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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
J. Roy Drysdale, B. A., LL. B.


The Edmonton bar finds an able representative in J. Roy Drysdale, a young man of mental alertness, enterprise and determination, whose identification with the legal profession covers a period of seven years. He was born in Nova Scotia in 1888 and his father, James Drysdale, was also a native of that province. He was born in 1850 and was married in Nova Scotia, in 1887, to Georgia Elizabeth Geddes, who passed away in 1920, while his death occurred in 1906. His father, John Drysdale, was born in Nova Scotia and was of Scotch ancestry.

J. Roy Drysdale acquired his early education in the public schools of his native province and afterward spent a year as a student at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. He next entered Alberta University, which in 1912 conferred upon him the B. A. degree, while three years later lie completed a course in the law department of that institution. He began his professional career in Edmonton and in 1920 formed a partnership with S. S. Cormack, becoming junior member of the firm, which engages in the general practice of law and is building up a lucrative clientele. Mr. Drysdale is careful in analysis, clear in his reasoning and logical in his deductions and the ability with which he presents his cause has won for him many favorable verdicts.

My. Drysdale is a veteran of the World war. He enlisted at Edmonton on January 19, 1917, becoming a private in the One Hundred and Ninety- sixth Battalion, and in May, 1917, was sent overseas with that organization. He saw much hard fighting and participated in the engagement at Lens in September, 1917. At the battle of Passchendaele in October, 1917, he was wounded, being incapacitated for further service, and returned to Edmonton in November, 1919, after eighteen months' military duty. He is a member of the Great Western Veterans Association and his political tenets are those of the Liberal party, while his religious views are in accord with the doctrines of the Presbyterian church. He is an earnest and conscientious student, thoroughly alive to the importance and responsibility of his profession and fully meriting the high esteem in which he is held by his fellow practitioners as well as the general public.


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