Timeline of Events: St. Andrew's College & the First World War

 

1915

 

March 16

Lieutenant F. C. Andrews is killed in action at Neuve Chapelle, in France, aged 22, and the first Andrean to die in the war.

March 22 

Private N.B. Lockhart dies of meningitis, aged 23

April-May

The Battles of Ypres

April 22

Lieutenant A. L. Bell is killed in action at Langemarck, Second Battle of Ypres, aged 22

April 23

Private R.E. Herald is killed in action, aged 20

 

Captain J.D. Glover is killed in action, aged 25

April 25

Allies land at Gallipoli including Andreans Raymond Bennett, Private Edward Winter and Errol Munn all from Newfoundland.

April 27

Private D. Broughall is killed in action at St Julien, Second Battle of Ypres, aged 19

April ??

Major R.B.S. Burton is wounded in the Battles of Ypres and is visited by King George V while recovering in hospital.

April ??

Captain Fred Macdonald and Donald Chase are taken prisoner at the Battle of Ypres.

April ??

Lieutenant P. Skidmore is severely wounded at the Battle of Ypres.

May-June

The Actions at Festubert and Givenchy

June 21

Lieutenant R.F.E. Buscombe is killed in action, aged 22

June

Lieutenant Colonel A.E. Taylor, DSO and Lieutenant W. D. Clayton (both Masters) leave for the front.

October 26

Second Lieutenant L. A. Hyde dies, age 19

Oct/Nov

Captain D.E.S. Wishart participated in the Retreat from Servia

December

At end of term, 261 Andreans were serving in the military.

1916

 

April 5-13

Private (later Lieutenant) H.G. Lennard was awarded the Military Medal for his efforts during this time at St. Eloi.

May 16

Lieutenant G.H. Campbell is killed in action, aged 23

June 2-3

Battle of Mount Sorrel

June 2

Private W. D. Williams died at Zillebecke, aged 24

June 3

Lieutenant M.E. Malone is killed in action at Zillebecke, aged 21

June 2/3

Lieutenant H. Macdonald is wounded.

June 13

Private L.E. Cunningham dies at Ypres, aged 25

June 18

Second Lieutenant C.E. Rogers is killed in action

July

Start of the Battles of the Somme

July 1

Lieutenant E.R. Winter of the 1st Newfoundland Regiment, is killed in action at Beaumont Hamel on the Somme front, aged 18

 

Lieutenant H.V. Wrong is killed in action at Thiepval, on the Somme front, aged 23.

July 2

Private A. W. Chesnut is severely wounded and returns to England.

July 23

Captain J. E. Blake is killed in action on the Somme front, aged 24

July 25

Lieutenant G. Nation is killed in action on the Somme front, aged 21

September 5

Private A. W. Chesnut dies pneumonia after being wounded, aged 26

September 9

Lieutenant H.L. Devlin is killed in action at St. Eloi, aged 20

September 15

Lieutenant T.S. Bell is killed in action at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette on the Somme front, aged 21. This battle saw the first use of British tanks.

Lieutenant Brian Loudon is severely wounded in the foot at Courcelette.

 

Private B. B. Brown is missing and presumed dead, aged 20

September 26

Lieutenant G.A . Snow is killed in action at Courcelette on the Somme front, aged 22.

 

Private J. S. Taylor is killed in action on the Somme front.

October 8

Lieutenant H. T. Beecroft is killed in action at Regina Trench, aged 24

October 21

Lieutenant F. G. Diver is missing and presumed killed in action, aged 27.

November 18

Lieutenant A. Oliver, MC is killed in action on the Somme front, aged 23

November

End of the Battles of the Somme

December

Over 500 Andreans on are active service, 26 killed and 92 wounded.

1917

 

March 15

Major G. V. Nelson is killed in action, aged 21

April-May

Battles of the Scarpe

April 9

Start of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

 

Lieutenant E.R. Kappele is killed in action at Vimy Ridge, aged 24

 

Captain R. A. Brown is awarded the Military Cross for his actions in knocking out an enemy machine guy on this day.

April 11

Lieutenant J. H. Wilson is killed in action, aged 25

April 12

End of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

April 28

Lieutenant A.E. Rand is killed in action, aged 23

April 30

Major G.G. Knighton dies of wounds, aged 28

May 1

Lieutenant W.M. Munro is killed in action, aged 21

May 15

Captain M.M. Eberts is killed in action, aged 28

May 17

Private D.W. Graham is killed in action, aged 25

May 24

Flight Lieutenant R.G. Masson is killed in action, aged 22

June 7

Flight Sub Lieutenant H.D.M. Wallace is killed in action, aged 22

June 13

Lieutenant Langley F.W. Smith, DFC is killed in action, aged 19

June 21

Lieutenant P.H. Bigwood is killed in action, aged 23

June 22

Lieutenant H.L. Crowe is accidentally killed

July 24

Light Sub Lieutenant T.C. May is killed in action, aged 22

July 27

Lieutenant A.W. Kilgour is killed in action

August 9

Captain E.G. Hanlan dies in an aeroplan accident, aged 28

August 15

Start of the Capture of Hill 70

August 15

This was the bloodiest day of the war for Andreans with 4 old boys killed in action or missing and presumed dead:
Captain H. St G. Bond is killed in action at Hill 70, aged 25
Private J. G. Cutler is missing and presumed dead, aged 26
Lieutenant Freeman Munro, missing and presumed dead, aged 21
Lieutenant F.J. Gooch is killed in action at Hill 70, aged 25

August 16

Second Lieutenant R.A. Phillips is accidentally killed in England, aged 19.

