Hall ofRemembrance

The Hall of Remembrance has been created to memorialize and remember those U of T student-soldiers who fought and died in the World Wars. All of the information displayed on this page has been compiled using the Canadian Virtual War Memorial and from the records graciously provided to us by the Soldiers’ Tower Committee. The information is accurate to the best of our ability. We hope to continue revising and contributing to this record, which currently consists of over 1000 student-soldiers who lost their lives in the World Wars. If you have photographs, contributions, or revisions, please email us at info@uths.org

In compiling the Hall of Remembrance, we were struck by the harsh reality of war and its inherent arbitrariness. The WW1 record for U of T student-soldiers was compiled by The Varsity, U of T’s student newspaper, during the era of the Great War. Its mere existence points to the respect and sense of sacrifice granted these young men (and a few women). Each student-soldier is memorialized with a photograph, a biography of their time at U of T, and details of their service, including cause of death. We were surprised to discover that there was no comparable book created for the WW2 soldiers during or shortly after the war. In fact, a memorial book was not created for the WW2 soldiers until the 2000s, and though it is a valuable resource, it lacks photographs and biographies and is limited to the student-soldier’s college and military details. In our opinion, this is reflective of the difference in attitudes that accompanied each war; reverence and even excitement during WW1, and exhaustion during WW2. Even without examining the content of these resources, their creation – or delay in creation, in the case of the WW2 Memorial Book – reflects important historical nuances.

Furthermore, we found that even in the WW1 Roll of Honour, the repetitive nature of the descriptions of cause of death for each student-soldier are reflective of the numbness with which individuals during the era developed towards the terrible loss of life during the war. Indeed, we found it both disturbing and numbing to read of each soldier’s cause of death, ranging from “killed by machine gun” to “killed by shell” to “killed in accident.” Notably, this detail is omitted from the WW2 Memorial Book.

The Hall of Remembrance is a project primarily focused on empathy: by memorializing each student-soldier – over 1000 of them – we are working to humanize the cost of war. When one understands how great the loss of a student-soldier like Melvin Oliver is, one is better able to comprehend the overwhelming loss of thousands of Melvin Oliver’s, and thereby to better comprehend the reality of war. We hope that our online format will make the stories of these soldiers more accessible to all, and ensure that they are not forgotten.

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Adam Chalmers

In July 1916 he was appointed to the C.A.M.C., and after a short period at Camp Borden went to the St. Lucia, B.W.J., as Medical Officer to the Canadian garrison there. He died suddenly from heart fa…

Alan Maclean

In January 1915 he was appointed as Lieutenant and Signalling Officer to the 20th Battalion. With this unit he went to France and served for several months on the front south of Ypres, and through th…

Albert Cuzner

In 1916 he joined the R. Naval Air Service and served in the 8th Squadron. On April 29th, 1917, he was reported as missing when flying over the lines at Vimy Ridge, his machine being seen to fall in …

Albert Jourdan

In January 1916 he enlisted in the 157th Battalion, Simcoe Foresters, with the rank of Sergeant, and went overseas in October. For a year he was Instructor in Lewis-gun work to the 157th and the 125t…

Albert Bright
Alexander Baird
Alexander Macdonald
Alexander Dunbar

In January 1916, he enlisted in the 43rd Howitzer Battery, C.F.A., with a umber of University men from Knox College, and went overseas a month later. he reached France with the batter in the summer a…

Alexander Simpson
Alfred Bastedo

Bastedo enlisted with the First Contingent in Milton alongside thirty-three other men during the summer after his third year. He was appointed Captain to the 4th Battalion and went overseas in autumn…

Alfred Taylor
Alfred Henry
Alfred Hyder

In January 1917, he enlisted in the University Overseas Training Company and went overseas in October. After training in ENgland with the Arists Rifles, he received his commission in the 15th Corps C…

Alfred Lawton

In 1914 he joined the 17th Battalion with which he went overseas. He transferred to the C.A.M.C. in April 1915 and joined the 2nd Field Ambulance in France on the Ploegsteert front. He served in thi…

Alister Mackenzie

In March 1915 he enlisted in the Machine Gun Section of the 19th Battalion, and reached France in September. Through the winter he served in the Wulverghem-St. Eloi area, and distinguished himself in…

Allen Cleghorn

In December 1915 he was appointed to the C.A.M.C. and went overseas. Shortly afterwards, when he was attached to the 44th Battalion and awaiting orders to go to France, he died from pneumonia at Bram…

Allman Froom

Son of Ambrose C. and Annie Froom. Allman joined the Royal Flying Corps in January 1918 and trained at Leaside and Beamsville. Allman was killed in an accident during a solo flight. Allman’s father w…

Ambrose Goodman
Andrew Ross
Andrew Archibald
Andrew Campbell

On the outbreak of the war he left Winnipeg with a contingent of the Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry and came to Ottawa to arrange for an appointment in the Engineers. A few days later he was drow…

Andrew Gordon

In the spring of 1915 he was appointed to No. 4, University of Toronto, General Hospital and went overseas with the unit in May. While at Shorncliffe he served on a Medical Board, but in July was for…

Andrew Horton
Angus McIntosh
Archibald Fergusson

Son of Dr. John Fergusson. Archibald enlisted in November 1917 and joined the 31st Battalion in July 1918. He served on the Arras-Neuville-Vitasse front in France and was killed instantly by a sniper…

Archibald Macdonald

Son of Dr. Albert A. Macdonald; b. Toronto; ed. Upper Canada College; University College 1906-09; Alpha Delta Phi; Swimming colours; loth Regt., Lieut. In November 1914 he was appointed to the 19th…

Armine Norris
Arnold Thurston

At the end of 1914 he joined the Headquarters (Intelligence and Signalling) of the 4th Brigade, C.F.A., and went overseas in May 1915. Reaching France with the Second Division in September he served …

Arnold Grisdale
Arthur Creighton
Arthur McLaughlin

In April 1915 he was appointed to the 8th Canadian Mounted Rifles and went overseas in October. He twice went to France for instruction, being in the trenches by Easter 1916. Early in August he was a…

Arthur Anderson

Arthur was the son of Reverend John Anderson. He enlisted in June 1915 in the 2nd Universities Company, P.P.C.L.I., and reached the front in August. He served on the Somme-Amiens front during the aut…

Arthur Youell
Arthur Muir
Arthur Parker
Arthur Tanner
Arthur Knight
Arthur Cavill
Arthur Chesnut
Arthur Dissette

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