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

Lieutenant Oswald Wetherald Grant ’11

Died: June 13, 1916

Lieut. Oswald W. Grant was the eldest son of Dr. A. S. Grant of Toronto. He was born at Almonte, Ont., Dec. 27th, 1892, and educated at Dawson Public School, and Upper Canada College, which he entered in 1906. He entered Toronto University with Senior Matriculation in 1911 and graduated in Arts in 19 14.

While at the University he played tennis with the Varsity team of 1912, Intercollegiate Champions, and football with the Junior Arts, interfaculty champions, 1911. He them entered Osgoode Hall as a law student, and articled with the Toronto firm of Dewart, Maw & Hodgson.

In September, 19 14 he joined the O.O.R. as a private, and then took out his lieutenant’s and captain’s papers, receiving a commission as lieutenant in the 33rd Batt., London, Ont. On June 15th, 19 15, he went overseas as senior subaltern of the first detached company sent from the 33rd, and after three months with the 12th Reserve Batt. at Shorncliffe was drafted to the 1st Batt., C.E.F. at the front in September, where he served till May. He was then appointed Brigade Grenade Officer, and recommended for decoration for ” consistent good work from the start.”

He passed through heavy fighting during the first weeks of June, and just after the capture of a German trench, while examining a machine gun he was instantly killed by a shell about June 13th, 1916

College Times (Summer 1916) pg. 22-23


More information about Lieutenant Oswald Wetherald Grant ’11 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

University of Toronto Roll of Service 1914-1918

Upper Canada College Old Boys Who Served in The Queen’s Own Rifles Canada

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

The Law Society of Upper Canada

Canadian Great War Project

Canada At War

Commonwealth War Graves Commission