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

Second Lieutenant Allan MacNab Denovan ’14

Died: March 26, 1918

Flight-Lieut. Allan MacNab Denovan who was at U.C.C. from 1912-1914 was born in Toronto, on January 8th, 1895.

Soon after the outbreak of the war he offered himself for overseas service, but was rejected as being physically unfit. However, after an operation which removed the disability he obtained a commission in the Flying Corps and went overseas in December 1916. Training in England he went to France at the end of April 1917, where he was appointed photographic officer of an Artillery Observation Squadron, and as such made many valuable photographs of the Cambrai Sector including portions of the Hindenburg line.

While thus engaged he was attacked once and again by Hun Scout formations and in more than one stiff fight came off victorious with several enemy machines to his credit. In one of these encounters on the 15th of June, 1917, he was severely wounded in his right hand, losing his little finger. While convalescing in England for some seven months, he was for a part of that time on active service, on home duty, being among other things on the defense of London.

He returned to the Front at the end of January 1918, and was assigned to a fast scouting machine in which he did much effective work prior to the launching of the German offensive of the 21st March and during the opening days of this offensive, according to a letter from his Flight-Commander, did remarkably good work. When last seen on the 26th day of March, 1918, he was bombing the Germans massing for attack on the Bapaume battle front, at the low altitude of fifty feet. He is still listed by the British War Office as ”Missing.”

College Times (Summer 1919) pg. 8-9



More information about Second Lieutenant Allan MacNab Denovan ’14 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canadian Great War Project

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canada At War

The War Graves Photographic Project

University of Toronto Schools