According to his attestation papers dated January 14, 1916 at Mimico, Archie Gray Gair, Mimico, Ontario was born on October 20, 1897 in Forfarshire, Scotland. He listed his father Alexander Gair, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin. He was a metal worker and had no previous military experience. He was 18 years of age and stood 6 feet tall. He had brown eyes, dark hair and complexion. He was Presbyterian.
He was a Private in the 127th Battalion, Canadian Infantry when he died on January 21, 1916. He was buried in Park Lawn Cemetery, Toronto. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website indicates that he was the son of Alexander and Mary Gair, of Mimico, Ont.
His brother Alexander also enlisted and was also killed.
In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a clerk living with his father Alex Gair, labourer on the east side of Albert Avenue, Mimico.