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Discover the stories and remember the lives of UCC
Old Boys who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War.

Major Sidney Smith Burnham ’06

Died: August 9, 1918

Staff Major S. S. Burnham, D.S.O., eldest son of Dr. Burnham, 128 Bloor St., W. Was at U.C.C. from 1903-1906; he took the first officers training course that was opened in Canada and was attached to the 19th Battalion as Lieut., going overseas in May 1915. The following September he was sent; to France, where he was promoted to Captain, in August 1916, and in 1917 to Major. In October 1917, he won the D.S.O. for valor on the field and a little later he was attached to the general staff, while his name has been several times mentioned in dispatches. The same shell that killed Major Burnham, wounded Brig. -Gen. Ross and Capt. Pete Campbell of Varsity football fame. Major Burnham was in his 30th year.

College Times (Summer 1918) pg. 24-25

More information about Major Sidney Smith Burnham ’06 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canadian Great War Project

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canada At War

The Royal British Legion – Every Man Remembered

Find A Grave

The Canadian Journal of Medicine and Surgery, 1918, p. 108-9

Dix Noonan Webb – Orders, Decorations and Medals

The Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies

University of Toronto Roll of Service, 1914-1918

University of Toronto Monthly

The Varsity War Supplement 1915