Discover the stories and remember the lives of UCC
Old Boys who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War.
Private Deric Broughall
Died: April 23, 1915
Deric Broughall was the son of Mr. Fred Broughall, who up to two years ago was general manager of the [Metropolitan] Bank, Toronto, and grandson of the Rev. A. J. Broughall, D.D., and of Mr. H. S. Strathy.
Born in 1895, he was at our Preparatory School from 1905-1908. He then went to Lakefield for two years, and finished his education at Trinity College School, Port Hope. In 1913 his family moved to London, England, but Deric after spending a few months there, returned to Canada and started work in the Metropolitan Bank.
He joined the Q.O.R. in the spring of last year, and when war was declared he was one of the first to enlist for foreign service and went to the front in the machine gun section of the 3rd Battalion. On April 22nd, when the Germans began their attack with gas fumes and a very heavy artillery bombardment, the 3rd Battalion was being brought up from the reserves, and at one place where they got into the zone of the artillery fire a great many sought shelter for the time in a sort of ditch along the road. In this place several members of the machine gun section were killed by bursting shells, among them Lieut. Macdonald and Deric Broughall. He had been very happy in the army, and his good spirits added to the life of any group in which he happened to be.
Letters from his comrades speak of his death with very great regret.
College Times (Summer 1915) pg. 8-9
More information about Private Deric Broughall can be found at:
Queen’s Own Rifles – 3rd (Toronto) Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force in particular the April 23rd, 1915 War Diaries entry which lists Pte. Broughall.