Bayly, Benjamin de Forest (Pat)
radio hobby that Benjamin de Forest (Pat) Bayly had in his youth helped
to co-found a radio station in Moose Jaw and led to phenomenal
communication feats during World War II. After graduating from the
Faculty of Law in 1923 at the University of Saskatchewan, Pat began to
study electrical engineering at the University of Toronto. His
expertise in the field was such that in his third year he lectured
fourth year students. He remained on staff, with war leave, until 1951.
1941, under close association with the British Director of Security
Co-ordination (Sir William Stephenson), Pat became Assistant Director,
with British army rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He set up Communication
Centre “Hydra” at secret agent camp X (near Oshawa) and designed
special equipment to link New York, Washington, Ottawa and Britain. To
handle confidential traffic he invented the cipher machine “Rockex,”
which is now used worldwide for diplomatic communication. His
activities influenced Canada’s radar development, and his work was
acknowledged through the Order of the British Empire (1946) and
fellowship in the Institute of Radio Engineers (1947).
moved Bayly Engineering Ltd. (est. 1946, Oshawa) to Ajax in 1948, where
his municipal leadership led to incorporation, with him as the first
mayor in 1955.