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

Lieutenant Claude Castlemaine Temple ’99

Died: October 2, 1916

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Lieut. Claude C. Temple, son of Mr. C. V. M. Temple, of Toronto, has been missing since October, 1916, and is now reported killed in action.

Lieut. Temple, who was 35 at the time of his death, was at U.C.C. from 1895-1899. He then went to Vancouver, where he was in the Northern Crown Bank. When the war broke out he enlisted as a private in the 7th Battalion. He became a noncommissioned officer, and, after being severely wounded at Langemarck, received a commission in the Canadian Mounted Rifles.

Letters from his fellow officers speak of his coolness in action, saying that he was utterly fearless, and was highly esteemed by his men. A report from a stretcher bearer says that he was seen to enter a German trench and emerge again further on, when he was killed by machine gun fire. His body had been removed when the stretcher men went to get it.

College Times (Summer 1917) pg. 7

 

More information on Lieutenant Claude Castlemaine Temple ’99 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canadian Great War Project (1) and Canadian Great War Project (2)

Commonwealth War Graves Memorial

Royal Bank of Canada – First World War Roll of Honour

Imperial War Museum (UK) – Lives of the First World War