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

Lieutenant Francis Carl Howard ’13

Died: September 9, 1916

Lieut. Francis Carl Howard died in a German field hospital on Sept. 9th, 1916, of wounds received in action the same day.

Lt. Howard joined the 15th Field Battery at Guelph on the outbreak of war and qualified as a lieutenant of artillery. As he saw little chance at that time of artillery being sent from Canada, he secured a transfer to the Mississauga Horse and qualified as lieutenant of cavalry. Again failing to get overseas he transferred to the 75th Infantry Batt., and qualified as an infantry lieutenant.

His battalion left Toronto, March 26th, 191 6, and after four months in England left for France about August 3rd. On Sept. 8th , Lt. Howard and another officer went out with 39 men to make a raid on the German lines. Reaching the German trench about 1 a.m. on Sept. 9th , they were received with a deadly machine-gun fire at 10 feet distance. Both officers were wounded, and left in a shell crater, and when a rescue party went out next morning the officers were gone. News has reached Lt. Howard’s parents of his death the same day, and burial in the village of Commes, near Lille.

Lt. Howard, son of Mr. Lewis C. Howard of Toronto, was at U.C.C. from 1908 to 1913, and when the war broke out he was in his 2nd year in medicine at Toronto University. Major Forbes Keith of the 75th Battalion wrote of him as the best subaltern in the battalion, saying : “The great promise he showed during the months of training was more than realized on active service; nothing was too much or too difficult for him to do.”

He was 22 years of age.

College Times (Summer 1916) pg. 8-9

More information on Lieutenant Francis Carl Howard ’13 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

University of Toronto Roll of Service 1914-1918

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canadian Great War Project

Canada At War