John Dartnell De Pencier, the son of the Bishop of New Westminster in British Columbia, served as a gunner with the 68th Field Battery of the Canadian Field Artillery in 1916. In April 1917, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and was posted to 19 Squadron on 6 October 1917. By the end of the month, he'd scored his first victory flying the SPAD XIII. Wounded in stomach during late November of 1917, De Pencier returned from his mission not realizing how badly he'd been wounded. After seven days leave of absence, he returned to duty in December and scored his second victory with the SPAD XIII. In 1918, his squadron was re-equipped with Sopwith Dolphins and De Pencier scored six more victories before returning to the Home Establishment to become an instructor. In 1920, while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Germany, De Pencier was killed in a crash following a mid-air collision with Cyril Ridley.