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Old Boys who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War.

Captain William Bruce Macculloch ’03

Died: April 11, 1917

Captain William Bruce Macculloch ’03 is listed in the memorial volume, Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919but his name was missed from the First World War memorial plaque. It was added in August 2016.

According to the Roll of Service, William Bruce Macculloch entered Upper Canada College at age 12 and remained only for one year 1902-1903. Records indicate that his earlier education was at St. Alban’s Cathedral School, Toronto. His parents were William Bruce Macculloch and Harriet Ethel Purcell VanKoughnet. It is not indicated where William was educated after leaving the College although it is noted that he enlisted in England, 30 September 1914.  It appears that William was attached to 11th, 9th and, latterly, the 15th Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry. Captain Macculloch was killed in action at the battle of Arras on April 11, 1917.

Also recorded in the  Roll of Pupils of Upper Canada College  his older brother, Ferdinand George Macculloch (1888-1941) attended UCC from 1898-1903 and then, later, from 1906-1907. Records indicate that Ferdinand was educated at Lansdowne Public School prior to entry to UCC at age 10 in 1898. It is not indicated where Ferdinand was educated between 1903 and 1906 but after graduating from the College in 1907, Ferdinand went on to study at the Royal Military College from 1907-1908. Ferdinand is also mentioned in the Roll of Service (pg. 212).

Roll of Pupils states the address for both alumni as c/o Mrs. C. C. Van Straubenzee. A search via ancestry.ca confirms that their widowed mother, Ethel, remarried Trinity College School old boy Major-General Sir Casimir Cartwright Van Straubenzee in 1909. Van Straubenzee also served with the British Army during WW1, serving as a General Commanding Officer in Singapore.

If you can provide more information on Captain William Bruce Macculloch ’03 please contact College Archivist Jill Spellman.

More information about Captain William Bruce Macculloch ’03can be found at:

The Royal British Legion – Every Man Remembered