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

Lance-Corporal Edgar Street Denison ’97

Died: April 23, 1915

Lance-Corporal Edgar Street Denison was son of the late Col. Fred. C. Denison, and was born in August, 1878. From 1891 -1897 he was at Upper Canada College, where he gained his football colours.

When the war broke out he was engaged on a survey in Prince Rupert, but, eager to serve his country, he at once joined the 30th Battalion as a private, although holding an officer’s commission in the G.G.B.G. He was sent overseas with a draft of reinforcements for the Princess Patricia’s, but, in order to reach France more speedily, transferred to the 16th Batt. He rose to the rank of lance-corporal, was first wounded at St. Julien and killed later in action about the 22nd of April, 1915.

College Times (Summer 1916) pg. 3

More information about Lance Corporal Edgar Street Denison ’97 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

The Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canada At War

Canadian Great War Project

Imperial War Museum: Lives of the First World War

Find A Grave


Additional Information:

Thank you to Denison Edwards ’68 who graciously shared information about Lieutenant Bertram Denison, cousin to the great-uncle of Mr. Edwards, Lance-Corporal Edgar Street Denison. Lieutenant Bertram Denison became the first soldier from Toronto to die after the war began, falling in action on August 26, 1914. (A full story can be found here.) Although not an old boy himself, the Denison family has well-known strong and deep connections with Upper Canada College. In addition, Bertram’s brother-in-law, Major Albert Victor Seymour Nordheimer, also perished in the war in March 1918.