Ross, James George, 1861-1956 : James Gorden Ross, military officer and chartered accountant, was born in 1861 at Montreal, Que., the son of Philip Simpson Ross and Christina Charmers Dansken. James George Ross was a younger brother of Philip Dansken Ross. He received his education in various Montreal private schools and in Montreal High School. In 1881, after completing a two year course at the Guelph Agricultural College and upon his return from a trip to Manitoba, he joined his father's Montreal accounting firm. In 1884, both James and his younger brother William were taken into partnership with their father in the firm of P.A. Ross and Sons. Upon his father's death, James Ross became head of the company.
Ross was quite active in many Montreal sporting activities and also took a keen interest in various militia units. He served with the Ontario Field Battery, 1879-1883 and was an officer in the Victoria Rifles, 1884-1891. In 1898, he joined the 5th Royal Scots and rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel in 1909. After the outbreak of World War I, Ross aided in the raising and equipping of an overseas battalion for the 5th Royal Highlanders.
In September 1915, he went overseas and served as Chief Paymaster Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1915-1917, then Paymaster General, Overseas Military Forces of Canada, 1917-1919. He was promoted colonel in 1917, brigadier-general in 1918 and major-general in 1938.
See also: Morgan, Canadian Men and Women of the Time, 1912.