Lieutenant L. Brian M. Loudon
SAC 1902-1906

Lieutenant Loudon Brian Melville Loudon was born in Toronto on October 3, 1892, the son of the late President and Mrs. James Loudon, of University of Toronto. He attended St. Andrew's College from 1902 to 1906, followed by Harbord St Collegiate Institute and Jarvis St Collegiate Institute.

Loudon then studied at the University of Toronto from 1910 to 1915 from which he received a Bachelor of Arts. At this time he was also a Lieutenant with the 48th Highlanders of Canada.

In August 1915 he was appointed to the 92nd Battalion (48th Highlanders) and went overseas in May 1916. A month later, reverting to the rank of Lieutenant, he joined the 15th Battalion (also 48th) in France. He was wounded severely in the foot at Courcellette on September 15th and returned home on leave in November. He went back to England in February 1917 and for several months was on duty at West Sandling and Otterpool Camps. He had again been promoted to Captain but again reverted to Lieutenant in order to return to France in March 1918.

After serving through the battle of Amiens, he was killed aged 25, on Sunday September 1st, 1918 near Hendicourt, east of Arras while participating in the Advance to Drocourt-Queant Line.  He was leading his platoon forward and approaching the objective when he was obliged to halt owing to the British barrage. As he was seeing that his men had cover, he was struck in the heart by an enemy shrapnel bullet. He is buried in Dominion Cemetery, France (Grave Reference: I. D. 1.) 

  • Attestation Papers (National Archives) Front - Back
  • Canadian Virtual War Memorial Page for Brian Loudon. This page also includes a link to his commemoration on Page 451 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.

Plaque inside St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Toronto