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

Lieutenant Robert Ross Hartman ’05

Died: September 2, 1918

Lieut. R. R. Hartman was the son of Mr. I. J. Hartman of Aurora, and was at U.C.C. from 1902-1905. After graduating from the college, he went to the Yukon for one year and afterwards joined the firm of Plummer Ferguson Co., Hardware Merchants. He joined the 227th Battalion, “The Men of the North.” On its arrival in England the Battalion was broken up and he joined the 102nd as Lieut, of the 11th Canadian Mortar Battery; had been in the trenches eleven months when he met his death on September 2nd, 1918, leading his men, somewhere in France; so far the place of his death is unknown.

The following letter has been received from his O. C.


Mr. I. J. Hartman,
Aurora, Ont.

Dear Sir,—

It is with regret that we write and inform you of the death of your son, Lieut. R. R. Hartman, who was killed in action on September 2nd.

Mr. Hartman was wounded in both legs by machine gun bullets, and while lying on the ground having his wounds attended to, a shell burst quite close instantly killing Mr. Hartman and another lad who was doing his best for your son.

As an officer and a gentleman there was none better than your son, he always doing and giving his utmost for his men.

They thought very much of him and it certainly was a terrible blow to us all. We will grieve deeply with you in the loss of a splendid officer and one most dear.

Yours sincerely,
A. Black,
A. O. C.

College Times (Summer 1918) pg. 21-22


More information about Lieutenant Robert Ross Hartman ’05 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canadian Great War Project

Commonwealth War Graves Commission