This photograph, taken on May 23, 1907, showcases a funeral procession passing by the Dundas, Ontario, home of Dr. James Ross, Surgeon Lieutenant of the 77th Regiment and Signal Corps. Ross had died two days earlier at the age of fifty-three.
People from the town lined the streets to mourn Ross's death. The doctor, an award-winning graduate of McGill University, was well-known and well-liked in the community. He built up a large medical practice in Dundas, was an active member of the 77th Regiment, served on the board of education, and was the president of the local curling club. He was also a competitive sharpshooter. The Dundas Star noted that "on account of his demise the program of sports which was arranged for Victoria Day has been indefinitely postponed."
Ross was buried with military honours. The process was forty-five minutes late getting started due to a delay in obtaining from the Hamilton Field Battery the horse-drawn gun carriage that bore his remains from his residences to the cemetery. This photo is one of the few known to exist that show the 77th Regiment and Signal Corps in full military dress. The regiment disbanded prior to the First World War.
Valerie Kramer of Dundas, Ontario, found this photo while cleanning out her grandmother's attic in 1988. Text by Ryan Kessler.