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

Major William Beverley Crowther ’07

Died: May 3, 1917

Major W. Beverley Crowther is reported killed in action on May 2nd 1917, at the age of 28.

Major Crowther, son of Mr. William C. Crowther of Toronto, came to U.C.C. in 1902 and left in 1907, after matriculating at Toronto University, to go into business. While at Upper Canada he was a member of the Rifle Corps and immediately after leaving took out a commission in the Q.O.R. He went to Aldershot in 1910 with the Queen’s Own under Sir Henry Pellatt.

At the outbreak of war he went overseas with the 1st Contingent in the Q.O.R., which at Salisbury Plains was formed, with the Grenadiers and Body Guards, into the 3rd Battalion. He was gazette Captain after the 2nd Battle of Ypres, and returned home for two months’ leave in the summer of 1916, receiving his majority in January 1917. He was slightly wounded April 21st, 1917.

College Times (Summer 1917) pg. 11-12


More information about Major William Beverley Crowther ’07 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canada At War

Canadian Great War Project

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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

The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum and Archives

3rd Bn War Diaries 1916

3rd Bn War Diaries 1917

The Royal British Legion – Every Man Remembered