Ralph Frank Greenard was born in Toronto, Ontario in December 1896. Greenard enlisted with the 103rd Battalion in Victoria, British Columbia in January 1916. His unit sailed for England in July 1916, and when in France he served in the 29th Battalion. He suffered a gun shot wound at Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917, and after hospital treatments in France and England he returned to Canada in October 1917. He was discharged as medically unfit due to the complications of the wound. It would appear that in the confusion of the attack he was hit by one of his own machine guns from behilnd. For that information see his Medical Board sheet in the collection which can be found in his CEF Service File. The collection currently consists of one letter written while in hospital in May1917 as well as the information from the Medical Board.