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Frederick Grant Banting

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PERSONAL INFORMATION

Date of birth: 1892-11-14
Place of birth: Alliston, Ontario, Canada
Next of kin: Mrs. W.J. Banting, Allister, Ontario
Marital status: single
Occupation (attested): Medical Student
Address: University of Toronto
Religion: Presbyterian
Date of death: 1941-02-21

MILITARY INFORMATION

Regimental number: NA
Rank detail
  1. Honorary Captain, No. 2 Canadian Field Ambulance, Canadian Army Medical Corps (Army).
  2. Honorary Captain, No. 13 Canadian Field Ambulance, Canadian Army Medical Corps (Army).
  3. Honorary Captain, M.D. No. 2, Canadian Army Medical Corps (Army).
  4. Honorary Lieutenant, No. 2 Canadian Field Ambulance, Canadian Army Medical Corps (Army).
Degree of service: Europe
Survived war: yes
Battle wounded/killed: 1918 wounded during Battle of Cambrai
Awards

Military Cross (Haynecourt, France)
Description: Near Haynecourt on September 28, 1918, when the medical officer of the 46th Canadian battalion was wounded, he immediately proceeded forward through intense shell fire to reach the battalion. Several of his men were wounded and he, neglecting his own safety, stopped to attend to them. While doing this he was wounded himself and was sent out notwithstanding his plea to be left at the front. His energy and pluck were of very high order.
Date of citation: 1919-07-30
Date of award: 1918-09-28
Source: London Gazette via Riddle & Mitchell.
Comment: Was serving with the 13th Field Ambulance.

RESEARCH INFORMATION

LAC ID: 23629
Attestation record(s): image 1, image 2
Service file: B0414-S041
Uploader's Notes: Frederick Grant Banting is best known for discovering Insulin to treat diabetes. Together with Charles Best, a student at the University of Toronto, they made the first successful treatment on January 23, 1922. He was awarded the 1923 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. His co-discoverers and he refused to seek a patent for it and sold the rights for the formuation for $1 to the University of Toronto. This ensured that insulin would be affordable to all (and likely cost them a potential fortune). He helped to develop the first G-suit to help pilots endure high speed flight. On February 21st,1941, bound for England as part of his WW2 duties, his plane crashed at Musgrave Harbour, Newfoundland killing all except the pilot. Frederick G Banting served 2 years with 36th Peel Battalion of Infantry of the Canadian Militia prior to September 1915. Fred Banting was born 14 November 1891 not in 1892 as was stated on this Attestation form plus he had poor eyesight which prevented his Military acceptance in 1914.Sir Frederick Grant Banting KBE MC FRS FRSC( 14 Nov 1891-21 Feb 1941) was a Canadian Medical Doctor Scientist Physician painter and Nobel Laureate noted as the Co discoverer of Insulin and its Therapeutic potential is buried in Toronto Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Section 29 Lot 29 not far from Dr Charles Best who is also buried in Section 29.
Uploader's Research notes: Frederick Grant Banting is best known for discovering Insulin to treat diabetes. Together with Charles Best, a student at the University of Toronto, they made the first successful treatment on January 23, 1922. He was awarded the 1923 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. His co-discoverers and he refused to seek a patent for it and sold the rights for the formuation for $1 to the University of Toronto. This ensured that insulin would be affordable to all (and likely cost them a potential fortune). He helped to develop the first G-suit to help pilots endure high speed flight. On February 21st,1941, bound for England as part of his WW2 duties, his plane crashed at Musgrave Harbour, Newfoundland killing all except the pilot. Frederick G Banting served 2 years with 36th Peel Battalion of Infantry of the Canadian Militia prior to September 1915. Fred Banting was born 14 November 1891 not in 1892 as was stated on this Attestation form plus he had poor eyesight which prevented his Military acceptance in 1914.Sir Frederick Grant Banting KBE MC FRS FRSC( 14 Nov 1891-21 Feb 1941) was a Canadian Medical Doctor Scientist Physician painter and Nobel Laureate noted as the Co discoverer of Insulin and its Therapeutic potential is buried in Toronto Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Section 29 Lot 29 not far from Dr Charles Best who is also buried in Section 29.

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Date added: 2005-02-10
Last modified: 2017-02-21