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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 William Archer Casey ’03

Died: September 8, 1916

Major William Archer Casey was the eldest son of the late Geo. E. Casey, M.P., for West Elgin. He enlisted at the outbreak of war with his own regiment, the Victoria Fusiliers, and went over with the First Contingent as Acting Sergeant in the 7th Batt., C.E.F. He refused a commission in Kitchener’s Army and went to the front as Corporal with his own regiment. In April, 1915, he was wounded, and obtained his commission.

For a time he was too lame to return to France, and did some work on machine guns, rejoining his regiment about Christmas time. At the end of April he was promoted to Captain, and received his majority a few weeks before his death on Sept. 8th, at the age of thirty.

Major Casey was at Upper Canada College 1899-1902, and on leaving us went on a surveying party with the G.T.P. near Fort William. The next year he went out as a member of the first surveying party to Prince Rupert. Here he did much work on the harbour soundings and put in much of the sewerage system. He was afterwards City Engineer at Esquimault, leaving that place for Seattle where he spent about six months.

All who knew Major Casey remember him with kindly feelings, and his rapid rise from Corporal to Major speaks for his soldierly qualities.

College Times (Summer 1916) pg. 17


More information on Major William Archer Casey ’03 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canadian Great War Project

Canada At War

Commonwealth War Graves Commission