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

Lieutenant Howard Primrose ’13

Died: May 26, 1916

Lieut. Howard P. Primrose, only son of Lieut. -Col. (Dr.) Alexander Primrose, was reported on June 1st killed in action, after being only three weeks at the front. The circumstances attending his death have not yet reached us. Lieut. -Col. Primrose is at present in command of the University Base Hospital at Saloniki.

Lieut. Primrose obtained a commission in the 10th Royal Grenadiers shortly after the outbreak of war. He left for England last summer with the 36th Battalion, and was there transferred to another unit. He was 21 years old last January.

Many of us remember the truly British way in which Primrose faced a more skilful opponent in the Heavyweight final at the College three years ago. To quote the account given at the time he showed “wonderful pluck, and stuck to his adversary to the final bell with a gameness that was remarkable after the gruelling he had taken.” We may be sure that in the more serious conflict he displayed the same manly qualities which were so conspicuous while he was still at school.

College Times (Summer 1916) pg. 8-9


More information about Lieutenant Howard Primrose ’13 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

The Canadian Virtual War Memorial

University of Toronto Roll of Service 1914-1918