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Driver George Charles Warwick ’10
Died: April 9, 1918
Gunner George Warwick, son of Mr. Chas. E. Warwick of Warwick Bros. & Rutter, was at U.C.C. from 1909 to 1910, he trained at Kingston with the 26th Battery, going overseas in August, 1915. He transferred to another unit and was at the front in the fall of 1915. He was a well-known athlete playing hockey with the Argonauts and was a member of the Toronto Canoe Club. He was 24 years of age.
Mrs. Warwick, the mother of Gunner Warwick has received the following letter from Capt. and Chaplain M. R. Omand 5th Brigade, C.F.A.
My Dear Madam :
Permit me to respectfully offer you my sincere and heartfelt sympathy with you in your bereavement through the death in action of your son, Gunner G. C. Warwick, of the 17th Battery, C.F.A.
I realize very clearly that no words of mine can atone for the loss that you have suffered. The price that is being paid in these days for the saving of the liberty of the world is a tremendous one and the great burden of the cost must unfortunately be borne by those at home,—our women-folk—who in their anxieties and, only too often, in their sorrow, are carrying a far heavier load than we are carrying here.
Yet I know that you will be sustained in your day of sorrow by the great Friend and Master, who learned sympathy by the things that He Himself had to suffer ; and who promised that He would never leave His dear ones comfortless. And I am no less certain that, when the first sharpness of grief is past, its place will be taken by a great, strong, noble pride in your boy, in his character and in his willingness to do his duty and pay whatever price should be necessary. And you will never forget that it has been his fortune to give his life in the greatest battle that has ever been fought in the world, that he has died in defence of all that is best in our life to-day, and so has earned his place among the heroes and saints of all the ages. His life has not really been lost any more than theirs have. It has already counted here ; and it is going on under new conditions, and to greater tasks.
Your other son has probably given you details regarding his brother’s death, but I repeat them. He was going to his gun in response to a call, when a German shell exploded near and he was struck by a piece of the shell. Fortunately, the Medical Officer was at the Battery at the time, and was with him at once. The Medical Officer told me that your son was perfectly conscious and cheerful, but was so severely hit that there was no pain at all, and that he passed away a few minutes after being wounded. He was buried in a little British Military Cemetery on the following day, the funeral being attended by several officers and many men of the Battery.
The exact location of the cemetery and grave are carefully recorded ; and has already been noted by your surviving son, who has already, I think, sent it to you. In this connection, I would ask you to note that the number of the grave is “11” and not “10” as I told your son. The Corporal-in-charge gave me the wrong number, but I discovered the error the same day. Please inform your son of this mistake.
It is great pleasure to me to be able to tell you of the great esteem in which your boy was held by the officers of his Battery and his comrades. As Chaplain of the Brigade, I have frequently talked to him and know personally, and through the opinions of others, something of the good work that he has done in the Battery. You have every reason to be proud of his record.
I do not think of anything more that I can tell you now, except that I hope and pray that God may bless you richly at this time.
(Signed) Malcolm N. Omond,
Captain and Chaplain, 5th Brigade, C.F.A.
College Times (Summer 1918) pg. 16-18
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