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

Major George Edward Vansittart ’01

Died: May 14, 1916

A brief account of Major Vansittart appeared in our last issue. He went to R.M.C. in 1901 (not 1905 as erroneously stated), and it may be noted that he took his engineering diploma at McGill in 9 months, a course usually occupying 2 years. In May, 1915, he went to England in command of the 13th Battery, and reached the front in Sept. He was mentioned in despatches by Sir Douglas Haig on April 30th for gallant and distinguishedservice in the field.

Major Vansittart was spoken of by Lt.-General Alderson as one of the best Battery Commanders in the Corps, taking pride in having his men happy and his battery efficient. One of his officers described him as “a great gentleman, a great fighter, and a genius in his own line,” and one whose loss the whole corps deeply regret ; and the Battery Sergt.-Major expressed in a most feeling manner the grief of the non-commissioned officers and men for the loss of one whom they regarded as their best friend, whose first thought was for the comfort, welfare and safety of his men, and who was also one of the best artillery officers in the Corps.

College Times (Summer 1916) pg. 5


More information about Major George Edward Vansittart ’01 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

The Canadian Virtual War Memorial

University of Toronto Roll of Service 1914-1918

Canadian Great War Project

Canada At War

Commonwealth Graves Commission