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

Lieutenant Mowbray MacDonell Perdue ’09

Died: May 9, 1917

Lieut. Mowbray Macdonell Perdue, son of Mr. Justice Perdue, Court of Appeal, Manitoba, was killed in action on May 9th, 1917, at the age of 26.

Lieut. Perdue was at U.C.C. from 1906- 1909, and on leaving studied law and was called to the Bar in Manitoba in October 1914. In the early part of 1915 he was given a commission in the 144th Battalion and left for England in September, 1915.

The 144th, as usual with the battalions now leaving Canada, was used for reinforcements for other battalions already at the front, and Lieut. Perdue was appointed to the 18th Reserve, a training battalion. He took several courses in England and assisted in training men who were sent to France. On April 27th, 1917, he went to France with a draft as lieutenant in the 44th Battalion, which had been for some time at the front.

On May 6th he went into the trenches and immediately took part in the exceedingly severe fighting of May 7th-9th, being killed in action on the 9th, probably in the vicinity of Vimy Ridge.

 College Times (Summer 1917) pg. 12-13


More information about Lieutenant Mowbray MacDonell Perdue ’09 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canadian Great War Project

Canada At War

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Royal British Legion – Every Man Remembered 

The Laurier Centre for Military and Disarmament Studies

The Manitoba Historical Society 

144th Infantry Battalion Nominal Roll 1916