August 20

Second Lieutenant P.H. Raney is killed in action, aged 24

August 25

End of the Capture of Hill 70

September 10

Gunner R.A. Ferguson died, aged 21

September 26

Second Lieutenant C.F. Risteen, presumed to have died, aged 24

October 4

Second Lieutenant W.M.M. Geggie is killed in action

October 15

Lieutenant P.D.M. McLagan is killed in action, aged 27

October 26

Start of formal Canadian participation in the Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres)

November 8

Lieutenant G. A. Cockburn died in a German dressing station of severe wounds after he was forced to and behind German lines during the Battle of Passchendaele, aged 22.

November 14

Captain R. A. Brown, MC died of wounds, aged 21

November 10

End of formal Canadian participation in the Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres)

November 23

Gunner J.T. Wilson is killed in action at Passchendaele, aged 20

December 3

Airman First Class D.W. Clement is killed in action, aged 20

December 6

25 military Old Boys are entertained by the Headmaster Dr and Mrs Macdonald.

December 23

Lieutenant D.R.C. Wright is killed in action, aged 25

1918

??

Major R.B.S. Burton is dispatched to Russian to command the Finnish Legion in Siberia.

February 19

Private R.H. Bastedo dies of diptheria, aged 22

February 20

Lieutenant D.C. Wright is killed in action, aged 22

February 22

Captain H.K. Harris, MC is killed in action

March 17

Second Lieutenant R.S. Wood died in a flying accident

April 1

Major H.L. Nicol is killed in action

April 9

Lieutenant W.W. Taylor died of wounds

April 12

Lieutenant J.G. Douglas is killed in action

April 23

Captain K.W. Junor, MC is killed in action, aged 24

May 10

Lieutenant G.F. Ross is killed in action at the naval Battle of Ostend.

May 27

Second Lieutenant D.R.M. Smith is killed in action

May 30

Lieutenant W.B. Yuille is killed in action, aged 22

June 8

Private B. Whitaker dies of pneumonia, aged 23

June 14

Private D.L. Anderson died of cerebro-spinal-meningitis, aged 26

July 6

Second Lieutenant D.P. Gibson dies in England of ill health, aged 26

July 13

Second Lieutenant H.H. Walker died of pneumonia, aged 25.

August 8-11

Battle of Amiens

August 8

Lieutenant D.W. Morrison died, aged 21

August 26

Start of the Battle of Arras

August 28

Lieutenant C.W. Travis is killed in action, aged 25

 

Lieutenant H.R. Lindsay Wright is killed in action, aged 22

August 30

Lieutenant R.M. Porter is killed in action, aged 20

August ?

The school property in Rosedale is taken over by the government as a hospital. The school moves to space at the University of Toronto to start the fall term.

September 1

Lieutenant B.M. Loudon is killed in action, aged 25

September 2

Major W.B. McTaggart, DSO, MC, is killed in action, aged 25

September 3

End of the Battle of Arras

September 18

Lieutenant J.W. Ings is killed in action

 

Lieutenant C.S. MacPherson is killed in action, aged 21

September 30

Private H.M. McQueen is killed in action, aged 24

October 16

Lieutenant E.M. Abendana died of pleurisy, aged 26

October 18

Captain F.G. Quigley, DSO, MC, died of pneumonia

October 26

Lieutenant V.R.A. Crombie, MC, died of wounds, aged 21. He is the last Andrean to die before the Armistice.

November 9

Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany abdicates.

November 11

The Armistice with Germany is signed officially ceasing hostilities

 

 

November 20

Lieutenant W. N. Hanna is killed in a flying accident, aged 23

November 23

Captain E. O. (Tod) Bath died of influenza, aged 26

December 6

Cadet A.G. Robertson died of pneumonia,

December 9

Captain Guy H. Wallace died of pneumonia in New York, New York.

December 15

Major J. Kay, MC died of pneumonia, aged 26

1919

 

January 23

Lieutenant O. D. Cochrane died of severe injuries received in an accident some months earlier, aged 28.

March 31

Lieutenant J. A. Proctor is killed in an accident in England, aged 24.

May 17

Captain Grant A. Gooderham, DFC, is found dead (drowned) in Toronto Bay, aged 27

October 10

Driver G.N. Risteen died of wounds, aged 20.

1920

 

September 12

Major R.D. Galbraith died of an operation for stomach problems related to the war, aged 27

1930

 

March 4

J.C. Darroch died of a war related cause, aged 33

March 18

Lieutenant M. G. Beath died probably of a result of contracting tuberculosis in England during the war, aged 36