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
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 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 Simpson

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

Alexander Macdonald
Alfred Bastedo
Alfred Hyder
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…

Alfred Henry
Alfred Taylor

He enlisted in February 1916 in the 182nd Battalion, and shortly before going overseas transferred as a Signaller to the 116th. He reached France in March 1917 and served through the battles of Vimy …

Alister Mackenzie
Allen Cleghorn
Allman Froom
Ambrose Goodman
Andrew Archibald

Andrew was the son of Andrew and Margaret S. Archibald. He was a teacher in Hullett and McKillop Tps. and also taught at Zurich and Dufferin Public School in Toronto. In April 1915, he enlisted in th…

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 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 Gordon
Andrew Horton
Angus McIntosh
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…

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…

Armine Norris

In March 1915 he enlisted in the Machine Gun Section of the 20th Battalion, with which he went to France in September. During the following winter and spring he served on the front south of Ypres and…

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 Youell
Arthur Dissette

In October 1915 he was appointed to the R. Naval Air Service, and in September 1916 joined the 3rd Wing in France. He was first employed in bombing, and was awarded the French Croix de Guerre for his…

Arthur Tanner

In the autumn of 1914 he acted as Recruiting Officer in the Moosomin district, and in January 1915 was appointed Medical Officer to the 10th C.M.R. He took command of the Hospital unit at Camp Hughes…

Arthur Chesnut
Arthur Creighton

He enlisted in the I96th, Western Universities, Battalion in April 1916, and went overseas in November. In February 1917 he joined the 46th Battalion in France on the Vimy front. He was wounded at Vi…

Arthur Muir

In September 1914 he was appointed to the 15th Battalion and went overseas in October. Reaching France early in 1915 he served through the battle of Ypres in April. At Festubert he was wounded in the…

Arthur Cavill
Arthur Knight
Arthur Parker
Arthur Anderson
Arthur McLaughlin

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