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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

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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 19 1 8, 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

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canadian Great War Project

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canada At War

The Royal British Legion – Every Man Remembered

Royal Flying Corps