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

Lieutenant Colonel Coote Nisbit Shanly ’80

Died: September 7, 1916

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Lieut.-Col. Coote Nesbitt Shanly died on Sept. 7th at his residence in Toronto, from the effects of overwork while in France.

He was appointed chief field paymaster in the First Canadian Division, and went to France in that capacity. While at Rouen his health broke down in April, and after some weeks in hospital in England he was brought home in the hope that his condition might improve ; unfortunately this was not the case. He received the D.S.O. for his services on the King’s Birthday.

Lieut.-Col. Shanly was the last surviving son of the late Francis Shanly, C.E. He was educated at Upper Canada College and was afterwards for 12 years connected with the 10th Royal Grenadiers, of which regiment he was Adjutant for three years. When war broke out he was in the Militia Pay Department at Ottawa. On Sept. 9th his body received a military funeral at St. James’ Cemetery, Toronto.

College Times (Summer 1916) pg. 26

More information on Lieutenant Colonel Coote Nisbit Shanly ’80 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canada At War

Canadian Great War Project

Commonwealth War Graves Commission