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

Lance Corporal Richard Lawton Lyall ’11

Died: June 17, 1915

Richard L. Lyall, who left College in 1911, was killed in action on June 16th, when serving with the Queen’s Own Machine Gun detachment. It was on the last day in the trenches before a period of rest that he had the misfortune to be hit. During an exceptionally heavy bombardment he received orders to move the machine gun, of which he was in charge, a few hundred yards, to cover an attack about to be made, and had been in action but a few minutes when a Hun bullet struck his forehead, instantly killing him. He was exceptionally well liked by the crew of men he was over.

In the words of his chum, Bombardier Williams, “Dick was the youngest in our crew, and I know there was not a better-run crew in our detachment, and best of all outside of running it from sheer authority he ran it in such a manner that each man was ever ready to do anything he could for Dick.”

He was buried with the deepest tokens of affection by his comrades in arms, and a little wooden cross marks the spot somewhere in France.

He was a quiet, hard-working boy when at College, and at all times a halo of cheerfulness seemed to envelop him. He leaves behind him the best of memories in the minds both of masters and boys.

College Times (Summer 1915) pg. 4-5

More information about Lance Corporal Richard Lawton Lyall ’11 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

Upper Canada College Old Boys Who Served in The Queen’s Own Rifles Canada

The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum and Archives

3rd Bn War Diaries 1915

The Royal British Legion – Every Man Remembered

The Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canada At War

Canadian Great War Project