According to his attestation papers dated February 14, 1916 at Mimico, Ralph Gordon, Victoria Industrial School, Mimico was born on November 14, 1874 in Torquay, Devon, England. He listed his wife, Mrs. Annie Gordon, Victoria Industrial School, Mimico as his next of kin. He was a chef and a member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers. He was 41 years and 3 months of age and stood 5 feet 7 inches tall. He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion. He was a member of the Church of England.
He was a Sergeant.
In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as a Relief Officer, Victoria Industrial School, Mimico.