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

Lance Corporal Hugh Melville Carmichael ’05

Died: June 6, 1916

Lance Corporal* Hugh Melville Carmichael ’05, the son of Mrs. A. Charmichael, entered Upper Canada College from Kenora High School at the age of 17 in 1904. After studies at the College Hugh went on to McGill and Queen Universities.

Hugh Melville Carmichael was a member of a survey crew for the Canadian Pacific Railway in Alberta and surveyed a road from Calgary to Banff, also working on the Bassano Dam and irrigation works. Carmichael later worked on the Connaught Tunnel in the Selkirk Mountains in British Columbia until the outbreak of World War I when he enlisted in the 57th Infantry Battalion. He was the shortest of the Carmichaels and could not secure a commission as he was too short, but he became a Sergeant and served as a sapper and as an underground miner in Hooge, France. He was killed by an explosion and died on June 6th 1915 at Hooge, France with the rank of Lance Corporal.*

Official report: “Enemy exploded four mines under the trenches held by the Company to which this soldier was attached.”

*Records relating to Hugh Melville Carmichael ’05 in College Times  and the Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919 suggest that this Old Boy was a Lance Corporal vs Private as is indicated in the Canadian Virtual War Memorial. 

More information about Private Hugh Melville Carmichael ’05 can be found at:

*Provincial Archives of Canada – Hugh Melville Carmichael fonds

Canadian Great War Project

Canada At War

Commonwealth War Graves Commission