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Discover the stories and remember the lives of UCC
Old Boys who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War.

Lieutenant Gerald Alfred Learn ’15

Died: June 24, 1918

Flight-Lieut. G. A. Learn, son of Mrs. G. A. Learn, 99 Galley Ave., Toronto, was at the U.C.C. from 1912-1915 where he played on the Rugby Teams. He went overseas in 1916 and for a time was in France, whence he was brought back as instructor at the Central Flying School, Salisbury Plains. In April 1918, he returned to France and was killed in June 24th. A letter received from his O. C. stated that he received his death in a fight against three enemy tri-planes ; he was scouting at the time in a one-seater machine, after being attacked by these machines, Lieut. Learn’s airship was seen to collapse and he was undoubtedly killed instantly; that he put up a brave fight against overwhelming odds and that he served as an inspiration to his brother officers. He was 22 years of age.

College Times (Summer 1918) pg. 8-9

More information about Lieutenant Gerald Alfred Learn ’15 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

The roll of pupils of Upper Canada College, Toronto : January 1830 to June 1916

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Royal Air Force Story Vault

Central Flying School

Canadian Great War Project

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canada At War

The Royal British Legion – Every Man Remembered

Royal Flying Corps