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Discover the stories and remember the lives of UCC
Old Boys who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War.

Major Albert Victor Seymour Nordheimer ’02

Died: March 30, 1918

Major Albert Victor Seymour Nordheimer, Royal Canadian Dragoons, only son of Mr. Albert Nordheimer, 95 Bernard Avenue, President of the Nordheimer Piano & Music Company, Ltd., was reported killed in action in France, on March 30th.

Major Victor Nordheimer was an old Upper Canada College boy, was at U.C.C. from 1898-1902, and graduated from the Royal Military College, Kingston, about the year 1906. Later, he took a commission with the Royal Canadian Dragoons, serving with them for seven years, and resigning to enter business with his father.

At the outbreak of the war, he was in the West on a business trip, and he immediately wired his old regiment, offering his services. He was promoted to the position of Officer Commanding at Stanley Barracks, with the rank of Major, but in order to go overseas with all possible speed, he reverted to Captain. In 1916, he took over a detachment of cavalry, and again reverted that he might go to the front. He became Assistant Provost Marshal at Canadian headquarters, but was very desirous of getting back to his regiment, and the official announcement which was received, stated this desire had been gratified ; he was with his old regiment at the time of his death.

A popular officer and an enthusiastic all round sportsman, Major Nordheimer was one of the most proficient foil and broad sword fencers in Canada, and took part in many tournaments, being a member of several Dominion and Provincial championship teams. He was a member of the Toronto Hunt and Toronto Clubs.

Major Nordheimer was 33 years of age. He is survived by his father and two sisters, Mrs. A. R. Martin and Mrs. Bertram Denison, whose husband, while serving as Captain in the Yorkshire Light Infantry, was killed in the retreat from Mons.

College Times (Summer 1918) pg. 15-16


More information about Lieutenant Albert Victor Seymour Nordheimer ’02 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

The Late Major Victor Nordheimer

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canada At War

Canadian Great War Project

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Soldiers of the 38th

Find A Grave


Additional Information:

Thank you to Denison Edwards ’68 who graciously shared information about Lieutenant Bertram Denison, brother-in-law to Major Albert Victor Seymour Nordheimer. Lieutenant Bertram Denison became the first soldier from Toronto to die after the war began, falling in action on August 26, 1914. (A full story can be found here.) Although not an old boy himself, the Denison family has well-known strong and deep connections with Upper Canada College. Bertram’s cousin, Lance Corporal Edgar Street Denison, also perished in the war in April 1915.