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

Lieutenant Colonel William Renwick Marshall ’88

Died: May 19, 1916

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Lieut.-Col. William Renwick Marshall, D.S.O., was killed in action on May 19th, shot through the head by a sniper.

Lieut.-Col. Marshall was at the College from 1887- 1890, and was a distinguished athlete. After leaving the College he won the Hamilton Herald Road Race, was a member of the Canadian Rugby team which visited England in 1900-1901, and also of the Canadian Cricket team, which toured that country in 1912.

At the time of his death he was 46 years old. Lieut.-Col. Marshall had distinguished himself at the front. In June, 1915, he was mentioned by Sir John French for conspicuous gallantry, and on August 21st received the Distinguished Service Order from the King at Aldershot. He had served previously in South Africa with the Canadian Mounted Rifles, and was mentioned in dispatches for gallant conduct at Paardeberg. Officers who knew him and had served with him have all spoken in the highest terms of Lieut. -Col. Marshall as a soldier, a sportsman and a man.

College Times (Summer 1917) pg. 8

More information about Lieutenant Colonel William Renwick Marshall ’88 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919 

The Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Library Archives Canada – Soldiers of the First World War – Digitized Service File for Lieut.-Col. William Renwick Marshall, D.S.O.

“The Red Watch” With the First Canadian Division in Flanders

The Cricketer – Lieutenant Colonel Billy Marshall, D.S.O., 15th (48th Highlanders) Battalion

Canadian Great War Project

Common Wealth War Graves Commission