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
Albert Bright

In March 1915 he enlisted in the 25th Battery, C.F.A., and reached France in January 1916. He served first on the Ploegsteert-Kemmel front and in the Salient. Having been promoted through all the ran…

Alexander Baird

Baird was initially appointed to the 80th Battalion and transferred to the 126th. After reaching England in August 1916 as lieutenant, he transferred once more to the 116th with which he went to Fran…

Alexander Macdonald

Only son of Sheriff Charles Macdonald; Applied Science 1907-10; Land surveyor in Yukon, Alaska and British Columbia. He enlisted on trie outbreak of the war in the i6th Battalion and went overseas …

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

Shot and killed instantly by a German in hiding who had been cut off from his party.

Alfred Bastedo
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
Allen Cleghorn
Allman Froom
Ambrose Goodman

In April 1917 he was appointed to the Great War Veterans Overseas Company of the l09th Regiment, which later became a Company of the 1st Central Ontario Regiment. He went overseas with its first draf…

Andrew Ross

Andrew was teaching in Ontario and in Western Canada before he enlisted to the No.8 Field Ambulance in Calgary, Alberta on January 25, 1916. He reached France in June 1916 and by 1917, he obtained a …

Andrew Archibald
Andrew Campbell
Andrew Gordon
Andrew Horton

In November 1915, he was appointed to the 91st Battalion, and went overseas in the spring of 1916. He was in charge of Physical Training and Bayonet Fighting for the 35th and 4th Reserve Battalions i…

Angus McIntosh

He enlisted in October 1915 in the 46th, Queen s Battery, C.F.A., and went overseas in February 1916. He went to France in July, and served in the 9th Brigade at the Somme, Vimy and Lens. He was inst…

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
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

Youell enlisted in the 67th, University of Toronto, Battery, CFA, in September 1916. In October 1917, he went overseas and was promoted to Sergeant in England. He reverted, however, to go to France i…

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

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