Lieutenant C. Weldon Travis
SAC 1911-1914

Clifford Weldon Travis

Lieutenant Clifford Weldon Travis was born May 5, 1893 in Sydney, Nova Scotia, the son of Mr. C. B. and Mrs. Priscilla Travis. He attended St Andrew's College from 1911 to 1914 where he was Head Prefect in both 1912-1913 and 1913-1914. He studied Applied Sciences at McGill University in Montreal from 1914 to 1915. 

He had served in the McGill Battalion (COTC?) when he enlisted on October 6, 1915 with the 86th Machine Gun Battalion. He later served in the 18th Company, 2nd Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps and was killed in action on August 28, 1918 at the age of 25. He is buried in Quebec Cemetery, France (Grave Reference: D. 14.) 

A contemporary wrote:

"I had been living in hopes that the news I read concerning poor 'Trav' and 'Lin' would turn out to be false, and I was almost heartbroken to hear the confirmation of their deaths. They were both more or less idols of mine at S.A.C......I was too young in the old school days to have become personal friends of either of them; but in the Lower School it was always, 'Well Trav does it this way' or 'Lin does it that way', and whatever it was the argument was thereby settled."

from Not An Ordinary Place, pp117-118
  • Attestation Papers (National Archives) - Front - Back
  • Canadian Virtual War Memorial page for C. W. Travis. There is also a link on this page to his commemoration on Page 514 of the First World War Book of Remembrance