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Major Edmund Rochfort Street ’94
Died: October 15, 1916
Canada College, 1889-1894, and matriculated in 1894 in the University of Toronto with honors in mathematics and German. He had spent a year when a young boy (in 1887-88) in Leipzig with his family, which explains his proficiency in German. At the University he remained for two years, but broke off his course in order to prepare for entrance into the Army. He was gazette a lieutenant in the Royal Grenadiers of Toronto in June, 1896, and immediately went to Stanley Barracks to qualify. He spent six months there and took first as “R.S.T. 2nd,” and then a first class certificate which qualifies for field rank in the Canadian militia. From Stanley Barracks he went to Kingston, where he took the long course, about another six months. He went to England for the summer of 1897, reading with an Army coach for three months, and as a result of his work he passed the necessary examinations easily, and in due course was gazetted early in 1898 a lieutenant in the 1st Hampshire Regiment. He at once left Canada to join his regiment in India, where he passed the next two and a half years, but as his regiment seemed likely to remain in India instead of being called upon to form part of the forces engaged in the Boer war in South Africa, Lieutenant Street, as he then was, made great efforts to be seconded into the 2nd Battalion of the Hampshires which was in South Africa.
With some difficulty he succeeded and thus came in for the final stage of the Boer war. He commanded a block-house for some time but saw no actual fighting. In 1906 he suffered a breakdown in health, the result of enteric fever, and felt obliged to leave the Army. He retired, therefore, having already received the rank of captain. After several years in British Columbia his health was restored and he turned his attention to farming.
Having gone to Guelph to attend classes of instruction at the Agricultural College he became interested in the Boy Scouts and devoted most of his time to assisting that movement. He lived in Guelph for the greater part of three years and was the head of the Scout organization for the county. Early in 19 14 he went to England and to the Continent, and was actually in Germany at a small town in the Black Forest during part of the eventful week that preceded the outbreak of war. He traveled through the Rhine district to Holland while mobilization against France was going on, and on the evening of the day he reached England again the declaration of war against Germany was made. Captain Street at once offered his services to the War Office. After temporary occupation in drilling he was given a commission as captain in the 2nd Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters (Nottingham and Derbyshire Regiment), but attached to the 3rd Battalion in command of a company. At the beginning of January, 19 15, his battalion was transferred to France and from then until he was killed in October, 19 16, he was continuously in service at the front. Except for a slight contusion from a bursting shell in August, 1915, he received no injury until he got his death-wound on October 15th, 1916, dying within a few hours in the casualty clearing station. In June, 191 5, he was awarded the D.S.O., and in the following November was mentioned in dispatches. Shortly after this he was given the temporary rank of Major.
College Times (Summer 1916) pg. 8-10
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