy whose task is done.
Who strove with his face to the morning sun
And has gone with the angels up to his God.
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