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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 Edward Steacy ’07

Died: November 25, 1918

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Major William Edward Steacy, whose death was briefly announced in our last issue, died in France in No. 12 Stationary Hospital on Nov. 25th, 19 18, of pneumonia.

Major Steacy came to U.C.C. from St. Mary’s College, Kingston, and was at U.C.C. from 1905 to 1907. His next three years were spent at R. M.C. whence he obtained a commission
in the Canadian Garrison Artillery. Later on he was transferred to the R.C.H.A. at Kingston. At the outbreak of war, he was instructor at the Royal School of Artillery, and was promoted to the rank of Captain and Commandant of the School.

In July, 1916, he reverted to the rank of Lieutenant and went overseas in charge of an artillery draft. He went to France immediately on reaching England and served on the Headquarters Staff with Col. Thacker. He was slightly wounded at Lens in 19 17 and, during convalescence, he was granted furlough to Canada. On returning to France, he was posted to the 19th Battery, C.F.A., and was promoted to the rank of major in October, 1918. On his return to his battery, after leave in London, he took cold and, after a very short illness, died of pneumonia.

Major Steacy is survived by his widow and a young daughter, who reside in Halifax, and four brothers and one sister.

College Times (Summer 1919) pg. 11

More information about Major William Edward Steacy ’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

Frontenac Club Inn Plaque – Kingston (World War 1 Walking Tour – stop #15)

The Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies

Officers who served overseas in the Great War with the Canadian Artillery 1914-1919

The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery