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Lieutenant Frederic Gustavus Stupart ’14
Died: October 22, 1916
Lieut. Gus. Stupart, eldest son of Sir Frederick Stupart, director of the Dominion Meteorological Service, died of wounds in France on October 22nd, 1916, at the age of 20. Lieut. Stupart was at Upper Canada College from 1908-1914 and at the outbreak of war had just gone on to Toronto University.
One of his fellow students at the College writes : “Any who were in the Rifle Company three years ago will well remember ‘Gussie’ Stupart. We recollect him as a good officer and a good sort, always ready and willing to do a good turn for the other fellow. I am sure that the whole School deeply regrets the death of Stupart on the field of honour, but perhaps those of us who appreciate it most are those who knew him as lieutenant of the 2nd half of ‘B’ Company in 1913.”
In the autumn of 1914 he joined the Q.O.R. with the intention of going overseas as a private, but in January obtained a commission in the 12th York Rangers. He qualified as lieutenant in the summer of 1915, and was appointed to the 81st Battalion in September. When that battalion was broken up into drafts in England, Lieut. Stupart went to the Military School at Shorncliffe, and reached France to join the 75th Battalion in September, 1916.
From particulars furnished by his Major it appears that on Oct. 21st, Lieut. Stupart was bringing up ammunition across the open under heavy shell fire to a trench just captured from the Germans when he was wounded in the right arm and left wrist by a high explosive shell. He called to his men to go on, and was picked up by a party of German prisoners, who were being marched under guard to the rear. A German stretcher bearer gave him first aid, and he was taken finally to hospital at Coutay, where he died next morning, probably from shock and loss of blood.
His Major adds: “I need scarcely say his loss is a great sorrow to us all here. He was universally liked and respected. In his death he set an example of high courage, fearless determination, and self-sacrifice that the rest of us can never lose sight of.”
College Times (Summer 1916) pg. 12-13
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