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

Private Cyril Monsarrat Thompson ’06

Died: May 28, 1915

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When Cyril Thompson came to the College in 1903, he was a very small, frail lad, with dark hair, and a pale and serious face. During his stay with us he made good progress with his studies, moving up regularly to the Fifth Form, but he did not seem to improve much physically. When he left the College in 1906 he entered the Imperial Bank. About this time he began to grow, and in a few years he became a fine, vigorous young man who could hold his own in any company.

He had been a member of the Queen’s Own Rifles, and when the war broke out he enlisted in the 3rd Battalion along with two other bank friends. Apparently all three came through the hard fighting at Langemarck without harm, and no unfavorable news of him reached his home till June 8th, when a telegram was received from Ottawa, announcing that he had died from wounds on May 28th. Cyril Thompson was an only son, and this has made his death a very heavy blow to his parents and the members of his family.

College Times (Summer 1915) pg. 16-17

More information about Private Cyril Monsarrat Thompson ’06 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

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

The Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canadian Great War Project

Canada At War

Imperial War Museum (UK) – Lives of the First World War

The Royal British Legion – Every Man Remembered

Library Archives Canada 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The War Graves Photographic Project

“Thompson, Cyril Monsarrat,” Mapping Canada’s War Experience, accessed June 30, 2015