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

Lieutenant-Colonel George Taylor Denison ’88

Died: May 8, 1917

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Lt.-Col. G. T. Denison was the eldest son on Col. Dension ’55, Heydon Villa, Toronto. After leaving U.C.C. he joined the G.G.B.C as 2nd Lieut; he served in that regiment about 20 years attaining the rank of Major. He was requested by the Military Dept. to organize the 2nd Div. Cyclist Corps and took it to England with the rank of Lt.-Col. As he was not allowed to take the Corps to France, reverted to the rank of Major and was attached to the 19th Canadian Batt. ; he fought through Vimy Ridge and several other engagements; he was killed in action on May 8, 1917.

The Col. of his Batt. wrote “We have lost a very dear comrade and a splendid solider, one who could have had a safe position behind the firing line, if he had desired, but who conceived it to be his duty to fight.”

His body has been recovered and will be buried in a regular cemetery with full military honours. Lt.-Col. Denison was a lawyer by profession, of the firm of Denison, Miller and Livingston.

College Times (Christmas 1917) pg. 8-9

More information about Major George Taylor Denison ’88 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Library Archives Canada – Soldiers of the First World War – Personnel Records for Lt.-Col Denison ’88

Library Archives Canada – Soldiers of the First World War – 19th Battalion War Diaries – May 1917 entries

Canadian Great War Project

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

A History of the Denison Family in Canada, 1792 to 1910

The Law Society of Upper Canada World War One Memorial

The Governor-General’s Bodyguard

Canadian “Divisional Cyclist Companies & Corps Battalions” During The First World War.