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

Lieutenant John Anthony Ninian Ormsby ’12

Died: August 2, 1916

Lieut. John Anthony Vivian Ormsby died on Aug. 5th, 1916*, in the German lines, according to information from the German Red Cross, three days after his machine had been brought down by anti-aircraft guns, from wounds received in action while flying over the enemy trenches.

Lieut. Ormsby was the son of Mr. J. Y. Ormsby, of Forest Hill Road, Toronto. He obtained a commission with the 10th Royal Grenadiers in Sept., 19 14, and was appointed to the Eaton Machine Gun Battery in Jan., 19 15. He reached England at the beginning of June, 1915, and in January, 1916, exchanged into the Royal Flying Corps. On July 1st, 191 6, he crossed to France, and on Aug. 2nd was reported missing.

Lieut. Ormsby was at Upper Canada College from 1904 to 1912, and afterwards went to the School of Practical Science.

He was in his twenty-third year at the time of his death.

 College Times (Summer 1916) pg. 8-9

*The death date listed in the College Times was incorrect. The correct date, August 2, 1916, was published in the Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919. Please refer to the link below.

More information about Lieutenant John Anthony Ninian Ormsby ’12 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

University of Toronto Roll of Service 1914-1918

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canada At War

Canadian Great War Project