View of the Banting farm. Site preserved under the Ontario Heritage Act, with a plaque from the Federal Government recognizing Banting.
Frederick Banting was born on November 14, 1891, in a farm house near
 The youngest of five children of William Thompson Banting and Margaret Grant,
 he attended public high schools in Alliston. In 1910, he started at
Victoria College, part of the University of Toronto, in the General Arts program. After failing his first year, he petitioned to join the medical program in 1912 and was accepted. He began medical school in September 1912.
In 1914, he attempted to enter the army on August 5, and then again in October, but was refused due to poor eyesight.
:33–34 Banting successfully joined the army in 1915 and spent the summer training before returning to school. His class was fast-tracked to get more doctors into the war and so he graduated in December 1916 and reported for military duty the next day.
:36–37 He was wounded at the
Battle of Cambrai in 1918. Despite his injuries, he helped other wounded men for sixteen hours, until another doctor told him to stop. He was awarded the
Military Cross in 1919, for heroism.
Banting returned to Canada after the war and went to Toronto to complete his surgical training.
:44 He studied
orthopedic medicine and, in 1919–1920, was Resident Surgeon at
The Hospital for Sick Children. Banting was unable to gain a place on the hospital staff and so he decided to move to
London, Ontario to set up a medical practice. From July 1920 to May 1921, he continued his general practice, while teaching orthopedics and
anthropology part-time at the
University of Western Ontario in London because his medical practice had not been particularly successful.
:48 From 1921 to 1922 he lectured in
pharmacology at the University of Toronto. He received his M.D. degree in 1922, and was also awarded a gold medal.