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Discover the stories and remember the lives of UCC
Old Boys who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War.

Captain Charles Sparling ’98

Died: October 28, 1918

The Rev. Capt. C. A. Sparling, M.A., B.D., was the son of Mrs. C. Sparling of Toronto, was at U.C.C. from 1894-1898. He then went to Trinity University, graduating with honours in Theology in 1904, M.A. 1905, B.D. 1911. He was ordained in 1904 and began his ministry at Grace Church, Toronto; afterwards becoming incumbent of Caladon East, Grand Valley and Palmerston. In 1913 he was appointed to the rectory of St. Mark’s, Hamilton; in June 1918 he entered the Chaplain Service and was sent to Barriefield Camp and afterwards to Petawawa.

On October 9th he was sent on emergency duty to Niagara Camp where influenza had broken out and the Chaplains were all ill; he contracted the disease from a dying man whom he was attending and died of pneumonia on October 26th. He leaves a wife and two young children.

College Times (Summer 1918) pg. 21


More information about Captain Charles Sparling ’98 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

Hillfield Strathallan College – Remembrance

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canadian Great War Project

Canada At War

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Guelph Cenotaph: Names of the Fallen from the First World War (1914-1919)

University of Toronto Roll of Service, 1914-1918

University of Toronto Monthly