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John Archer Ryan (1895 - 1915)

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John Archer Ryan
1895 - 1915
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c. 1895
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September 18, 1915
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John Archer Ryan was born c. 1895. He died on September 18, 1915 at age 20.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Service number: london Z/1048 Rank: Able Seaman Regiment: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Unit/ship/squadron: Drake Bn. R.n. Div.
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John Archer Ryan died on September 18, 1915 at 20 years of age. He was buried in Portianos Military Cemetery Iv. A. 204., Greece. He was born c. 1895. We are unaware of information about John's family or relationships.
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In 1895, in the year that John Archer Ryan was born, on May 18th, Italy's first motor race was held. The race was 58 miles long - from Turin to Asti and back. Five cars started but only three completed the race. It was won by Simone Federman who drove a Daimler Omnibus - his average speed was 9.6 mph.

In 1900, John was just 5 years old when artist Henri Matisse, born in 1869 in France, began the fauvist movement. Only lasting a few years in popularity (ending around 1904), fauvism was in many ways the beginning of modern art. Matisse was fond of bright, vibrant colors and used them in his paintings - contrary to the muted use of color previously. While the fauvist movement declined in popularity, Matisse did not and he went on to create many more works of art and even a museum for his work, 2 years before his death in 1954. (In French, les Fauves means "the wild beasts". Matisse and those who followed his example were called "beasts" because of the bold colors that they used in their artwork.)

In 1903, by the time he was just 8 years old, the book The Souls of Black Folk, written by W. E. B. Du Bois, was published. Containing several essays on the African-American experience in America, much of the book was based on Du Bois' own life. The book was one of the very early works in the science of sociology.

In 1915, in the year of John Archer Ryan's passing, the Germans first used poison gas as a weapon at the second Battle of Ypres during World War I. While noxious gases had been used since ancient times, this was the first use of poisonous gas - in this case, lethal chlorine gas - in modern war. Subsequently, the French and British - as well as the United States when they entered World War 1 - developed and used lethal gas in war.

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