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

Major Gordon Hamilton Southam ’03

Died: October 15, 1916

Major Gordon H. Southam was killed in action near Courcelette on Oct. 15th, 1916, in his 31st year. Major Southam was the youngest son of Mr. William Southam, president of the Spectator Printing Co., | Hamilton. He was at U.C.C. from 1898-1903, where he was a good all-round athlete, especially prominent as a cricketer. At the University of Toronto he developed into probably the best all-round athlete of his year, playing for three years on the Varsity Rugby and Hockey teams, and winning the novice championship in lawn tennis. As a cricketer he had few superiors in Canada and was a member of the Zingari team which toured Great Britain.

Later he was president of the Hamilton Squash Racket Club, and in 1907 won the championship of the Lambton Golf Club. In the spring of 1915 Major Southam went to Kingston to qualify as an artillery officer and went overseas with the 40th Battery shortly after. He had been in France only a few months when he was killed on the Somme front.

The battery was moving forward to take part in the big drive of Oct. 15th, when some German batteries started a heavy shelling. Several shells burst immediately over Major Southam, who was instantly killed, while occupied with the rescue of a wounded soldier.

College Times (Summer 1916) pg. 10-11

More information about Major Gordon Hamilton Southam ’03 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

Canadian Virtual War Memorial