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

Flight Lieutenant Charles Elbridge Burden ’12

Died: January 22, 1918

Charles Elbridge Burden was at U.C.C. from 1907-1912. While at U.C.C. he took a great interest in sports and was a triple blue during 1911-1912, having made the First Rugby Team in 1911, the First Hockey and the First Cricket Teams in 1912. He enlisted in September, 1914, with the 9th Battery, C.F.A., and received his commission as Lieutenant at the Royal School of Artillery, Kingston, Ontario. On the formation of the Eaton Machine Gun Brigade, he was appointed to same as Lieutenant, with which he went overseas in June 1915, and was stationed at Shorncliffe Military Camp, where he was promoted to Captain. In November 1915, he was transferred to the Royal Naval Air Service and was injured at Hendon, England, in December 1915, in a flight where he was acting as observer.

Early in 1916 he was sent to Belfort, France, with No. 3 Wing (a bombing squadron), where he remained until December 1916, when he was given leave to Canada, arriving in Toronto December 26th and, after a stay of fifteen days, he returned to Belfort. In the spring of 1917, he was sent to Ypres to oversee the construction of an aerodrome, and in May was operated on for appendicitis in a hospital a few miles from the firing line, was invalided to England and, after recovery, was sent to Manston Royal Naval Air Station, where he had charge of the War Flights, and on January 22nd, 1918, while testing the air, his machine “nose-dived ” at an altitude of 75 feet and, in striking the ground, he received a compound fracture at the base of the skull, resulting in instant death. He was twenty-two years of age.

College Times (Summer 1918) pg. 13-14


More information about Flight Lieutenant Charles Elbridge Burden ’12 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canada At War

The Royal British Legion – Every Man Remembered

The War Graves Photographic Project

Royal Flying Corps

Wisden – Obituaries during the war, 1918