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Dr. Major John Henry Ratz

Dr. Major John Henry Ratz

Male 1869 - 1918  (48 years)

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  • Name John Henry Ratz 
    Prefix Dr. Major 
    Born 7 Sep 1869  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Gender Male 
    Religion 1871  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    E. Methodist 
    Occupation 1891  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Student 
    Religion 1891  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Methodist 
    Occupation 1901  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Medical Doctor 
    Club Membership 1903  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Elmira Musical Society 
    Elmira Musical Society 1903
    Elmira Musical Society 1903
    From Enterprising Elmira, An historical, descriptive, and illustrated book of the Village of Elmira, Waterloo County, published by George Klinck 1903
    Club Membership 1903  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Elmira Musical Society - director 
    Dr. John Henry Ratz
    Dr. John Henry Ratz
    From Enterprising Elmira, An historical, discriptive, and illustrated book of the Village of Elmira, Waterloo County, published by George Klinck 1903
    Interesting medical, misfortune, military 
    Military WW1  [8
    Military 1914  WW1 Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    WW1, Major, 29th Rifle Regiment 
    Military 1914  WW1 Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    WW1, Major, 34th Battalion / Pensions Board 
    Misfortune 1918 
    Killed in WW1 
    Occupation 1918  Ottawa, Carleton Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Medical Examiner Dominion Pensions Board 
    Residence Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Residence Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Residence Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Residence Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-25875 
    Died 11 Feb 1918  Ottawa, Carleton Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I25875  Generations
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2019 

    Father Reeve John Ratz,   b. 7 Dec 1833, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1889, Elmira Mennonite Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Mother Saloma Haist,   b. 29 Dec 1835, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1917  (Age 81 years) 
    Family ID F6743  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Caroline Ruth "Carrie" Bechtel,   b. 6 Jul 1874, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1961  (Age 86 years) 
    Children 
     1. Ella May Ratz,   b. 23 Jul 1898, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1954, Ventura, Ventura, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
    Last Modified 21 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F6748  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Sep 1869 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - E. Methodist - 1871 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Student - 1891 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Methodist - 1891 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Medical Doctor - 1901 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsClub Membership - Elmira Musical Society - 1903 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsClub Membership - Elmira Musical Society - director - 1903 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Medical Examiner Dominion Pensions Board - 1918 - Ottawa, Carleton Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Feb 1918 - Ottawa, Carleton Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Ratz, John Henry WW1 attestation papers pg 1.gif
    Ratz, John Henry WW1 attestation papers pg 1.gif
    Ratz, John Henry WW1 attestation papers pg 2.gif
    Ratz, John Henry WW1 attestation papers pg 2.gif
    Major John H. Ratz
    Major John H. Ratz

  • Notes 
    • Dr. [J. H.] Ratz is a native of Elmira, second youngest son of the late John Ratz, first reeve of the village. After leaving the public schools here, he attended Toronto University and received a degree of B. A. in 1892. He is a Graduate of both the Toronto and Trinity Medical Colleges. After receiving his diplomas he located in New Dundee, in the year 1895, where he enjoyed an extensive practice which he disposed of in 1901. Then he took a post graduate course at the New York Polyclinic, where he paid special attention to studies relating to the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat. On his return from New York, he located at Elmira, and is now enjoying a very successful and extensive practice.

      Enterprising Elmira Souvenir, An historical, descriptive, and illustrated Book of the Village of Elmira, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada, published by George Klinck, 1903.

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      John Henry Ratz 7 Sep 1869-Feb. 11,1918 Major, Canadian Army Medical Corps

      Son of the late John Ratz; b. Elmira; ed. Elmira, p. s., Galt C. I.: University College 1888-1892, B. A.; Medicine 1892-95, M. D., C. M. Trinity; Practising at New Dundee, Elmira, Bonner's Ferry, Idaho and Preston; 29th Regt. Major; md. Carrie Ruth Bechtel.

      He was appointed to the C. A. M. C. in January 1915 and went overseas as Medical Officer to the 34th Battalion in October. After service at Shorncliffe and West Sandling, and with the Pensions Board at Bath, he returned to Canada in September 1916 and was appointed Assistant Medical Adviser to the Pensions Board at Ottawa. He died at Ottawa after a long illness on Ferbruary 11th, 1918, and was buried at Elmira.

      University of Toronto / Roll of Service 1914-1918

      ____________________

      MAJOR J. H. RATZ, C.A.M.C.

      MAJOR RATZ, whose death occurred at Ottawa on February 11th, was assistant medical advisor to the Pensions Board; he was in the forty-ninth year of his age and had been ill for about six months. Major Ratz was born at Elmira, Ontario, in 1869. After attending the Galt High School he entered the University of Toronto, where he received the degree of B.A. in 1892, and his medical degree three years later. He practised in New Dundee, Elmira, and Trenton, and in January, 1915, gave up his practice to join the Canadian Army Medical Corps. He was appointed medical officer of the 34th Infantry Battalion with which he served for a year. He was then appointed to duty at Shorncliffe and West Sandling, and subsequently served on the Canadian Pension Board at Bath, England. On his return to Canada he was attached to the Pension Board at Ottawa as assistant medical advisor.3a

      3aThe Canadian Medical Journal 1918 March; 8(3): 260'96263.

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      JOHN RATZ (continued)

      His former place of residence for burial. No flowers.

      The late Dr. J. H. Ratz was a native of Elmira, the second youngest son of Mr. John Ratz, first Reeve of the Village. After leaving here he attended the University of Toronto and received the degree of B.A. in 1892. After receiving his diploma, he located in New Dundee, in the year 1895, where he enjoyed an extensive practice, which he disposed of in 1901. Then he took a post-graduate course at the New York Polyclinic where he paid special attention to studies relating to diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat. On his return from New York, he located in Elmira, where he enjoyed an extensive and successful practice.

      He was known as a genial, whole-souled, liberal gentleman, always ready to help his fellow men and will long be remembered by the many friends and patients who survive him.

  • Sources 
    1. [S130] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1881, Div 2 Page 42 Family 194.

    2. [S161] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1901, Elmira (Village) B. Page 6.

    3. [S98] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - Elmira Union CC#4578 Internet Link.
      Major/ John Henry Ratz/ C.A.M.C. C.E.F./11th Feb. 1918

    4. [S161] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1901, Elmira (Village) B Page 6.

    5. [S130] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1881, Div. 2 Page 42.

    6. [S144] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1871, Div. 2, Pg. 62.

    7. [S2057] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1891, Pg. 41.

    8. [S157] Military - Canada - World War I - Attestation papers.
      RATZ, JOHN HENRY Rank: MAJ Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 8107 - 24 Date of Birth: 07/09/1869

    9. [S157] Military - Canada - World War I - Attestation papers.

    10. [S2231] Military - Kitchener Public Library - Soldier Information Card Collection - World War One.

    11. [S77] News - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - Elmira Signet (1893-1982), Mr. D. D. Ratz, Manager of Royal Bank, Drops Dead - 18 Jan 1917.