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

Major Charles Alexander Moss ’90

Died: October 24, 1916

Major Charles A. Moss, son of the late Chief Justice Sir Charles Moss, died in hospital at Rouen from wounds received in action on Oct. 12th, at the age of 41.

Major Moss came to Upper Canada College from the Model School in 1885, and while there was noted both as an athlete and a student. He matriculated at Toronto University as head boy of the College in 1889, took first-class honors in all his courses, and went on to Osgoode Hall, where he also took a very high place.

He was also a prominent athlete, playing lacrosse for the University and for Toronto, Rugby for Upper Canada and the University, and also distinguishing himself in other sports.

In 1897 he was called to the bar and became a partner in the firm of Aylesworth, Moss, Wright and Thompson. As a lawyer he was held in high esteem; Mr. Justice Riddell described him as thoroughly versed in his science and profession, an able counsel, a kindly associate, and an honorable man.

A memorial service was held for Major Moss in St. James’ Cathedral, which was largely attended. The following words of one who knew him seem to describe Major Moss’s character well. “Glory had no charms for him nor had he any love of war for its own sake. Enlistment was a duty which he took as quietly and naturally as if his country had been his client.”

College Times (Summer 1916) pg. 24-25


More information about Major Charles Alexander Moss ’90 can be found at:

Upper Canada Roll of Service 1914-1919

Canadian Virtual War Memorial