Fight Sub Lieutenant T. C. May
SAC 1912-1916

Flight Sub-Lieutenant Theodore Charles May was born in Toronto, Ontario, son of Charles Frederick and Mercy Wilkes May, of 95 King St. East, Toronto, Ontario. He attended St. Andrew's College from 1912 to 1916. It would appear that prior to St. Andrew's, he attended University Toronto School as he is listed on the 1914-18 Memorial Plaque, The University Schools, University of Toronto, 371 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Ontario which was erected by the U.T.S. Hockey Club, 1919-20.

He enlisted in C Battery, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery of the Canadian Expeditionary Force on May 11, 1916 and was sent to Kingston, Ontario. On his attestation form (see link below) his date of birth is shown as August 27, 1897 however other military records indicate that he was only 18 years of age when he died in 1917, so it appears that he may have lied about his age when enlisting. He also indicated on his form that he had three years of service with the St. Andrew's College Cadet Corps.

He did not stay long in the Artillery as he was discharged in August and attended the Curtiss School of Aviation before joining the Royal Naval Air Service on 21 November 1916. He trained at the Royal Naval Station Vendome, France with a fellow Andrean, Lieutenant Ewan Sutherland Campbell. Upon completion of his training in July he was posted to 10 Squadron in Furness in which he was serving when he was killed in action on July 24th, 1917 at the age of 18 years.

As he has no known grave, his name is recorded on the Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. This memorial commemorates more than 1,000 airmen of the Royal Naval Air Service, the Royal Flying Corps, and the Royal Air Force, either by attachment from other arms of the forces of the Commonwealth or by original enlistment, who were killed on the whole Western Front and who have no known grave. 

  • Copy of Attestation Paper (National Archives) - Front - Back
  • Canadian Virtual War Memorial Page for Theodore May. This page includes a link to his Commemoration on Page 579 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.

May is on the right

The photo above (T. C. May is on the right) was taken by Flight Sub Lieutenant Richard Alexander Nicholson, who came from Lincolnshire and who was in training at the Royal Naval Air Station Vendome, France from March until May, 1917. Click here for additional photos of buildings and aircraft at RNAS Vendome. Our thanks to Paul Donnellan for providing these to us.