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

Lieutenant Herbert Spencer Holcroft ’92

Died: July 8, 1916

Lieut. H. Spencer Holcroft was the youngest son of the late Thos. Holcroft, of Orillia, in which place he was born Sept. 4th, 1877. He was educated at Upper Canada College and Trinity College School, Port Hope, was a graduate of the School of Practical Science in mining and civil engineering. As a D.L.S. he had done a great deal of surveying in the West, particularly in the Peace River District.

When war broke out, he was engaged in work at Fort Churchill and after his return to Toronto, went to Calgary to join the 2nd Tunnelling Co., with which he was serving in France at the time of his death. He had for many years been a Lieutenant in the G.G.B.G. and was a member of the Toronto Hunt.

On July 8th, 19 16, Lieut. Holcroft died of wounds in Military Hospital No. 4, London, England, aged 39.

 College Times (Summer 1917) pg. 6


More information about Lieutenant Herbert Spencer Holcroft ’92 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

Province of British Columbia: BC Geographical Names

Commonwealth War Graves Commission