Discover the stories and remember the lives of UCC
Old Boys who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War.
Lieutenant Walter Scott Waldie ’97
Died: February 9, 1919
The body of Lieut. W. Scott Waldie who died of pneumonia at No. 9 Canadian General Hospital, Rhyl, North Wales, on February 19, 1919, has been brought home for burial.
Lieut. Scott Waldie was largely instrumental in organizing and recruiting the 122nd. Muskoka Battalion, with which unit he went overseas with the rank of Major. It was at that time intended as a fighting battalion, but as it had been mainly recruited from lumbermen in the Muskoka district, and as new Forestry units were urgently required, it was reorganized as a Forestry battalion.
Lieut. Waldie served with the rank of Major with the Forestry Corps in France, but not caring for non-combatant service, although his knowledge of lumbering was of great value, he reverted to the rank of Lieutenant and passed through the Canadian Officers’ School at Bexhill, where he qualified for a fighting unit. He was about to proceed to France when the armistice was signed. Lieut. Waldie refused to accept again the rank of Major, from which he had reverted.
He was a son-in-law of Sir Edward Kemp and leaves a wife and three small children. A brother, Second Lieut. C. P. Waldie, lost his life in September 1915, at Loos, being with the 8th Royal West Surreys (Imperials). He was first reported missing and afterward killed in action.
Lieut. Waldie was at U.C.C. from 1894-1897; prior to joining the service he was an inspector of the Victoria Harbour Lumber Co., Toronto.
College Times (Summer 1919) pg. 11-12
More information about Lieutenant Walter Scott Waldie ’97 can be found at: