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

Major Walter Eyre Curry ’09

Died: April 9, 1917

Major Walter Eyre Curry was at the College from 1903-1909. Immediately after matriculating he took a position with Aemilius Jarvis and Co. He was a member of the Queen’s Own Rifles and accompanied them to England under Lt.-Col. Sir Henry Pellatt. In August 1914, he joined the 3rd Battalion a result of the hardships, and was invalided home. In Sept. 1915, he joined the 83rd Batt. as Captain and obtained his Majority before leaving for England. He rejoined his old Battalion, the 3rd, and was killed at Vimy Ridge in April 1917, whilst leading his company through a German barrage.

His commanding officer says, “His officers and men thought the world of him, and they proved it that day by carrying every objective allotted them, which he has so carefully trained them for.”

College Times (Christmas 1917) pg. 7


More information about Major Walter Eyre Curry ’09 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Upper Canada College Old Boys Who Served in The Queen’s Own Rifles Canada

Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum and Archives

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canadian War Dead, First World War – University of Waterloo

Canada At War

Canadian Great War Project

The Royal British Legion – Every Man Remembered