Colonel J. H. Pedley, MC
Lieutenant Colonel James Henry Pedley attended St. Andrew's College from 1904 to 1909 where he was Head Boy in 1907-1909 and went up to the University of Toronto with first class honours in English and Classics.
After some experience as a reporter, he went overseas in the First World War as a Lieutenant with the 216th Battalion (Toronto Bantams) which he joined on June 6, 1916. In November 1918, he received the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry at Ameins with the 4th Battalion (see below) to which he had transferred November 23, 1917. He was wounded on August 9, 1918.
Returning to Canada he was called to the bar in 1919 and practised law until 1927. In that year he published a book "Only This", a record of the war. From 1925 to 1928 he was in command of the Halton Rifles. In 1926 he was president of the Laymen's Association of the Toronto Conference of the United Church. Pedlar was at one time a frequent contributor to newspapers and periodicals. In 1935 he married Miss Grace Evelyn Coates of Toronto and had a daughter Diana Sharloch Pedley and a son James William Pedley.
He died December 26, 1945 at his home at Humber Bay.
[Reference: Mid-Summer 1946 SAC Review pp.117-8]
“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When the left company was held up, he brought up two platoons by sectional rushes to their assistance. Thanks to his promptness the left company was able to continue its advance. Throughout the two days fighting he displayed remarkable coolness, and was always with his platoon in the thickest of the fight.”