Lieutenant Harold V. Wrong
SAC 1902-1907

Lieutenant Harold V. WrongLieutenant Harold Verschoyle Wrong was born in Toronto on December 1, 1891, the second son of George Mackinnon Wrong (Professor of History at the University of Toronto and author) and Sophia Hume Wrong (daughter of Hon. Edward Blake, M.P.) who were living at 467 Jarvis St, Toronto and later at 73 Walmer Rd., Toronto, Canada. He had a sister Margaret and a brother Murray who was living in Manchester, England in 1917.

He attended St. Andrew's College from 1902 to 1907, and later Ridley College, St. Catherine's, and University College at University of Toronto from 1909 to 1913 where he took First Class Honours in Classics, English and History.  He was a member of Kappa Alpha, the Historical Club, XIII Club and received his Tennis Colours. Harold won the Flavelle Scholarship which enabled him to attend Oxford University for two years. He arrived in the UK from Canada in October 1913 to continue his education at Christ Church College, Oxford. His name appears in the Cambridge Encyclopaedia of literature as a composer of verse.

On December 1914 Harold applied for a commission in the British Army and was subsequently appointed 2nd Lieutenant with the 15 Lancastershire Fusiliers (2nd Salford Pals) of the British Infantry. His commission application states that he was unmarried, 6' tall and weighed 156 lbs and his permanent address was 467 Jarvis St, Toronto.

Harold arrived in France on November 21, 1915 with his Battalion and went into the line in the area of the future Somme battle, between Thiepval and La Boisselle. On Saturday July 1st, 1916 his brigade attacked Thiepval frontally. He was last seen crossing the German front line wounded in the hand. Most of the battalion was cut off after crossing the first line, and nearly all were killed. Wrong was 23 years old and one of 997 officers to die that day. Men of the Battalion were to fall in horrendous numbers before the intense machine gun fire from ruined houses in the village as well as from Thiepval Fort. Wrong has no known grave and so is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France (Panel Number: Pier and Face 3 C and 3 D).

The Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave.

  • Commonwealth War Graves Commissioner Debt of Honour Register for H. V. Wrong

Credit: Some of the information above was provided by Joe Devereux of Cheltenham, England, as result of his research on the officers who died July 1, 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. Additional information from University of Toronto Roll of Service 1914-1920.