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

Flight Lieutenant Murray Grant Gunn ’11

Died: December 17, 1917

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Flight-Lieut. Murray Gunn, who was reported missing on December 7th, 1917, has been reported killed in action.

He was attached to the 23rd Squadron, R.F.C. The only details available are furnished in a letter received from the Squadron Commander, in which he states that Lieut. Gunn’s machine, while flying near Roulers, five miles over the Hun lines, was disabled, the elevators being damaged by anti-aircraft guns, the machine crashing down to the ground in a spinning nose dive.

Lieut. Gunn was at U.C.C. from 1907-1911 and at the time he enlisted was a third year student in Commerce and Finance at the University of Toronto. He was well known and very popular among his fellow students. He qualified as an infantry Lieutenant at Kingston, taking a special course in signaling and was for a short time attached to the Divisional Signalers at Ottawa, subsequently joining the R.F.C., with which he went overseas in 1916. He was in his 24th year, being the oldest son of the late Mr. Andrew Gunn, former President of Gunns Limited, and of Mrs. Gunn, of 50 Walmer Road, Toronto.

College Times (Summer 1918) pg. 12-13

More information about Lieutenant Murray Grant Gunn ’11 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

Canadian Virtual War Memorial
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University of Toronto Roll of Service, 1914-1918

The Varsity War Supplement 1918 (page 53)

Canadian Great War Project

Canada At War

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Library Archives Canada (tab 21)

 The National Archives – UK

No. 23 Royal Flying Corps during the Great War

The Royal Flying Corps – Historica Canada

Royal Flying Corps
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