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

Lieutenant John Balsillie Blanchard ’99

Died: October 13, 1915

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‘Let those that come after him see to it that his name be not forgotten.’

Was at Colombo, Ceylon, when war broke out. Entered his name and offered his service in any capacity on the day war was declared. Did duty as special constable in guarding prisoner ships in Colombo harbour while waiting to be sent to England. Was publicly thanked for the efficient manner in which he performed this task. Got his commission in London in March, 1915. Was ordered to France with his regiment in June, serving there until October, when he was killed in action at the battle of Loos on the 13th October, 1915. His mother had letters from his colonel, his captain and several of his fellow officers, all speaking in high terms of his efficiency as an officer and of his personal charm as a companion. His high sense of honour was referred to by more than one.

College Times (Summer 1921) pg. 62

More information about Lieutenant John Balsillie Blanchard ’99 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

Métis National Council Historical Online Database

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Loos Memorial

Additional information:

Although Canadian, there doesn’t appear to be a reference to Lieutenant John Balsillie Blanchard ’99 in the Canadian Virtual War Memorial. It appears that he served in the United Kingdom with the 1/6 Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment.

The parents of Lieutenant John Balsillie Blanchard ’99 were Sedley Blanchard QC (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) and Jane Bell Clarke (Fort Rae, Northwest Territories, Canada). His material grandfather was Lawrence Clarke (Fermoy, Republic of Ireland).