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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:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

The Canadian Virtual War Memorial [Note: date of death does not correspond with that recorded in April 23rd, 1915 War Diaries entry]

Canada At War

Canadian Great War Project

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Scotiabank Archives – Roll of Honour – The Great War

St. Andrew’s College Review (Easter 1915)

St. Andrew’s College Review (Summer 1919)

Trinity College School Record (April 1909 – December 1912)

Trinity College School Record (April 1913 – January 1916)

Trinity College School Record (May 1916 – January 1919)

Queen’s Own Rifles – 3rd (Toronto) Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force in particular the April 23rd, 1915 War Diaries entry which lists Pte. Broughall.